Real Vampires – The hardest thing about being us Pt.3

 

Heather Brewer’s ‘Vladimir Tod’ series, High School Bites

Heather Brewer’s ‘Vladimir Tod’ series, High School Bites

 Presented by
Tim

In October of 2012 I began writing a series of short papers under the working title “The Hardest Thing About Being Us”. The first part focused on questions of how we interact with the non-Vampire.

The second part, “Real Vampires – The hardest thing about being us” Part 2, turned attention to some of the dynamic of the sub-culture.

Now, with Part 3, we’re going to look into the topics of “Acceptance”, “Leaders and Followers”, “Protectionism” and “Welcoming and Helping Our Own”

Pic. by artyfakes.deviantart.com

Pic. by artyfakes.deviantart.com

Acceptance

Acceptance from both within and without. From within there is a matter of protocol, the protocols being set and established by those who set themselves as leaders, as being above the rank and file. If you do not adhere to the protocols then you are seen as counter-productive to the “community” and there goes any chance you have of being accepted within it.

Acceptance from without, from outside the “community”… a moot point. If we tell people what we are we are seen, at best, as being roleplaying kooks, at worst as being psychologically defective and therefore something to be shunned, feared and, if possible, exorcised.

In the earliest times of the race of man, tribal groups formed for mutual protection, for the common good. Each within the unit had a role and formed a productive unit in the “tribe”. Naturally, given the nature of the (m)animal, the stronger ones of the tribe set out to impress and impose their will, their thinking and their authority upon the other members of the tribe. In doing so they created oppression and inequality.
This, in its turn, gave rise to the formation of groups, bodies and organisations that proclaimed themselves to be leaders, protectors and authority. These bodies claimed the right to speak for the others in the tribe, or by this time, for those in the larger gatherings in cities and countries.

The only problem with that assumption, of course, is that it wasn’t backed by popular consensus. Those rights can only be conferred upon a particular body by majority consent of the cultural population that they are claiming to represent.

For example; what if 90% of an entire community decided to boycott the community, and the “leaders” of said community?

In any community that supports democracy as the cornerstone of freedom leaders are elected – that is the democratic process. Individuals who are not empowered individually can, as a group, exert influence to make their voices heard and their wishes known. This body of constituents can also be a positive force for positive change.

How many voices must there be in a community?

Let’s build our own example, the community of Fangtopia, population 72,000 souls.

Of that number –
5,000 are incapacitated and have no ability to speak or vote
6,000 are incarcerated and have had their rights stripped
12,000 are under the legal voting age
22,000 are of 18 – 30 years of age
16,000 are of 31-60 years of age
11,000 are of 61- 91 years of age

That gives a potentially strong voting base of 49,000
If the “leaders” of Fangtopia number a mere 100 persons then where does the real power lie? With the 100 or with the other 48,900?

In this sub-culture we call modern real vampire we have a semi-classical distinction of orders.
Dominant Class (Self-appointed leaders of long tenure – The Popular Kids)
Merchant Class (Those who traffic in information/misinformation)
Craftsman/ Artisans (Those who work at producing something tangible, be it beneficial or non-beneficial)
Subversive Class (Those who resist being manipulated and/or those who thrive on; and bring chaos)
Submissive Class (Those who don’t care about the wider sub-culture)

As I mentioned earlier, it was traditional in ancient cultures for the strong to suborn the weaker members of a tribe and subjugate them to their will, their plans and their course. As social development continued to grow and the focus shifted more toward group, collective effort for reward (i.e. agricultural settlement) leadership became a matter that was conferred by birthright, lines of succession and so forth, it was only in the 17th century that democratic process took the place of authoritarian rule in Europe and the United States.

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Today, in real life, we have leadership by election, well, at least the majority of “Free countries” in the world do. The first “elections” known were instituted in ancient Rome (509BC) and ancient Greece (507BC) and were practiced in ancient Arabia as well as medieval India and Bengal.

