Common Traits of Vampires

The following is a list of traits that are common to most vampires. If everything on this list applies to you, it does not mean you are a vampire too. Many average people can also have all of these traits. There is more to being a vampire than what is listed here. "More like what?" you ask. Read the rest of the website to understand.

Do not take these traits and symptoms out of context. If you have a number of these, then, before you start assuming that you are a vampire, I highly recommend that you first go and get any symptoms you feel you have checked out with your doctor, often they are quite treatable. I would leave out the blood cravings and concerns that you are a vampire when speaking to your doctor. If you have all of these traits and symptoms may indicate that you are a real vampire, especially if you have the bloodlust or blood cravings.

  • 1) Vampires are naturally nocturnal. This does not mean that we cannot function during the day when we need to but rather we are more awake and alert at night. Commonly this causes sleep problems for us if we try to fight our natural cycles.

  • 2) Vampires are sensitive to sunlight and bright light. We can get sunburn easily and then the burn quickly can turn to a tan although the tan also doesn't last long. Being in the sunlight too long will cause a vampire to feel ill. Most commonly causing migraines but also irritability, nausea, general weakness and skin irritations.

  • 3) Vampires have enhanced physical senses such as vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste. Most often we have excellent night vision but also we can frequently see details in things that others cannot commonly see. Our hearing is enhanced in much the same way allowing us to hear what others would consider a whisper or a buzz from electronic devices. The phrase "a smell so strong we can taste it" is a common experience for us. Extremes in any of these sensory areas cause us discomfort and will quickly make us irritable.

  • 4) We are faster and stronger than average people with comparable exercise regimens and health. We are much stronger than we look. We tend to build muscle tissue faster, and the tissue we build is stronger, more resistant to damage, and more efficient. Granted there are people that are faster and stronger than us but it is just a little easier for us.

  • 5) Vampires have quicker reflexes and greater agility than most people. Our muscles generally respond more quickly and controllably than an average person's. The most common example of our quicker reflexes is our natural ability to catch an object that is falling off a table, often before other people even realize that it was about to fall. Once again an average person can train themselves to fine tune their reflexes and agility but for us it comes naturally.

  • 6) We don't get sick as often or as easily, and we heal faster than average people, whether it is a physical injury or an illness. This is supposed to be because we have an accelerated immune system. I'm not sure if this is why but I do know we heal much quicker.

  • 7) Vampires are gifted with psychic abilities and/or the ability to manipulate energy although the nature of these abilities will vary from vampire to vampire. Most common seems to be empathy but others include clairvoyance, premonition, healing, sensing auras, astral traveling, telekinesis, telepathy, and an assortment of others.

  • 8) Often vampires find that they were drawn to the myths, stories and images of vampires from a young age. They may have felt compelled to experiment with blood, blood drinking or bloodletting and found that it suited them. Although an effort should be made to determine if this is simply a desire for blood or an actual need.

  • 9) Although we need to maintain a healthy and well balanced diet, vampires tend to have various gastrointestinal sensitivities and problems, such as food allergies/sensitivities or eating disorders. The eating disorders can be to either extreme. We can lose interest in food because we have a desire or craving and whether we realize what that craving is for or not we do know that the available food will not satisfy it. To the other extreme we can be overweight due to overeating in an attempt to satisfy a constant hunger or thirst that we can't identify or can identify but what we need is unavailable at the time.

  • 10) We tend to have extreme swings in our mood or behavior. This is not to be confused with schizophrenia or any other mental illness. Generally it will occur when we are dealing with our "Beast", the acute need for a feeding. It can be at it's most extreme when we are in need and get angry, upset, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. During this time many of us refrain from interacting with others and withdraw from people in attempts to lessen the chance of emotional outbursts.

  • 11) Other traits that have been associated with vampires are depression, melancholia and a sense of being different or separate from others that are considered to be "normal".

