Episode 80: Dodging Energy Vampires: Christiane Northrup, M.D.

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Today we’re excited to welcome back Kate’s mother Dr. Christine Northrup, and she’s here to talk about her brand-new book, Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Guide to Evading Relationships That Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power.

Dr. Northrup shares why she wrote this book, how it can help you, and the changes that she’s made in her own life to get to the place where she is now.

Energy vampires are real and they’re all around us, and this book reveals what we can do to regain and restore our own energy in order to remain empowered when we have to interact with these difficult people.

Episode 80: Dodging Energy Vampires: Christiane Northrup, M.D.

In This Episode

  • What an energy vampire is and how this person manipulates others [4:40]
  • How society is changing and calling out psychopaths [8:50]
  • Who are the cluster B people and two reasons they exist [12:30]
  • How to tell if you are you at risk to getting sucked in by an energy vampire [16:15]
  • Why this should matter especially to empaths [29:52]
  • The concept of cognitive dissonance [32:00]
  • Why this book triggered Kate so much [34:20]
  • How energy vampires have affected Dr. Northrup’s life [38:50]
  • What’s shifted in her to write this book [41:35]
  • An exercise for empaths [59:30]

Selected Links from the Episode

Dr. Northrup’s Website & New Book, Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Guide to Evading Relationships That Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power

In Sheep’s Clothing by George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D.

Without Conscience by Robert D. Hare, Ph.D.

Project Life with Mike Watts Seeing Allred (Netflix)

Connect with Kate, Mike & Dr. Northrup on Instagram!

People Mentioned

Philip Seymour Hoffman Oprah Winfrey Sandra Brown Leon Festinger Robert Holden Cheryl Richardson Dr. Shefali

Podcast Details




  • Nicole Johnson

    GREAT Episode! Quick question…. How do you know if YOU’RE the Energy Vampire?

  • CD

    Just listened to this podcast. I am seeking help after being involved with an energy vampire for over 40 years who happens to be my sister. I felt like your mom was telling my story. I have just ordered the book and can’t wait for it to arrive. Thank-you so much.

  • Nicole, I haven’t yet listened to this podcast, but in the promo series for Christiane’s series, she said that if you are asking whether or not you’re the energy vampire (psychopath), you’re not.

  • Stephanie

    I love you and I LOVE this episode. It’s so great to get confirmation that I’m not the crazy one! I am a hardcore empath who grew up in an entire family of narcissists 😬. I am so grateful to all information on this topic. Plus, I really love interviews with you and your mom, Kate. You are both so authentic and honest. You might find it interesting that there is indeed a cluster B & C since you asked in the episode. Personality Disorders are clustered in 3 categories, A, B & C, based on similar characteristics. Cluster B definitely deserves the vampire title and the award for most difficult! Thanks for another great episode. Keep up your awesome gift to the world you guys.

  • Chris

    The only people who worry that they might be energy vampires are empaths. It’s diagnostic. Energy vampires would NEVER be worried about this!

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