chaitea Wrote:Skeptics are fun. I look forward to reading what you have to write. New perspectives are always helpful and I do love a good thought provoking concept.
I try not to be the mean kind of skeptic, but I do value good critical thinking and logic very highly, and I seek my own meaningful answers in science. I come from a shamanic and Pagan background (hippie upbringing, lol) and have great respect for Native traditions as well as a personal spirituality that could best be described as Pan-Gaea, a veneration of the ecosystem and its complex interlocking web of organisms in the constant dance of evolution.
Quote:I’m also curious as to what you mean by a ‘Clinical therianthrope.’
My best guess is that some aspects of the therianthropic experience are neurobiological in origin and may be related to (or actually on) the autistic spectrum. I don't claim this as absolute fact by any means as it is a good distance from being proven, nor is it necessarily true for everyone. But the patterns of anecdotal data from self-reporting therianthropes do strongly suggest the etiology of a clinical phenomenon distinct from the DSM definition of lycanthropy, as does my own personal experience. So I choose to label myself a clinical therianthrope with the understanding that I am not qualified to make the same judgment for anyone else.