 

The Ancient Greek Senate Pic. Credit: antikleidi.com

The Ancient Greek Senate
Pic. Credit: antikleidi.com

Leaders and Followers

Some of the leading lights of our society have been labelled “media-whore”, “attention-junkie”, “cynical manipulators”, “delusional”, “narcissistic”, “egotistical”, “megalomaniac”, “empire builders” and worse. In one fairly recent incident that sent a shockwave along the proverbial grapevine, a long established and well known, highly respected web resource abruptly closed down. There one minute, gone the next and almost at exactly the same time a message was posted in a well-known and heavily frequented place of online commentary. The message did not remain very long and it was easy to see why, the language was, to say the least, extremely colourful and the vitriol, the pure hate and malice that was directed at the organizer of that particular forum was delivered in no uncertain terms.

Needless to say the proprietor did not suffer the message to remain but what did remain were questions, why? What precipitated this outburst? What events had taken place, ostensibly at the same time as we lost one of the sub-culture’s best resources, to cause the message to be originated?

As usual the majority will never know, it will be played down, swept under the rug and forgotten…almost. There are a great many people who now are being mindful of such small incidents and they are piecing together a puzzle that will NOT go away.

For many it confirmed long held suspicions, feelings and thinking, for others, it prompted them to question things they had previously taken for granted and it prompted some to disappear themselves. By and large it prompted many to reinforce their image of the inner workings of this sub-culture.

The late Sir Karl Raimund Popper CH FBA FRS, wrote;
“Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle – the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative.”

It has also been said that strong leaders require a portion of arrogance and egotism to make them what they are, that maybe be true to an extent but a STRONG leader is NOT NECESSARILY a GOOD leader.

So where does leadership, in our society come from? Military service? Elections? University? The Bible? Egotism?

I have always believed that leadership comes from within a good person, who has good intentions and who exercises good judgment, and it comes in such a way that is clearly seen AND acceptable to the MAJORITY of the society, not to a select few allies – that is an Oligarchy and is not acceptable to the many.

Bust of Alexander the Great Pic. Credit - www.diffordsguide.com

Bust of Alexander the Great
Pic. Credit – www.diffordsguide.com

From ancient times of civilization leaders have come to be leaders by a number of methods, birthright, succession, war, tribal law but these days we have things called democracy and elections. That is how leaders are selected, not by themselves but by the majority of the population. The only obstacle to that premise is when you have no idea exactly how large the population is you can’t know when you have the majority consent of the society.

In secular and isolated groups, of defined numbers of members, it can be quite easily organized, and established as to who is the “leader” but with the consent of two, four, five or six hundred people of a completely indeterminate sized population the concept of “majority consensus” can’t ever hope to be established, much less ratified. Similarly a group of say one hundred, or two hundred persons can’t be considered to be speaking for, nor in the interests of the society… the “interests” are only ever going to be those within that assembly.

 

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Protectionism

Sub-cultural groups share resources, information, ideas, interests and so forth but at the end of the day it’s a collection of individuals each having a unique perspective, unique needs and unique goals.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this essay, man originally came together in groups for protection, mutual protection, now, within our “society” our safety can only be assured, ultimately, by NOT being social animals. If you are of a particular ethnicity you are at risk of harm in certain locations, if you are of a particular religion you are in danger of being attacked over those beliefs by members of different religions, if you are rich; or perceived as being so, you are at risk of harm from violent crime, if you are poor you are at risk of harm because of the neighbourhood you live in. If you are strong you present a target to be challenged, if you are weak you present a target to be bullied.

So, given all of that why on earth would we wish to expose ourselves and our culture? Do we have to justify ourselves and our choices and needs to people who couldn’t possibly hope to understand or take it kindly? No, the predominant response to any sub-culture that is seen as being “extreme” or “abnormal” is almost universal… it will be negative, as it has been for the vampire for hundreds of thousands of years, it will incite hatred and fear, people will worry about their children, and they will fear what they see as depraved and amoral conduct.

Why do so many modern living vampires stay obscured?

It’s because they know, full well, the consequences, to themselves and their family, of revealing themselves to those who are not like them.

