Renfield's syndrome was a whimsical creation that's taken on a life of its own in some professional circles. Read More
I think that "emotional vampirism" is pretty much the same thing as narcissistic personality disorder.
The individual with npd tends to view other people as sources of "narcissistic supply"; npds need to "feed" off of the admiration and attention of others. Once a source of n-supply has "dried up", is unavailable or expresses his or her own needs to the narcissist, then they will be discarded and the npd person will move on to the next willing, available source of n-supply.
But I like the use of the term "emotional vampire" because it so clearly gets across the idea that such a relationship is abusive, unhealthy and probably sado/masochistic in that the "vampire" needs an eager victim, and the victim perceives being used/abused as being needed, wanted and loved.
Excitatory exsanguination disorder?
Since psych diagnosis seem to change with the times, this could work as a "real" disorder for the present....
Is Lycanthropy still considered a DSM diagnosis?
as a paraphilia I think. Like vampirism.
It is usually treated as the symptom of another disorder, instead of its own.
There is no such thing as Renfield's Syndrome. My colleague made it up.
Hey, that was very creative of your colleague, actually!
If I had to diagnose Renfield, Dracula's minion, I'd say he had dependent personality disorder: he's totally subjugated to and yet worships his abusive master and would never leave him. His reward for such abject loyalty? Dracula murders Renfield rather casually toward the end of the story.
The whole Dracula/Renfield relationship is a good analogy for the domineering narcissistic pd/submissive, enabling loved one relationship dynamic.
All the most memorable, timeless stories are about mentally ill people, seems to me, and how they either overcome their disorder and become the hero/winner, or succumb to their disorder and become the villain/loser.
I agree with your analysis of that dynamic. It's a chilling relationship, actually. You should write about it.
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Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., an expert on murder and other shadow themes, teaches forensic psychology and has published 46 books.
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