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Given the catchy title, some might think Psychic Vampires is a tongue-in-cheek book about all the annoying friends and family members who drain our energy. But Joe H. Slate, an academic researcher and practicing psychologist, has written an earnest discussion on a lesser-known form of vampirism: predators who feed off human energy rather than blood. Every psychic-vampire attack "consumes its victim's energy and over the long haul destroys the energy system itself," he writes. Victims of repeated vampire attacks may experience "chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances ... excessive anxiety, sexual indifference, and impaired memory." Much of Slate's book speaks to warding off these toxic energy attacks. (These psychic attacks take many forms: one-on-one conversations, a touch on the shoulder, or even a long-distance thought assault.) The best defense is a "strong internal system," claims Slate, who suggests numerous exercises and tools for boosting personal energy. Despite the havoc they wreak, most of Slate's vampires are not portrayed as evil life suckers, but rather people caught in a debilitating cycle of energy addiction. --Gail Hudson

About the Author

Joe H. Slate is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice with a PhD from the University of Alabama and postdoctoral studies in hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine at the University of California. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Athens State University and Honorary Professor at the University of Montevallo.

His research interests include health and fitness, rejuvenation, pain management, reincarnation, astral projection, and the human aura. His research has been funded by the US Army, the Parapsychology Foundation of New York, and numerous private sources.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association and a Platinum Registrant in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is founder of the Parapsychology Research Institute and Foundation (PRIF) and author of several books, including Beyond Reincarnation; Psychic Vampires; Aura Energy for Health, Healing & Balance; and Rejuvenation.

He has appeared on numerous talk shows and TV programs, including Sightings and Strange Universe.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; First Edition edition (April 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738701912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738701912
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must have especially for people who work in for corporations or anyone who works with the public in general. It touches on alot of things we never even realize. Even talks about how in relationships we could be victims of a psychic vampire or the predator. Alot of times it is a totally unconscious that a person is draining others of energy. In todays society with all thats going on we need to be aware. Not paranoid just aware. This book is a must have for anyone in a draining relationship,codependant relationships,working in the public or anyone studying the psychic realm. Very beneficial information to have.
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I chose this book for my Metaphysical Discussion Group. I bought it originally to learn how to block people that try to access my energy without my permission.

We all know these people. The guy at work that gets in your face and talks really loud and fast so you can't hold your own in the conversation. The woman that stops you in the hall to gossip about your co-workers and cause dissent. The family member that calls to complain about the fact that you don't call them. These are all techniques that psychic vampires use.

We've all walked into a room and noticed the mood of the group. Sometimes, although not a word is said, it's obvious that everyone is stressed, or sad, or expectant. Mob behavior is another manifestation of sharing energy. People that would never riot or attack another person, do so because they are overwhelmed by the emotions that those around them are giving off.

Many abusive relationships are a result of psychic vampirism. The dominant person controls the other by withholding positive energy except for short periods of time to keep the person "hooked'.

There are positive examples of sharing energies also. For example, a mother and her infant are sometimes so closely linked that she knows when the baby needs her. I know personally one mother that woke in the night in a panic, ran to the babies crib, and found him totally blue. She screamed and he woke up, probably just in time. The next day they found out he had SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and he had to wear a monitor for over a year to keep from slipping away in his sleep. Negative experiences have been known to dry up a mother's milk.

We all live each day with our own emotions, but we also live with the emotions of others.
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When I picked up this book I was very excited about it because it had some exercises (such as interlocking your fingers to close your aura from others) that seemed very intrigueing. With the enthusiasm of the new book I started getting right into but soon found that it fit my rule that if has the author use a title such as doctor on the cover it hard to read because they want to prove there worth of intellect (not all of them... but most of them). This book seemed to try to to hard to be "medically correct" with discriptions that sounded like they were generalizations from a medical journal it came across as impersonal, intellectual, and sometimes hard to put it in usable information.
Now like I said something about it in the title I finished probably two thirds of the book. For me to get that far it had to have something to keep me interested... and it did.
The good aspects about this book is that it does define everything, especailly the types of vampire relationships and symptoms that you can observe in these relationships. It makes it easier to recognize where vampirism actually occurs in everyday relationships... Making vampirism not something that only occurs in especailly evil or practiced people... but something that occurs in codependant, dependant, and in sometimes otherwise healthy relationships. It also does an important and excellent job at making the important discription of telling the reader about how to overcome vampiring another person.
The exercises to overcome vampirism are good but as all magickal/psychological work it requires the reader to actually become involved in the work emotionally more then just doing the motions. Though there is little mention of the emotional involvement needed.
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I bought the hardcopy of the book. While I appreciate Joe's attempt to point out vampirism and how essential it is to ensure that you free yourself from them and heal I dropped the book and haven't picked it up when he brought up that people suffering from ptsd are vamps, and then went on and on and on...

This is not my experience and I think it's atrocious to put another myth out there about ptsd sufferers when they are already misunderstood ostracized outcasts societally as it stands. This isn't to say the whole book is rubbish, just that I feel it's very misguided in certain aspects and isn't near the pinnacle of understanding the phenomenon. I'd say, if you're interested in a firmer grasp of things, yet don't necessarily need all the scientific claims Winged Wolf's book on psychic vampire's is much better and has firmer advice and observations of the phenomenon without outing a whole group of people with mental illness as friggin monsters.
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