Tips, Rips, and Reviews
by Michael Dalton Johnson
Beware of energy draining people.
While the melodramatic term "energy vampire" smacks of the occult and
late night movies, there really are people who suck positive energy from
a room as soon as they enter it. You will become drained and exhausted
if you are exposed for any length of time to the negative energy these
You have probably had the experience of encountering a person who
drained your energy. There is no scientific research on this subject that
I am familiar with, but there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence for its
Some years back we employed a part-time independent contractor
who started his work at our office mid-mornings. When he entered our
small office, you could feel the energy draining. This was mentioned to
me by several team members. One of my colleagues likened it to a plug
being pulled on a fan.
The contractor seemed to be a normal person although he was
unusually quiet and never smiled. I am sure that his negative effect on
those around him was unintentional. However, his presence really did
cause others to become exhausted and unfocused.
It would normally be easy to simply walk away from an energy-draining
person, but in a small office setting itís not always possible. I handled
the situation by arranging for him work from home.
The high energy, creativity, and fun were no longer interrupted each
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