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I had a thought (I know, weird, right?). I'm 19 going on 20 and I'm a wolf therian. Now, wolves don't tend to live to my age, and they certainly don't live to 80, 90 even 100 years old. So, how old is my therioside? I mean, I feel like I'm a suntherian, with mild shifts back and forth, so the wolfiness is always there to some extent.

I don't really think of my therioside as a separate entity so I haven't cared much about age, but I'm wondering what other people think. Sometimes I've felt like a puppy or a young adult and other times I've felt like a grown wolf, a mother with a pack. Has anyone felt something like this? Or has anyone felt a certain age associated to their therioside?

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I've always been bothered by the idea of "age of kintype"...
the way I see it, or rather, choose to see it, the kintype is an impression upon the energy we refer to as souls...
That looks, to me, like asking "how old is the 5°c raise to the temperature we experienced Wednesday last week?"..
That temperature raise is 200 years old, took it a while to get there <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->

All kidding aside, I agree with Miniar.
Mental age can, at times, be a useful guide as to what types of behaviour to expect from someone. For instance, when I say that a co-worker was the oldest 6-yr-old I ever met, I am commenting on how immature he was and nothing further. Sometimes it is used for those that are mentally challenged to give an idea of what level of thought they are capable of. But it is but a rough yard stick, an approximation.
And that may also be the only way that age as such is relevant to one's therioside. Not as a direct mapping of the physical age, but as a rough measure to the age one is acting or thinking like.

Age is a product of time, nothing more.

Maturity is another issue, though one that is related - for example certain brain structures are not developed until mid-20s and no amount of "life experience" or personality or anything remotely like that will put them in place.

As such, asking how old one's theriotype is seems to me to be fairly nonsensical. Perhaps if someone was permanently psychologically-wolf there would be strange personality and behaviour effects (just as there could be in a human who lived for hundreds of years) - but no such people exist. Or rather, people who are genuinely permanently psychologically wolf are obviously incapable of going online and telling us about it.
I also agree. Whether theriosides turn out to be caused by the wishful thinking/confirmation bias, soul, alternate/dual socialization, or mental issue theory (or any mix thereof) age of a thinking/feeling state still depends on the maturity of the mind, and that is a hard thing to classify.

For example, when I was fifteen I was extremely political, researched issues of local, global and national politics diligently, and was always up for a good debate with anyone who would listen. People were surprised by my maturity, but was I really as mature as I often convinced people I was? NOOOOOO. <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue --> I know now that I was idealistic and blindly pushing for ideas that may or may not make things any better in the long run even if they succeeded.

Some people mature in different ways faster, so I always question it when people throw around the word too much, as if immaturity and maturity were actually black and white opposites.
As we grow older and change, it makes sense that our othersides would age and change too. I've met people who claim that their therioside, for example, has grown grey fur as they've gotten older. It's interesting. I'm not too sure which side of the fence I stand on though.
Yeah, my phantom was black as the ace of spades when I moved to Selma 15 years ago; now it's got a definite salt and pepper effect going.

Thinking of my theriotype as a Wolf leads to a lot of paradoxes whuch don't occur if I think of it as part of a Werewolf, so I choose the later and sharply distinguish between Wolves and Wolf Therians.
Personally, I think of the age of a therioside to be the same age as the physical human, only after age conversions are done. It's like "dog years" in reverse. For example, if I said my puppy is about a year old, we could say that she's about seven in dog years. Now if I say I'm 15 years old, we could say I'm a little over two in dog years. If that makes sense =P
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