Psychological Explanations For Real Vampirism
There are people who call themselves vampires; they are real people who drink real blood. There is an entire vampire subculture which involves those who drink blood and those who donate blood to these self-proclaimed “vampires.” These vampires claim that they have no control of their cravings, that their bodies need the blood they drink. Research has shown that their bodies, in truth, do not physically require the consummation of blood. There is no science that confirms what these real vampires claim. Therefore, logic says, that the issue of blood drinking is in their heads.
I’m not a psychologist, therefore I cannot give you a vast and detailed psychological explanation behind real vampirism. I can however give you a brief summary of the theories doctors in the field have already devised. Blood drinking is something psychologists have studied in great depth and below are two of the major theories behind the condition – the Freudian theory and the Jungian theory.
In Freud’s world, vampires are surrounded in images of repressed sexual longings and fears. According to Freudians, the vampire myth is linked to incestuous feelings of guilt and to infantile oral fixations. Essentially, Freud’s theory is focused mostly on the erotic side of things. Your sexual desires are what cause your behavior. The German doctor Richard von Krafft-Ebing, who inspired Freud, also believed that bloodthirsty acts were sexual. Some even believe that this doctor influenced Bram Stoker, hence the sexuality and bloodlust in Dracula.
It’s not about sex to the Jungians. According to Jung, vampirism is a symbolic expression of our primal instincts.
I will leave it at the basics. As I said, it’s much too difficult to cover every inch of their theories.
But what are your thoughts on these theories? Any psychologists here who want to add something?
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).