Why do individuals in a particular sub-culture NEED to be accepted by those outside the society?

Why do we NEED to justify ourselves? Make no mistake DISCRETION is PROTECTION.

 

 

Welcoming and helping our own

Recently I was involved in a discussion, in real life, not online and it revolved around a television commercial for UNICEF. A comment was made by a person involved that they could understand why such ads were necessary but that they were perplexed at the frequency of the ad’s appearance especially given the fact that there were “thousands of hungry and homeless right here at home.”

It’s a sentiment that I have come half way around the world to hear repeated and feel particularly strongly about myself.
For example;
In the years 2012 and 2013 the following countries spent the amounts shown in the table on foreign aid.

Expenditure (USD) by Country & Year
United States (2012) $30.5 billion (2013) projected $23.709 billion – Actual $31.5 billion
U. K. (2012) (£9 billion BPS) approx. $14.4 billion USD (2013) $30.46 billion USD
Australia (2011- 2012 fiscal year) $5 074 380 000                                                  (2013-2014 fiscal year) $ 5 111 968 000
Russia, (2012) $51.6 million USD + additional aid in kind (2013) $60.96 million USD + additional aid in kind
Sweden, (2012) $5.2 billion USD (2013) 5.83 Billion USD
Switzerland, (2012) $3.02 billion USD (2013) $3.197 Billion USD
Israel, (2012) $17.7 million USD (2013) $18.575 million USD
It might be interesting to try and discover EXACTLY what social reforms were made in these countries over these periods.

Helping others, without expectation of returns, who are underprivileged, needy, hungry, sick and homeless is a special thing, there can be no argument about that and it speaks to our compassion, as a part of a species, for our brothers and sisters across the globe or across town. There is probably no nobler an aspiration or action however, in focusing on those outside our society are we putting our effort and aid to where it will do the most good?
Countries spend large sums on Foreign Aid each year when they are struggling with issues of poverty, public health, hunger and homelessness right in their own backyard.
The VEWRS and AVEWRS surveys, conducted by the AVA in concert with Suscitatio Inc., also reported a high incidence of psychological and physical health conditions amongst respondents, wouldn’t it be better to expend our energy and efforts on helping those in OUR society first? In investments in healthcare and permanent housing plans?

In education and social improvement for our own?

New arrivals are still coming into our society on a daily basis and we need proper and established protocols to welcome them and help them find their way in the chaos. They come with a myriad questions and, more often than not from their comments and reports, they are treated with a mixture of disdain, derision, or hostility… why? What makes them so different from anyone of us except that they are beginning on a path that a lot of us have been walking for years, or decades? Remember, we were them once.

Many come with real and identifiable physical or psychophysical issues, many come out of seclusion and isolation looking for support and contact with their own kind and it is imperative that we meet them with warmth, understanding and good counsel but above all THE TRUTH.
We are soon able to identify those with real needs and those who are simply looking for “the miracle”, “the dark kiss” or the fantasy.

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The Great Library at Alexandria Pic. source i09.c0m

Is it possible we could establish a central and freely accessible library, or information source from everywhere within the sub-culture?… a “wiki” for our kind.
At present, no chance. There is a great disparity of paths and many of those that, along with their proponents, practice exclusivity. It’s almost akin to a “racist”, or “class” attitude within our small sub-culture and any way you cut it THAT is unacceptable.

Could we point newcomers toward a central source that has “the truth”, proof of the matter? No chance.
There is NO PROOF beyond anecdotal reports, there is no one truth that addresses the heart of the matter for those who are trying to comprehend who, and what they are.
Why can’t we provide for own?
Because the modern vampire society is hopelessly fractured, combative, self-destructive, contradictory and demoralizing. Until we can, and do, address those problems and make profound strides in our conduct toward newcomers… and toward our own people, then we can’t even begin to address the issue of guiding newcomers. They arrive and they find a warzone, strewn with casualties, ruled over by an almost “Feudal” system of tribes, secret organisations and “gangs” – what must they think?

