This is a term that is a favorite of one of my mentors Dr Joe Vigil. An intellectual vampire is a person who sucks you dry of ideas and then claims those ideas for themselves. This is a phenomenon that I see more and more in the younger generation. There is a shameless stealing of ideas without the thought of giving proper credit. The intellectual vampires have caused me to be much more reticent about openly sharing of ideas that I have worked to perfect. On the other hand the intellectual vampirism has caused to me be even more aware of giving proper credit to the people that inspired me and openly shared their ideas.