Are You Batty If You’re Into Vampires?
Possibly, but only if you go really extreme with it.
An entire dissertation could be written–and several have been–on the psychology of the vampire Myth. (Note my use of the capital M here. A “myth” is a made-up story. A “Myth” is a made-up story containing a larger truth.) Is it possible to distill a couple of paragraphs worth of analysis from the mountains of material? Not really, but that won’t stop me from doing it anyway.
I’ll be safer letting the “experts” do most of the talking. “The myth can be understood along various levels of psychosexual development: in oedipal terms, for example, the vampire is seen as an abductor of women, killing and enslaving any men who cross his path…The significance and universal persistence of the myth suggests deep roots in the evolution of our psyche. It suggests the omnipresent desire to conquer the secret of life while containing the elements of its renewal. It represents the terrible desire for survival, destroying others to maintain his own existence…Vampirism, as a mortal sin, is contained in the image that most often comes to mind, the perverse nature of the vampiric act, in which the bite and the sucking of blood produce an orgasmic sensation which supersedes coitus.”
Yeah. What he said. But there’s more to it. For some, more than you might think, a New Age reinterpretation of vampirism has taken the role that religion formerly played in human life. Why?
I would break it down like this: Human beings are the only sentient creatures that we know of with an understanding of our own mortality. We know that we’re going to die. All religions, all forms of spirituality, spring from this one basic truth. The vampire represents a conquering of death. Also, as death is a universal constant for us, it is natural that we would seek to view it in less horrific terms. To blunt its fangs, if you will. The next step beyond is to romanticize it, to start viewing it as attractive. This parallels the evolution of the vampire Myth perfectly. One could argue that the two are actually one and the same.
The article from PSYCHOLOGY TODAY is worth a read, if you have the time, though it, too, must by necessity truncate what should occupy an entire library’s worth of extant data.