Vampires are not just mythical creatures who were invented for the sake of art or as metaphors. There are real people out there who drink blood because they feel it gives them energy. This does not mean they are serial killers or sociopaths.
However, because vampirism is so uncommon, the people who are thirsty for blood from time to time are extremely reluctant to speak about this to health care professionals or to social workers, for fear they might be misjudged or misinterpreted, according to a paper published recently in the journal Critical Social Work.
The paper is suggestively entitled “Do we Always Practice What we Preach? Real Vampires’ Fears of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionals” and it distinguishes between the two categories of vampires – lifestyle vampires and authentic ones. The latter are regarded as distrustful individuals who are afraid of being labeled by health care professionals and are scared that the confession will have negative effects on their lives.
Real vampires base their choice to drink blood on the belief that they need to get “subtle energy” from a donor who is willing to feed them. They would drink either animal blood or human blood in small amounts. They obtain this blood by making a small incision in the donor’s chest.
Vampires usually act in an ethical and responsible manner when they feed, so it isn’t expected of them to be dangerous individuals. Even so, they don’t usually speak publicly of this fact because they are afraid they would not be accepted in the community.
The study, which was led by Dr. J. Williams, who has been studying self-identifying vampires for ten years reveals that they have various cultural and economic backgrounds.
His research was based on 11 such vampires who answered various questions related to their identities.
“The real vampire community seems to be a conscientious and ethical one. Most vampires believe they were born that way; they don’t choose this,” said the researcher.
According to Williams, the research might be useful both for self-identifying vampires and for social workers, who should try to understand better the diversity of our community.
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