  • 12) We are also said to be of above average intelligence, although at times it certainly doesn't feel like it to us. While at other times it can be very apparent. Because of this many of us have overly inflated egos that we really need to keep in check.

  • The following is an article from "The Real Vampire News" reprinted here with their permission.

    "How can I tell if I'm a vampire?"

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    Tim (Editor at RVN)

    This is the question that every self-identified, real living vampire dreads. It is a question that cannot be answered by anyone except the person asking it and the hardest thing is to explain that clearly enough so that the person asking doesn't feel like they are being fobbed off or made to look like a fool.

    Many websites that deal with the subject will have an F.A.Q (Frequently asked questions) page and a direction to 'go read before asking anything'. So, the person seeking the answer to their question can go off and read a plethora of hints, tips, clues, answers and debates on the matter and the one thing for sure is, if you ask the same question of six different vampires you'll get seven different answers...! Why? Because the biggest part of 'knowing' who and what you are is subjective and the answers for you, lie within you.

    What we can offer you is some suggestions that you might want to take into account in your decision making process.

    There are two schools of thought on modern living vampires, one holds that vampires are "born" with the characteristics and the other that the characteristics become recognized at a later date, generally held to be during the teenaged years, and usually termed "awakening".

    No one knows the truth because there is no proof, scientific, rock-solid or irrefutable. I could tell you I am descended from the Tepes family line of old Wallachia ~ doesn't make it true but nobody can prove it isn't.

    People who are asking whether they might be a vampire are looking for something, either about themselves or their environment and existence. No one can tell you why you feel the way you do because no one is there, feeling what you feel, seeing what you see and thinking what you think. The commonly reported "characteristics" of those who self-identify as real vampires can also be influenced, and hence appear differently, by genetics, environment, health, medications being used (prescribed or not) life stresses and pressures, influence from peer groups, family and personal inhibition can all play a part in developing "odd feelings" in a person.

    The psychological impact of media and entertainment cannot be ruled out as having some influence either. No longer are vampires' undead evil monsters that rise from their graves at night to attack the living and drink their blood. Today, in popular fiction and film, vampires are just as likely to be relatively normal looking, pale skinned, angsty teens who face all the normal problems of any other teenager. It is a new archetype that is much more palatable to a great many.

    No one, not I, nor any other can tell you on the internet or otherwise, that you are a vampire and you should be VERY cautious of anyone who claims they can. There are people who will tell you whatever you want to hear with some personal and possibly unsavory motive behind their actions.

    To focus on you and what you're feeling and experiencing is the key to answering questions about yourself. Real vampires today report a wide variety of experiences, effects and coping ability and you will be hard pressed indeed to find any two the same.

    One of the BEST things that you can do, if you believe, or think, that you might be a real living vampire is write down what you are experiencing, thinking and feeling. You don't have to use the word "vampire" at this stage, start by writing "I am (your name) and I feel these things..." Write down the physical effects you experience, tiredness, constant headaches, other pains and discomforts. Write down what you think about most of the time, bats, boys, cars, school, work, drugs, sports, whatever it might be and go on to write down how you feel about things like friends, family, colleagues etc. This is going to be your way of sorting out the real effects from the perceived effects.

    The first thing that needs to be considered, certainly with regard to the physical considerations, is whether you actually ARE ill in some way. Your physical symptoms should be reported to a doctor and examined to find out whether there is some underlying cause for the feeling/effect.

    For example, sensitivity to sunlight can have several medical causes that are quite treatable and manageable in the main. Cravings can be indications of something that the body is lacking; a lack of iron in the blood produces a condition called anemia which results in pale skin and lethargy amongst other things. It is VITALLY important that the possibility of ill health is ruled out before any further thoughts of being something you may not be start being looked at.

    Once the medical possibilities are discounted and you are sure of a clean bill of health then other considerations can be examined. The key factor in identification of being a real living vampire is in the necessity to "feed", the absolute physical necessity to source energy or "life force" from sources outside yourself in order to feel well and healthy. A series of simple experiments can help to establish your particular "positive" reactions.