Now, I know that there are individual houses out there that DO take care of newcomers, they guide, teach and prepare them for accepting the new discoveries about themselves and their new environment and that is worth gold in a society covered in pyrites.

The obvious, and inescapable conclusion is that if we can’t, or won’t, as a society look after our own then what is the point in even calling ourselves a “community”, or whatever term you might care to use?
In failing our own brothers and sisters we are NOT an entity that is acting in its own best interests, nor are we working for the “common good”.

There are those Houses/Organisations that have structured programs for greeting and mentoring newcomers but, naturally, that entails joining the “club” and how does the newcomer tell whether they are joining the right one for them? A centralized and freely available guide that detailed organizational methods and aims for newcomers would be the best measure. As examples we could look to House Rakoczy: The Prospect Phase as detailed at the House of Twilight page. The Temple UVUP of our friend Rev. JP Vanir, The Mission Statement  and the Basic Tenets.
House Kheperu deliver The Kheprian Castes information, written by Ms. Belanger, that delivers good descriptions of the base unit, or triumvirate and the modus operandi of House Kheperu.

GUIDELINES and TENETS for newcomers to choose from would, without a shadow of a doubt, help, guide and maybe even SAVE a newcomer to the sub-culture.

 

In Conclusion:

One of the hardest things about being us is US, is the METHODS that are employed toward newcomers and towards each other. We make it unconscionably hard and far more difficult than it has to be, and why?

Is it because we seem to enjoy spending lot of our time…

soliders-vietnamfighting running battles against often unseen “enemies”, maybe…conducting and participating in all out “Flame Wars”,

_716609_napalm300vitriolic confrontations that splatter across social media, or perhaps we’re pursuing

$T2eC16RHJF8FFpw0h3+TBRcG4H5u8g~~60_35…subterfuges and skullduggery galore.

We’ve got it all… So much so we’re in danger of becoming our own longest running soap opera. It’s a habit we MUST kick if we’re going to improve things, and not just for US but for those of the new generations to come.

 

References:

http://www.houseoftwilight.com/ , http://www.scribd.com/ , http://www.kheperu.org/ , http://www.oecd.org/ , http://www.politifact.com/ , http://www.theguardian.com/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ , http://aid.dfat.gov.au/ , http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/ http://www.nsi-ins.ca/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

 

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The Essential Vampyre – A Guide

Gary Oldman - Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Gary Oldman – Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Compiled by

Tim

What makes the essential vampire… today I mean? What do you need to be a successful modern living vampire? Where do you go? What music do you need in your collection? What finery and adornments? So many things to think about, as if life wasn’t difficult enough already but don’t worry I’m here to help… We’re going to give you the inside goss on what it takes to make it in today’s VC.

First things first… primarily because arsenic snuff is sorta frowned on these days, we need to get you into the kinda pale-skinned, ‘undead’ arena. What to use, I mean aside from actors grease paint which’ll sorta leave you lookin’ like a…a…

Stephen King's "It" - Warner Bros. Television

Stephen King’s “It” – Warner Bros. Television

A couple of items you might wish to try, depending on your natural tones of course, are;

Mac or Illamasqua white-foundation

Mac or Illamasqua white-foundation

The needs of white foundation are very different to normal “skin toned” foundation. A couple of things to look out for:

Solid opacity, the few coats to achieve this the better.
Smooth even blending
Formula dispensing, if you’re sharing this, hygiene is most important.

I know most people look for this in traditional foundation, but it’s even more important for white foundation since you are literally applying a new layer to your skin, not blending it into your existing skin. This makes it harder to get an “even” coverage.
Important note: Always always set your foundation with a white or translucent powder, or within no time you will experience some serious creasing[1]

Okay, so, we can get you to the stage where you look suitably undead… remember, don’t forget the legs, the arms, hands, neck etc. the undead DO NOT tan.

With that covered we’ll move to the coiffure…what? Okay, okay, hang on… it only means hair, it’s got nothing to do with coffins, now settle… sheesh…!

