Pariah Pack II

Razgriz III

FAQ

Identity

  1. What is Therianthropy?

    Therianthropy is categorized by a deep integral or personal belief that an individual is in some way and to some degree, a non-human animal. External factors (being hairy, having heightened senses, barking, howling, etc.) are irrelevant to identifying as a therian.

    • Therianthropy is a form of self-identification. This means, nobody can tell you if you are a therianthrope or not. Others can help guide you, point you to resources, make suggestions and provide information, but ultimately, only you're going to know.

    • Therianthropy is not necessarily spiritual; some individuals believe it is spiritual, others believe it is psychological, and some believe it is a combination of both factors or other factors including metaphorical, mental, clinical and neurobiological influences.

  2. Am I a therian?

    The definition of a therianthrope is; "Someone who identifies in some way and to some degree as a non-human animal." Other than that, almost everyone experiences therianthropy differently. We don't fit into any one set of guidelines or ideas.

    However, only you can decide which label best suits you. Reading this FAQ and the rest of the material on this site may help you decide whether or not you want to identify as a therian.

  3. Are all therians wolves?

    Not at all. A good portion are, this is true, and there are various theories as to why this is. However there are cat therians, bear therians, horse therians, bird therians, you name an animal, and somewhere someone has a theriotype of it. Everything from insects to extinct animals exists as theriotypes. And it does not matter if you identify as a more unusual animal. A wolf is in no way better than a spider, and a tiger is not any better than a hare. It's about you and being comfortable with who you are.

  4. I don't know what my theriotype is. Help?

    Although uncommon, there are people who feel an animal side or animality without knowing what it is. More commonly, you may not know what sub species your theriotype is, for instance if you feel an inclination towards large cats but do not know the specific animal. There is also a subsection of therianthropy called cladotherianthropy, in which some people do not identify towards a specific species of subspecies, but rather a whole clade of animals.

    The best advice I can give you is to reflect on yourself. Think about who you are. Research different species, see which one draws you in. Flick through google images until you find something that resonates with you. Nobody can tell you who you are, you need to find out for yourself. We have a longer guide here.

  5. Is Therianthropy a religion?

    No. It's not even inherently spiritual. Therians come from a wide variety of religious beliefs and backgrounds, but therianthropy in itself is not religious.

  6. Will you bite me?

    Ew, no, I don't know where you've been.

    You cannot become a therian via biting, it's not a disease nor a transmittable condition.

  7. Are therians more (sensible/clever/etc.) than normal people?

    Nope. Therians are just as diverse as any other community. Some may be smart, some may be kind, some may be friendly, some may be unsociable. Therians are not better or worse than non therians, just different, and therianthropy is a phenomena that affects such a wide range of people that commonalities are rare and still don't apply across the board.

  8. Normal people are so (annoying/stupid/evil/etc.) aren't they?

    To distinguish between therians and non-therians is to create a problem - therians are, inherently, human.

    Whilsy you might justifiably feel anger or annoyance at the treatment of the planet, natural resources, non-human animals or ignorance in your interactions with non-therians about therianthropy, it's important to remember that therianthropes aren't some kind of morally enlightened human beings. There are non-therians who give back far greater to the planet than some therians, and when discussing therianthropy, it is natural that non-therians are coming from a place of ignorance and lack of understanding. Your reality is not the equivalent to everyone else's reality, and it's good to keep that in mind.

  9. A theriotype, a spirit guide, or a totem animal?

    A theriotype, first of all, is the animal that you are. To be a therian, you don’t have to shift, you don’t have to contact your theriotype, you don’t have to see them at all. I think sometimes we forget what therianthropy actually is, it’s the state in where someone identifies as a non-human animal to some degree or another. That’s all. If you feel like are in some way a non-human animal, then the identity of therian is open to you, and the animal/s in question are your theriotype/s.

