How to Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Kristin
    4 years ago

    A woman I know who is anemic, revealed to me that she has very heavy periods and that because of her religious beliefs she chooses not to get a hysterectomy. As a doctor what are your thoughts on this? She gets blood transfusions often. Can I ask, as a doctor, how you would approach this? I am not a doctor but I was curious from your perspective which is a better alternative in this situation? And as a doctor, what would you express to her? She is also a stage 4 brain cancer survivor.

  2. Elisabeth
    5 years ago

    I always benefit from your programs. I just checked your website for info on menopause and saw the video on energy vampires. Wow, that was super helpful. It was like having an honest friend turn the light for you. Really, thank you. All the best,


  3. Anna N.
    5 years ago

    Dear Christine and others-
    I have read Christine’s book twice: Dodging Energy Vampire. So I had no idea I was an empath..till I started reading books like Christine’s as well as Judith Orloff. But what is sad is that no one truly understands what I am going through. My husband’s daughter seems to have a personality disorder; just as described in the book; bored with everything, always a victim, never able to say the truth, passive aggressive,and since a young age, completely insolent and thinks she is above the rules. For a while I thought it was b/c of the divorce and that she was having a hard time with it. Then she threatened to kill herself (dramatic + threatening own’s life are hystrionic traits) and that is when she moved to her mom’s for most of the month except when she comes on weekends. I have desperately tried to avoid her, but she still comes on the weekends. I find myself going into a rage, or just dreading the fact that she is coming over. It is really more like “tolerating” her presence..since she does what she can to prove I am wrong, or just be difficult rather than agreable…And she just doesn’t bother with anything…just blah through life…Long story short my husband keeps telling me I need to be the adult here, and that this will pass…yet I can’t tell him, and don’t think he can even begin to hear that his daughter is has a personality disorder and drains me of my energy and is just extremely annoying to me. I don’t want this to cost my marriage.
    I have been working on the inner child meditation in the book, to help me not be randomly triggered just by her presence. This is horrible as no one seems to understand, and at face value I am seen as some evil step mom who needs to be more compassionate and more of an adult.
    Now do I? And how do I tell my husband in a way he can understand. Gulp. I wish there was someone I can talk to. If you have any recommendations please email me. With love-Anna.

    1. Judy
      2 years ago

      This happened to me too when I was married to my second husband. It was so alienating and frustrating I could not bear it and had to ask for divorce. The goal seemed to be to make me miserable and she was very good at it. My husband always stood up for her and refused to see what was going on. It was awful. She was a lovely girl with everyone else but very aggressive towards me -and crafty. It was heartbreaking.

  4. Jennifer Knighton
    5 years ago

    Thanks to you and this great information I was able to tell my narcissistic mother to move out of our house! I am empowered and feeling great now without my energy vampire in my life! Thank you for all the helpful information you give to us all so freely and lovingly! Blessings to you and yours xoxo

  5. Beth Darrall
    5 years ago

    Fabulous information and given so beautifully! Thank you so much!

  6. Patricia Smith
    5 years ago

    Dr. Christiane. Approx. 8 yrs. ago, I was intro’d to you through an on-line source & I immediately began following you. You’ve been pivotal in getting me through some tough times, including menopausal symptoms. More importantly & before that, you educated me on energy vampires, one of which is my own brother; & others who were close to me. I was far into adulthood & 4 years after my only child was born (an adult himself now) before I even began recognizing that something wasn’t right. I didn’t know what because yes, I am empathic & yes, I thought I was the problem & yes, I contemplated my own life – not once, but twice – because the amount of pain I was experiencing was simply too much to endure anymore. These relationships were at best, critical all of the time & at their worst, volatile – sometimes. I’m not ashamed to admit anymore that there was self-loathing, self-medication & occasionally self-harm, in an attempt to cope. Before you, I didn’t know what an energy vampire was. Because of you, I was set on the path of healing which included slamming doors, cutting chords, and severing ties. It’s taken the better part of 6 yrs to do the “inner” work to clear the clutter which, while painful in its own right, was cathartic & does not compare to the negative pain of the past. I’m still a work in progress as we all are but as a result, I’m currently guided to honor my Soul. How that will play out as to where I go & what to do when I get there? LOL. Not sure, but It’s a universal faith which I’m certain will be revealed & an interesting journey to travel. In the meantime, while it wasn’t my intention to be long-winded, lol, I think it only fair to let you know that without exaggeration, ya kinda saved my life and if I’m to guess, I don’t believe I’m the only one. I’ll leave it at that except to say that as I move forward in life on a better path, I’m going to take a piece of ya with me with regard to your teachings & give you credit where credit is due. I hope that’s okay with you. Love and light to you Dr. Christiane, always … Pat Smith

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