You know that friend, family member or casual acquaintance who thinks the world is against them? You know, the person who will find any and every opportunity to complain about how things never work out for them? Yep, the people who always—no matter what—play the victim. People with a victim mentality often refuse to take responsibility for the problems that happen in their lives and expect their loved ones to swoop in every time something goes wrong. The thing is, we all have our own issues, so when someone is burdening you with their problems, it can feel incredibly draining.
According to author Dr. Judith Orloff, constant victims are actually energy vampires. In case you missed it, energy vampire is a term for the people in your life who suck up all your energy (you know, like vampires). They tend to be dramatic, needy and high maintenance. If you suspect (know) that someone in your life is the type to always play the victim, read on for three tips for dealing with them, care of Orfloff’s fascinating book, The Empath’s Survival Guide.