When people hear the word vampire, the first name that comes to mind is Dracula, well, for most people. A lot of people do not realize that there are actually different types of vampire in both lore and literature. In this particular article, I am going to expose both the differences and the likenesses of the traditional plasma drinking vampire and the psychic vampire.
The Differences between Traditional Plasma Vampires and Psychic Vampires
The first and more important difference between these two are the means in which they survive. The plasma vampires are the vampires that most people think of in todayís society. They are the vampires that drink the blood of humans to survive. Psychic vampires are completely different. These vampires do not feed of the nutrition within humanís blood. They actually feed off of a humanís psychic energy. Their memories and consciousness are what feeds and keeps them alive.
There is also a difference in the effects of these two types of vampiresí victims. With the traditional plasma vampire, it is often said that they drain a human of all of their blood unable to help themselves, in turn killing their victim. With psychic vampires, this is entirely different. Psychic vampires rarely kill their victims, but the effects that they have on humans is a prolonged one. Psychic vampires tend to feed off of the same human for weeks if not months, and the lasting effects on their victims are insanity. Feeding off of the humanís mind tends to drive them into a state of insanity where they no longer know what is real and what is not.
The Likenesses between Traditional Plasma Vampires and Psychic Vampires
One of the biggest likenesses between these two types of vampires is the fact that they both thrive and live off of something from mortal human beings. The other likeness between them is how they can be killed. The most common ways that this can be done is by exposing them to direct sunlight or even artificial ultraviolet light.
There are other ways that have been considered traditional ways to kill vampires, and they are wooden stakes to the heart and holy water blessed by a priest. However over the past few years, there have been a few different ways added to these particular myths about how to kill these vampires. Silver use to be considered the best way to kill werewolves, but in recent medias, the writers have developed silver into being an effective weapon against vampires as well.
Immortalized with Literature and the Media
Over the past decade, vampires have become an extremely popular genre of material in both literature and in television and movies. Despite the fact that these creatures are merely fiction, they have become extremely popular because of the allure of what they stand for and represent. They are often depicted as creatures of the night that are beautiful and mysterious. A lot of what people today want and miss in their own lives, they see in in these creatures and it makes them even more popular than in the past.