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Monday, 27 January 2014

Clinical Vampirism

when we think of Vampires we think of blood suckers,who suck the life force from you, the undead, A being with hypnotic powers with the ability to romance a person into wilfully being their victim.
A being with extreme strength, a manipulator, a night stalker, creature of the night, unable to be out in daytime and sleeps in a coffin, or other uninviting and dark places.
They usually have sharp piercing teeth and black, red, yellow, abnormal or normal eyes. Ability to read minds and the ability to move faster than the eye, A demon with a slow ageing process, with the ability to rejuvenate.
They can come across as a normal human being but without the ability to cast a reflection. but there is always an element of creepiness about them.
They can’t enter a home without being invited first According to legend and what we see in some movies, there are only a few ways to kill a vampire, stake through the heart, holy water, garlic , silver, beheading, fire, crosses and sunshine.
There are vampires born into it, vampires turned into it and also half vampire who can walk in the day, also known as day walkers.
Early films showed vampires who lived in old castles like nosferatu a creepy long toothed bald man, who liked to creep up on you and appear by the side of your bed,  and count dracula, who was based on Vlad the impaler, Vlad III Prince of Wallachia.

 Vlad was a member of the house of Draculesti or Dracula, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462 in Romania which at the time was the Kingdom of Hungary. His father, Vlad II Dracul, was a member of the Order of the Dragon, which was founded to protect Christianity in Eastern Europe. Vlad III is revered as a folk hero in Romania as well as other parts of Europe for his protection of the Romanian population both south and north of the Danube. As the cognomen 'The Impaler' suggests, his practice of impaling his enemies is part of his historical reputation During his lifetime, his reputation for excessive cruelty spread abroad, to Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The name of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula was inspired by Vlad's patronymic Vlad was born in Transylvania, which was in the Kingdom of Hungary (which today is a part of Romania)

 We have so many nightmares about actually coming across a vampire in a dark alley or somewhere similar but equaly as dark and creepy, when I was young I would wrap myself tightly in the quilt for fear of a vampire and even in summer I would sweat while made sure a vampire couldn’t get me. I know now this was just silliness because if a vampire was to come I’d be putty in their hands. But of course all imagination and none of it true.

So what is clinical Vampirism 

 Clinical vampirism, is more commonly called Renfield's syndrome, and is an obsession with drinking blood. Psychologist Richard Noll who examined cases of clinical vampirism, invented the syndrome. Noll noticed that some of these patients behaved like a demented character named Renfield from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Renfield being a delusional mental patient in a lunatic asylum who ate spiders and flies to absorb their life force.
Noll saw this as the human counterpart to the vampire, so late one night in 1990 while he was writing his book’s introduction, he jokingly suggested that clinical vampirism be renamed Renfield's syndrome. People with symptoms of this syndrome are mostly male. For them, blood has a mystical quality, as if it can enhance their lives.
In a pseudo-serious vein, Noll followed diagnostic protocol and identified a specific set of stages.
 "The first stage is some sort of event that happens before puberty where the child is excited in a sexual way by some event that involves blood injury or the ingestion of blood. At puberty it becomes fused with sexual fantasies, and the typical person with Renfield’s syndrome begins with autovampirism. That is, they begin to drink their own blood and then move on to other living creatures.
It has…compulsive components.” Psychiatrists have long been aware of certain cases in which someone has a delusional notion that he or she is a vampire and therefore needs blood. This arises not from fiction and film but from an erotic attraction to blood and the idea that it conveys certain powers. It develops through fantasies involving sexual excitement.

 During the mid-1880s, German neurologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing noted the sexual presentation of the attacks, in that they were compulsive and often aimed at a victim in a way that suggested lust. For example, a 24-year-old vinedresser who murdered a twelve-year-old girl in the woods, he admitted that he also drank her blood, mutilated her genitals, tore out and ate part of her heart, and buried her remains. There was also the man who cut his arm for his wife to suck on before sex because it aroused her so strongly.

 Clinical vampirism is named after the mythical vampire, and is a recognizable, although rare, clinical entity characterized by periodic compulsive blood-drinking, affinity with the dead and uncertain identity. It is hypothetically the expression of an inherited archaic myth, the act of taking blood being a ritual that gives temporary relief.
From ancient times vampirists have given substance to belief in the existence of supernatural vampires. Four vampirists, including Haigh, the 'acid-bath murderer', are described. From childhood they cut themselves, drank their own, exogenous human or animal blood to relieve a craving, dreamed of blood-shed, associated with the dead, and had a changing identity.
 They were intelligent, with no family mental or social pathology.

Some self-cutters are auto-vampirists; females are not likely to assault others for blood, but males are potentially dangerous.
Vampirism may be a cause of unpredictable repeated assault and murder, and should be looked for in violent criminals who are self-mutilators.
 Because of the disease not generally being recognized and no current treatment is known, there are debates about the dangers of not being able to treat this disorder, as patients are potentially dangerous to society.

 James Riva was 23 years old when he shot and killed his elderly disabled grandmother as she sat in her wheel chair, he then stabbed her several times in the heart. He drank the blood that gushed from her wounds and then set fire to house to remove the evidence.He claimed he had been possessed by a 700 year old vampire, and that was the reason why he needed to drink her blood. He also claimed his grandmother was a vampire who fed the vampire which possessed him while he slept. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a further 10 to 20 years for arson.

Mauricio Lopez’s niece Mariella Mendez was having an affair with her sisters husband, Macario Cruz. When Mauricio found out about the affair he decided to kill Cruz and drink his blood. He stabbed Macario in the heart and the liver in front of his niece and her 4 children, he then took a plastic cup and filled it with Cruz’s blood, then drinking it before fleeing the scene. He’s now facing charges from second degree murder to aggravated assault and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Understanding Yin and Yang

A look at how the Chinese use Yin and Yang in medicine and diagnosing health problems

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Sweet Hero

I have such a huge soft spot for Dobermans especially after losing mine in 2012 still missing him greatly and don't know if I'll ever completely get over it, still get a tear to my eye when ever I think about him including right now.

I've taken to digitally painting him and it seems that they're the better pictures I do but that could be because I want to take extra care, knowing how soft his ears were I was always stroking his ears and under his chin the fur was so soft.
He was the kind of dog you could learn so much from because he would let you do absolutely anything to him (within reason.)
I learned to cut a dogs claws because he was so tough nothing phased him, I know now I did it wrong before but he wouldn't grumble he'd just let you do it again until eventually you got it right. Once I clipped the quick, he never murmered just got up and started playing then I was the one who noticed because of the blood and I panicked. He just thought "What's all the fuss". He was my sweet hero, indeed!, R.I.P..

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A couple of gooduns

I have been restoring photographs again and got a couple off the net to try and I'm very happy with the result.
I experimented with colour for this one

Love the little girls expression in this one, think it might have been because she got her brothers toy gun lovely photo.

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