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In my medical practice, I’ve developed enormous respect for the art of relationships, what makes them work or fail. In all successful relationships, whether with family, friends, or co-workers it’s vital that each person honestly examine his or her behavior and be willing to discuss it and change.

In this spirit, I find it useful to regularly assess how we’re relating to others–specifically if our behavior may be draining. In my book “Emotional Freedom” I discuss different types of draining people you may encounter who I call “emotional vampires.”

These include, for instance, the chronic talker, the narcissist, and the drama queen. (See my blog, “Who’s the Emotional Vampire in Your Life?”)

But inevitably, we’ve all got a bit of emotional vampire in us, especially when we’re stressed.

So, give yourself a break. It’s admirable to admit, “I think I’m draining my spouse. What can I do?”

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 emotional vampire Judith Orloff, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and author of the New York Times and international bestseller Emotional Freedom upon which a public television special is based.

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