Negativity, which has the effect of draining our essential energy, is represented by the vampire in dreams, particularly if there is an assault on our spirituality and beliefs. Often the fear of emotional and sexual relationships can be represented in dreams as a vampire. Because the human being still has a fear of the unknown, ancient symbols that have represented this fear can still appear in dreams. When heavy demands are made on us that we do not feel capable of meeting, a vampire can appear in a dream. We are figuratively being ?sucked dry'. The vampire or blood sucker is such a fearful figure that it is accepted as an embodiment of total negativity.The succubus, a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men, and the incubus (the opposite) preying on a dreamer's vital energy has traditionally been pictured as a vampire in both men's and women's dreams. Such dreams may originally arise from childhood trauma. You might also like to consult the entry for Blood.