INTP Energy Vampire & Dealing with the Energy Vampire
Being around an energy vampire can be one of the most emotionally and mentally exhausting experiences. They have a way of sucking all the air out of the room, even if they aren’t being obvious about it. Energy vampires have a way of making the situation about them, and playing the victim is their specialty. They are great at getting sympathy from others, and some people are very susceptible to this type of behavior. The more empathetic or caring someone is, the more they become a target to the energy vampire. These people take from those around them without ever giving in return, which is something that becomes very draining after a while, even for the most giving of people.
Dealing with energy vampires is actually very difficult for the INTP, since they are already easily drained by people. They need a lot of time to themselves to recharge and so being around people who exhaust the energy out of them, is going to drain those batteries even faster than it might for someone else. INTPs can be good at setting boundaries though, and they will recognize when a person is doing this to them. They often try to approach things logically, and so for the INTP at first it might be important to understand why this is happening. Being curious can be something which gets them into exhausting situations though, where the INTP needs to retreat and find a way to recharge for long periods of time.
INTPs and Energy Vampires
For the INTP it can be easy for their battery to become drained after too much social interaction. There are often a rare few people they encounter who don’t drain them as quickly, and so they can spend hours with these types of people without needing to retreat. This is something which doesn’t happen often, as they really are one of the types who needs to spend a lot of time to themselves or they feel mentally exhausted. This is often tied to the topics a person wants to discuss, and if they are someone capable of listening rather than trying to always dominate the conversation. For the INTP to encounter someone who is an energy vampire, it will cause them to feel exhausted almost the moment they enter a room. The INTP is definitely susceptible to someone who drains those around them, and will find themselves wanting to completely block them out mentally in hopes of remaining sane. For the INTP, it is hard to pretend around people like this, as they just want to find a means of escaping and getting away from that type of exhausting individual. There are so many behaviors which can be already be draining for the INTP, but these types of people are going to be even harder for them to deal with.
INTPs are analytical people and so they often try to find ways to understand why this person is draining them to quickly. They will consider the possibilities and often look into their behaviors in order to understand better. While they do want to be able to get a more accurate idea of why these people exhaust them, that doesn’t change the fact that they need to often escape their presence. The INTP might not dislike that person the more they recognize the reasons why they are so draining, but that doesn’t make it easier for them to be around this type of energy sucking presence.
The INTP Energy Vampire
Being someone who drains others energy quickly, is not something which is naturally attached to type. Because of this, any personality type can be an energy vampire, as it is mostly tired to their own lack of energy and a need to seek it from others. The INTP who is an energy vampire might even analyze this about themselves in hopes of understanding where it comes from. In some cases this can be challenging, since it can come from an emotional situation they haven’t quite figured out how to process or deal with. This can even come from past trauma and some sort of bottled up trouble that the INTP has not dealt with. When they are an energy vampire they often use their sense of curiosity and desire to be precise, as a means of draining those around them. Constantly pushing buttons and asking questions in hopes of “figuring someone out”. This type of curiosity can be endearing at times, but with the INTP who is an energy drainer, it becomes quickly exhausting. It can feel like the INTP is constantly testing people, searching for kinks in their armor and a way to prove them wrong. Of course this type of behavior is exhausting for most people, and leaves them drained around the presence of the INTP.
How to Handle Them
For the INTP to best handle the energy vampire, they need to find ways to set boundaries without feeling bad about it. They need to be able to clearly express their need for time alone, without it coming out as an insult or them being short-tempered. INTPs can often feel like they are being more sensitive and expressive than they actually are, and so they need to take a step back and maybe even ask a trusted friend to help them figure out ways to express this. Having someone to roleplay this scenario with might be helpful, even if it feels strange at first. When they can learn to politely and sensitively express that they need to be alone or have a prior engagement, it can help make the situation easier for the INTP to navigate. It isn’t always easy for them to express this need, since they can be coerced by family or loved ones until they reach a breaking point and might even snap. This isn’t the best means of dealing with the energy vampire, so the INTP needs to set clear boundaries for themselves and those around them in order to keep their peace of mind.