Vampires Really Exist & Here's What You Need to Know About Them

Think about vampires. Gothic and terrifying, or sparkly and romantic; you have to admit that you have a preconceived notion about them. One thing I'd be willing to bet you don't consider -- vampires are real and they walk among us.

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There is a community of humans among us who believe that they need to feed on others' life forces in order to subsist. They don't have fangs, they don't care to kill, and I'm sure that they don't appreciate Edward Cullen.

According to a small study published in the journal Critical Social Work, there are many members of our society who are afraid to "come out of the coffin" when it comes to the need to consume others.

Apparently human vampires don't need to completely drain others, but rather they feed off of them -- through either their energy or their blood.

Yes, there are people who apparently don't feel right in their lives unless they have occasional doses of another human being's blood. It's all consensual, though, and as long as everyone has been screened, it's not dangerous.

So who are these people? They believe that their health and well-being depends on "sucking energy" out of another consenting adult. Vampire scholar and post-doctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology John Browning says, "Sanguinarian and psychic vampires are after the same thing -- energy ... But the former extracts that energy from blood while the latter extracts the same energy through touch or other, mental means."

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The study suggests that real human vampires are entirely normal. They work regular jobs, raise their families, and deal with, as the authors say, the normal "stress, various health issues, relationship difficulties, education or career transitions, and various other struggles that people commonly face."

It should be noted that "real vampires" are different than "lifestyle vampires," the latter of which care to wear prosthetic fangs and cloaks but don't necessarily feel the need to feed off others.

Real human vampires feel like they really need to feed off others, either by their blood or their energy.

It's not surprising that most of the people who participated in the study declined to give their name. Wouldn't you be freaked out if you learned that your office-mate secretly drank human blood to make themselves feel better?

Others blame a lack of iron for this phenomenon, and I can't say that I blame them. Blood is a rich source of iron and can do a body just as good as calcium can.

But when it comes down to this weird ritual of human vampirism ... I have to go with the phrase "whatever floats your boat." I'm not into drinking blood, but as long as it's between consenting (hopefully screened) adults ... then who am I to judge?

 

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