    Our good friend and colleague, Lady CG, writes:

    "...if you are a non-vamp and want to try blood, a rare steak will NOT do anyone any harm. (It's what I always recommend new vamps to try FIRST) Literally MILLIONS of people like their steaks rare and blue rare, not all of them are vampyres, and I don't know of anyone who has become ill from eating a good rare steak from an inspected source. If the person is NOT a vampyre it will not do them any harm, nor will it do them any vampyric good... if the person IS a vampyre, they often know right away if it helps them." [1]

    This may well be a very good way to determine whether blood is what you are indeed craving or whether it is the psychological aspect of the blood associations that are guiding you.

    For those who think they may be a Psi, or Psychic, vampire there are other things you can try. Energy exercises such as if you are feeling run down and miserable go and find a crowded place where everyone is enjoying themselves, immerse yourself in it and see how you feel afterwards. That could be one indication that you need to absorb; or feed, off the energy of others. Of course, it might also mean that you just like "fun places" ~ remember, nothing is guaranteed to answer the question of whether you are a vampire or not.

    It is, for a variety of reasons, almost impossible to create a single, comprehensive list of the characteristics of the real living vampire since, like most non-vampires, everyone is different and unique. The following contains some of the commonly reported characteristics that have been compiled from the accounts of people who self-identify as modern real vampires.

    ~ Can be unusually strong willed

    ~ Well learned/educated in the history of the vampire, and the modern vampire community

    ~ Predatory nature, not uncontrolled.

    ~ Prefer night time over daytime; i.e., nocturnal nature

    ~ Moodiness/mood swings/quick tempered (which may also be an indication of stress, depression related illnesses)

    ~ Psychic abilities (although not necessarily psychic feeding methods)

    ~ Empathic abilities

    ~ Able to blend into a setting, room and/or crowd, and not be noticed by anyone looking for them.

    ~ Alleged ability to "sense" other vampires (often referred to as "vamp radar")

    ~ Pale skin (if you are of Caucasian descent)

    ~ Unusually high sensitivity to sunlight; physical (i.e., sunburn easily)

    ~ Unusual visual sensitivity to any strong light source

    ~ Heightened night vision

    ~ Eye color changing with mood

    ~ Heightened senses (i.e. hearing, smell etc)

    ~ Unaccounted for strength (i.e. strong for physical build) and unusually fast reflexes

    ~ Often feel hungry and/or thirsty despite an adequate diet

    ~ Experiencing extreme cravings that can not be satisfied with food or drink.

    ~ Often feeling run down, fatigued, tired despite an adequate diet and activity levels

    ~ Frequent headaches where medical causes are ruled out

    ~ Requires little sleep or irregular sleep (Which may lead to other symptoms listed herein)

    ~ Able to heal more rapidly than considered usual

    ~ Frequent illnesses with "flu like" symptoms and no medical explanation, when they go without "feeding" for a period of time. [2]

    An all too brief list that MAY indicate that you are a modern living vampire, by no means comprehensive, exhaustive or definitive. With this guide, hopefully, you will be able to focus your thinking in a rational and orderly approach and achieve the answer you are looking for. It may not be the answer you want but isn't that the point of looking for the truth?

    It MUST be borne in mind that a number of these symptoms can, and do result, from medical causes, lifestyle, inadequate nutrition and the like. ALL of these factors must be ruled out before you can even start entertaining the thought of the possibility that you are a real living vampire. I could walk into a room where you are, dressed in black from head to toe and drink blood from a fine crystal wine glass. Does that prove I am a vampire? NO, it simply proves that I am a male over the age of ... ah hah, nearly got me there, who can drink blood, nothing more, nothing less.

    Copyright Tim B & RVN (except as noted) 2012

    [1] "But I Don't WANT To Be A Vampyre!" ~ Lady CG

    [2] Source ~ "Real Vampires" ~ Enygma

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