Right, hair, or, ummm perhaps lack thereof… check out these guys ‘n’ gals…

collected vamp hairstylesSee, the playing field’s wide open… but if you really want to make an impact you could go this way…

vampwigs

I’m sure there’s a good wig store near you someplace… if not, try a costume shop… they’re usually good for a couple of bits-and-bobs…

Ohhhhh-kay… undead pallor, wig in place… heyyyyy…! Startin’ to get the look…

Now, dressage…oh, no, wait, that’s horses. I mean, of course, apparel. A VITALLY important measure to carry off the whole vampire thing. Hmmmmm, let’s see shall we.

Now the guys may not need much to begin with… a decent set of…

menundergarbNow, ladies… ladies, ladies, ladies… where to start?
There are so many variables we have to consider, is it warm or cold? Is the function inside or out? Will the dancing be formal or hardcore? What effect will the under-garb have on the line of your outer wear, if any? Basically, the style and nature of the dress is probably going to influence your choice of sous-vêtements féminins.
Perhaps our friend Dita could help us out here…

Dita von Teese

Dita von Teese

So, with foundation setting, undies under control and the hair problem sorted we need to look into the stunning ensemble that is going to make you stand out in a crowd…

The first thing, obviously, one needs address is whether the event is formal or casual. Naturally there will also be accommodation made for whether it is outside or indoors and whether during the daylight hours or a night time event… let’s see… how about the footwear, it’s going to be very important, for comfort if for nothing else.

Dancing? Comfortable flattish shoes would probably be the best, however we are looking for a small modicum of style here…yes?
What about…

dancing shoesBut, who knows what the most comfortable footwear in the world is…

dokkerpair

Good, good… we got it goin’ on here… now let’s consider the outer-wear. Here are some popular lines that will make you the envy of the mob, errrr pack?, ummmm flock???

Say, what is the name for a gathering of vampires anyways?

vampclothesPerhaps, guys, the people at Fashionbeans might be able to help you out, or perhaps even Mimi?

gentlemens style

Now then, ladies, if I may, I suggest a trip to either CF  or perhaps Karl might be able to help  in short, don’t hold back… remember, anyone can be a vampire…!

 

Now we come to a sticky set of considerations, the etiquette of attending vampiric events; really, there have to be some rules don’t there? No torn jeans, no spitting on the floor, no drugs… otherwise what are we looking at? If we don’t have rules we end up with a disheveled drunken mob of punk-vamps, stumbling around high as kite and drooling all over themselves… ewwwww…!

Make sure you know what the house rules are for where you are attending, some places don’t appreciate you conducting breathless, sweaty trysts in the ladies cubicles… and pretty much nowhere will understand if you grab a random guest and try and bite their neck.

As an example, and for some sound general pointers, perhaps you could take a peek at Carpe Noctem ,visit Windy or Ms. Drammeh

There we go…

All ready to go, faaaaaaaan-tastic…! Right, in the car, off we go… it’s gonna be awesome. Quick check of the makeup, hair’s right… lippy…

Oh My God…!

Okay, what is the single, most important, overwhelmingly essential necessity for a vampire at a vampire event?

F*****G TEETH…! TEETH…!

Okay, okay…breathe, easy now. Grab the phone or the tablet, get to Google and type in the following;

V-A-M-P-I-R-E T-E-E-T-H…!

 

Help is never far away...!

Help is never far away…!

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Vampire health matters… to all of us

dark-beauty-beauty-black-dark-girl-goth-gothic-mysterious-white-960x640ATTENTION: Nothing in this editorial is intended to replace, dismiss nor challenge the advice of a trained and properly qualified medical and/or psychological professional. If you are experiencing unusual physical or psychological sensations, or symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY.

Presented by

T.

In 2012, shortly following “the great crash”, we re-uploaded a piece entitled “How can I tell if I’m a vampire?

Originally authored maybe a year, or so earlier, it attempted to address some of the questions that we at RVL were faced with regularly.

In it I wrote;
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.”

The deeper, and often hidden, triggers that may drive the development of the “Vampire” presence you sense can, more often than not, be ascribed to a number of other causes and it is of vital importance that these causes are examined BEFORE you think anything strange about yourself.

