Hi Fiddlehead, and greetings and salutations to my Empaths friends!
It's been awhile since I've been here, but this is one discussion that drew me in, and I am going to add my two cents worth, if you don't mind. My experience with negative-nelly's has taught me to realize that some people who are constantly complaining, ( not all mind you)
don't want to change. I myself call them, Energy Vampires! I have an older sister who has been like this her whole life! And I totally relate, pertaining to being drained, when in the company of those who spew out negative comments, ect... Conversing with the Negative-nelly's, is especially draining when, regardless if you're talking about everything uplifting and inspiring affirmations! Sadly, she's not the only one I have in my family that I consider Energy Vampires... I must leave the room after a while and go somewhere, ALONE, and charge my battery.
Bottom line is that the Energy Vampires suck the life force out of you and I allowed that too many times before I said, Enough is Enough! No more will I allow you to suck my life force out of me, and I drew the boundary lines, between them and myself! I love my family and friends, but I am doing it at a distance. Sad thing is I ended up with the short stick most of my life, before I decided I wanted my life back! The most important and blessed part is that I can move away and into a home of my own, and not be around all this negativity!!! Fiddlehead, my dear friend, only you can make that decision as to how you handle this situation and I truly believe that you have within you the power to rise above this situation! Be blessed my friend, be blessed!!!