I want to also point out that vampirism tends to be more something you DO.
I'm going to give an example of how being an empath is different from being empathic. (I don't know about you, but I learn better through example.)
Being an empath means that you always feel the emotions of others until you learn to filter it. Even when you do, you're never truly turned off, you never completely disconnect from others. You will always be more sensitive than those around you. (Unless someone wants to chime in, this is my experience.)
Being empathic means that you can sometimes understand/feel the emotions of others. I understand that there are people out there who aren't always tuned in, but can do it at will/occasionally. I don't know if that's... something they learned or were always able to do. I find it most often with those who have trained it and other sensitivities though.Back to vampirism. I have been told that some people are born with a natural energy deficiency, that they are born vampires. But in all of my experience (not a whole lot, mind, I'm young), and in my reading of older occult books, I have not found this.
I have found that it's usually *caused* by something. Often another vampire, sometimes a psychic attack, sometimes perhaps just life (abuse, trauma, etc).
The point here is that the vampire has an energy deficiency. Their... etheric double, their aura, whatever. Some part of them is *leaking.* They can't contain their energy. Any attempts to build it up will not fill them.So instead of patching the hole, they feed off of others because it's quicker and easier.Empaths tend to be the target of many abuses because of our capacity to forgive. We understand the pain that the other person is going through, so we tend to be more likely to forgive, and thus make excuses.
Our empathy is both our strength and our weakness. It can be an awesome super power, but we must be on guard for those who would take advantage of it.