Psychology1The “Vampire” psyche

In her dissertation on vampire psychology, Margaret L. Shanahan wrote;

Jungian psychoanalysts point to the worldwide interest in the vampire as evidence of its archetypal nature. From a Jungian perspective, the myriad varieties of vampire narratives found cross-culturally throughout history indicate that these images are not merely by-products of personal experience but are grounded in species-wide psychological structures. In other words, vampire images reflect significant experiences and issues that are universal in human lives around the world. In short, there is something about the vampire that we already understand intuitively-with the knowledge coming from deep within our psyche.” [1]

If this is true then what you may be experiencing is an upwelling of that deeply ingrained psychological model. In comments made to the Guardian newspaper, In Britain, Edinburgh based forensic psychologist Ian Stephen observed;
The cult of vampirism is to do with power and dominance, using blood to give you energy and immortality. If someone had ridiculed him, he may have needed to compensate for this – something like vampirism may have given him what he was looking for.” At the time he was speaking of a convicted “vampire” killer.

 

Medical-ResearchHealth considerations

There are known to be a number of medical illnesses that cause symptoms which might, with a stretch of the imagination, be construed as being indicative of being a vampire… unfortunately, or fortunately, you are NOT going to be able to be “turned” into a vampire. If you hang out with the right crowd long enough some of their manner and demeanour might rub off and you will find yourself mimicking your peers – it doesn’t mean you’re a vampire all of a sudden.

One medical condition that is popularly cited as being cause for thoughts of vampires is porphyria. The porphyrias are a class of illness of inherited, or acquired, disorders of certain enzymes that participate in the production of porphyrins and heme. (Incidence: Rare)

Acute porphyrias
The acute, or hepatic, porphyrias primarily affect the nervous system, resulting in abdominal pain, vomiting, acute neuropathy, muscle weakness, seizures and mental disturbances, including hallucinations, depression, anxiety and paranoia. Cardiac arrhythmias and tachycardia (high heart rate) may develop as the autonomic nervous system is affected. Pain can be severe and can, in some cases, be both acute and chronic in nature. Constipation is frequently present, as the nervous system of the gut is affected, but diarrhea can also occur.

Given the many presentations and the relatively low occurrence of porphyria, the patient may initially be suspected to have other, unrelated conditions. For instance, the polyneuropathy of acute porphyria may be mistaken for Guillain-Barré syndrome, and porphyria testing is commonly recommended in those situations. Systemic lupus erythematosus features photosensitivity and pain attacks and shares various other symptoms with porphyria.

Not all porphyrias are genetic, and patients with liver disease who develop porphyria as a result of liver dysfunction may exhibit other signs of their condition, such as jaundice.
Patients with acute porphyria (AIP, HCP, VP) are at increased risk over their life for hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer) and may require monitoring. Other typical risk factors for liver cancer need not be present.

Cutaneous porphyrias
The cutaneous, or erythropoietic, porphyrias primarily affect the skin, causing photosensitivity (photodermatitis), blisters, necrosis of the skin and gums, itching, and swelling, and increased hair growth on areas such as the forehead. Often there is no abdominal pain, distinguishing it from other porphyrias.
In some forms of porphyria, accumulated heme precursors excreted in the urine may cause various changes in color, after exposure to sunlight, to a dark reddish or dark brown color. Even a purple hue or red urine may be seen.” [2]

Amongst other conditions that might seem to have “vampiric connotations”, are;

Alliumphobia, is a neurosis that causes extreme aversion, or reaction, to garlic. (Incidence: Rare)

Rabies, or hydrophobia, causes sufferers to demonstrate “vampire-like” symptoms. These may include a desire to bite others. The hydrophobia virus attacks the nervous system wherein it may cause oversensitivity to sunlight and to visual stimuli, such as mirrors.
People who contract the illness often become delirious, aggressive and suffer from hallucinations. The disease can also affect portions of the brain that control sleep patterns, leading to insomnia, nocturnal sleeplessness and hypersexuality,

Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is a rare genetic disorder that affects tooth development and causes abnormal development of teeth, which may come at a later than average age. In some cases, many of the teeth are absent except for the canines, which in effect appear to be protruding, and the teeth that do grow in are pointed,

Xeroderma Pigmentosum, or XP, is an extremely rare genetic disorder. It causes a person’s DNA to be unable to effectively repair the damage caused by ultraviolet light. Sufferers of XP develop severe sunburns, even with the most minimal exposure. Other effects can include skin blisters and the development of oozing, raw wounds on the surface. Even some indoor lighting, such as incandescent light bulbs, emit UV rays and should be avoided. Other symptoms of XP may include a painful eye sensitivity to sunlight, causing them to become irritated and appear bloodshot. This may also be accompanied by a glossy white thinning of the skin.

From the very outset of your inquiries you MUST examine ALL medical/ physical possibilities, it could be that you do have an illness which may be life threatening. Please, consult a qualified medical practitioner at the earliest opportunity, if only to be sure in your own mind.

Mind over matter

Let’s assume we’ve covered the major, if rare, medical conditions that might give rise to suspicions of “vampirism”. We need to move on and consider the ramifications of mental health.

One particular study, conducted in 2013 within the vampire sub-culture, revealed the following;
From a set of 250 responses 92 respondents claimed to have NO mental health issues in reference to the presented lists of options.

That left 158 remaining, and those 158 indicated suffering from disorders ranging from a simple clinical Depression all the way up to Schizophrenic disorders and, within these responses, there were those who suspected themselves to be suffering some sort of mental health issue but, as yet, remained undiagnosed.

To put it into a national, United States, perspective “an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people
In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.” [3]

Again, this is something that can’t be ignored.
If you believe you may be suffering a diagnosable mental health issue please get in touch with a medical professional as quickly as possible. If you experience any symptoms, such as audio or visual anomalies, please get in touch with your health provider as quickly as possible – the longer the delay the worse the problem becomes.

 

As Margaret Shanahan observed in her paper, “Among several narcissistic disorders described by Kohut and Wolf that are relevant for an inquiry into the vampire myth, what they denoted as the “mirror-hungry personalities” is of special importance (Kohut and Wolf, 1978). Mirror-hungry personalities “thirst for self-objects whose confirming and admiring responses will nourish their famished self.” Because of their deep-felt lack of worth and self-esteem, these persons have a compulsive need to evoke the attention and energy of others.
And, “…Wolf elaborates: Despite their discomfort about their need to display themselves and despite their sometimes severe stage fright and shame they must go on trying to find new self-objects whose attention and recognition they seek to induce.

Such mirror-hungry personalities often manifest arrogant superiority. If this arrogance is not affirmed and accepted they will often withdraw into what self-psychologists call “a grandiose retreat” seeking refuge in isolation in order to shore up their self-esteem.

As you can see, there are lots of considerations to be addressed before a person can leap in the air and yell, “Whoooopeeee… I iz a vampire…!” and start sparkling madly, even if everything is checked out and you are medically and psychologically 100%, A-1, Top o’ th’ World you need to be very careful about how you proceed from therein… it’s not always the safest place to be, on the nightside.

Good luck and if you find you have questions that you can’t seem to get straight answers to, please, feel free to contact us by email to – rvlmail@yahoo.com

Kind regards,
T.
ATTENTION: Nothing in this editorial is intended to replace, dismiss nor challenge the advice of a trained and properly qualified medical and/or psychological professional. If you are experiencing unusual physical or psychological sensations, or symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY.

Psychological Perspectives on Vampire Mythology. Shanahan, Margaret L.
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porphyria#Acute_porphyrias
3. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml#Intro

Further reading:
Albers JW, Fink JK (2004). “Porphyric neuropathy”. Muscle Nerve 30 (4): 410–422. doi:10.1002/mus.20137. PMID 15372536.
Roelandts R (2000). “The diagnosis of photosensitivity”. Arch Dermatol 136 (9): 1152–1157. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.9.1152. PMID 10987875.
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