Myenia Wrote:My only issue with the psychological view (and the reason I stick to otherkin sites) is that...if its only mental, you can't really say you're an animal. You may kinda be like one, and have some quirks that resemble it...but theres nothing that changed your mind to somehow understand the inner workings of an animal.
I'm not sure if I agree or disagree with this. I'm divided between the mental and reincarnation theories. What if psychological therianthropy was a toned down, and more "sane" (if you will) version of lycanthropy? Because personally, if my therianthropy is mentally it doesn't change how I feel. Yes, I am a human, but inside I am a rabbit. However, if I do ever conclude that my therianthropy is mental - I didn't develop into it. It wasn't caused by nuturing, I was born this way.
(So then, can mental therianthropy be divided into two subcategories? Those who believe how they were raised altered their mindset and those who believe that mentally they are different? I personally haven't met anyone who thinks they belong in the first subcategory, only those who think they were just born with different "wiring".)
Most therians I have come in contact with have had the same experiences and feelings that I do. It doesn't seem to matter what the cause of one's therianthropy is; I really believe it to be a universal "feeling" between therians. And as far as theories go, personal beliefs have a lot to do with it. That's why I'm divided; I don't know if I believe in reincarnation, souls and whatnot. I used to 100%, but as time goes on I'm less positive of that route.
Not trying to ruffle any feathers/fur/scales, just throwing that out there. My opinion. And it's fine if you believe mental therianthropy less authentic - I'm not one to ever say what you can or cannot believe in.
But I do agree with the three main types of therianthropy.