Your phone rings and you reel with apprehension. It’s “them again”, and you are about to be drained by a person who cannot deal with their own emotions. Sometimes this is completely justified: your friend or loved one is suffering a deep phase of grief from a traumatic event. But in this case, its just a histrionic vampire coming to feed.
Their reasons for being distraught are likely by-products of their own lack of self-awareness. “Woe is me!” “Nobody likes me!” “Why doesn’t anyone care!?” All common sentiments bellowed out by this crowd. Personal responsibility is a foreign concept to them, and they will find any excuse not look in the mirror.
Its best to disengage all communication as quickly and tactfully as possible. Politeness is an act of self-preservation on your part. Plenty of vampires have strong suicidal urges,* coupled with a ceaseless belief that the world owes them for their shitty lot in life . This can lead to a homicidal ideation that’s comprised of a desire to take out those who have “wronged them” before they themselves seek oblivion. This is, of course, the worst case scenario. Some of them simply crave drama. You do not want to give them fodder for such a thing, still, as it will more require you to expend even more precious energy on an undeserving individual.
You may be under the delusion that you can help these people by “being there”. However, in all reality, you simply can’t. There is nothing you can do because they refuse change. Being their victim will only result in a fruitless martyrdom.
Move along and be free of their bullshit.
“Many people who walk the earth practice the fine art of making others feel responsible and even indebted to them, without cause. Satanism observes these leeches in their true light. Psychic vampires are individuals who drain others of their vital energy. This type of person can be found in all avenues of society. They fill no useful purpose in our lives, and are neither love objects nor true friends. Yet we feel responsible to the psychic vampire without knowing why.” – Anton LaVey
*I do not believe all suicidal people to be of this sort.