    A totem is an animal, plant, or natural object serving among certain tribal or traditional peoples as the emblem of a clan or family and sometimes revered as its founder, ancestor, or guardian. If you do not come from these cultures, you do not have a totem.

    Spirit guides are beings that guide you or act as a protector for you, and are often seen in meditations. They are a separate entity to you, but unlike totem animals, may have no significant connection to the individual.

    So, for example, a person could say: I am a bat, I am a bat therian. I identify as a bat. My spirit guide is a wolf, and I talk to them in meditations and they assist and guide me. My totem animal is a raven, I feel connected to ravens via my familiy lineage and our cultural spiritual beliefs, but I am not a raven.

    (To note: Belief in spirits, spirit guides or totems is not a requirement of therianthropy. There is just often some confusion as to the differences between these three ideas)

  10. Can my theriotype be a different gender to me?

    Yes. Although this is more common in those that are transgender, genderqueer, non-binary or otherwise LGBTQIA+, it does occur seemingly quite randomly sometimes. It's unusual, but nothing to be ashamed of and is generally readily accepted in the community.

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Shifting

  1. What is M-Shifting?

    M-Shifting refers to a mental shift. It is a change in mindset from the base level towards that of a more animalistic one. It may be voluntary or involuntary, and include changes such as loss of speech, sensory changes, amnesia, and changes regarding mental processing.

  2. What is P-Shifting?

    P-shifting is to physically turn into your animal. It stands for physical shifting. It is generally considered to be impossible. Our site maintains that you may discuss physical shifting, but any claims of physical shifting or other metaphysical abilities will not and need not be taken seriously unless evidence is also provided.

  3. Are there any risks associated with shifting?

    Generally, no.

    Some people do experience very severe shifts during which they may be a danger to themselves or others. If this is the case we strongly advise you to take necessary precautions, whatever that may involve. Starting by talking to other therians is a good start, as there are various tips and tricks for control. If it continues to be a problem, seeing a psychologist, therapist, doctor or psychiatrist may be necessary for your wellbeing.

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Otherkin

  1. What are Otherkin?

    Otherkin are people who identify as non-human, to some degree or another. Sometimes therians are included under the banner of otherkin, sometimes they're not, and it largely depends on indvidual preference. Otherkin may include elves, dragons, aliens/starseeds, fae, ghosts etc. Therians are generally considered to be earth-based animals, but some animalistic non-Earth based identities such as dragons may choose to identify as therians or associate more with the therian community due to shared needs.

  2. Do vampires exist?

    Short answer, yes.

    "A vampire is essentially an energy feeder or blood drinker that may display various levels of psychic ability. While the causality, interpretation, and sometimes even the “proper” spelling of vampirism are debated, vampires are generally individuals who cannot adequately sustain their own physical, mental, or spiritual well-being without the taking of blood or vital life force energy from other sources; often human. Without feeding the vampire will become lethargic, sickly, depressed, and often go through physical suffering or discomfort. Vampires often display signs of empathy, sense emotions, perceive auras, and are generally psychically aware of the world around them. To a degree, the specifics of vampirism manifest differently on an individual basis and these nuances sometimes insulate the confusion in defining the vampiric range of ability and experience."

    [Source: http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com/educational/vampirism.html]

  3. Is there a war between vamps and weres?

    No. Be lucky I even dignified this with a response, it almost took the same route as the silver bullet question.

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Doubts and Fears

  1. I don't want to be a therian! I want to be normal. What can I do?

    You can forget about it. You can walk away and ignore what you feel. But I doubt you'd be here if that worked, would you? The best solution is to learn to be comfortable with who you are. And you're not alone, there's a whole community of people who feel the same as you do, and who can support you and help you with this. 

    I want you to remember that asking yourself whether something is normal is generally not helpful for you. Instead, try asking 'Is this healthy? Is this good for me? Is this functional?'

  2. What if it's just a phase?

    So what if it is?

    There's no shame in identifying as one thing and then later identifying as another. Your identity isn't meant to limit you. Completely human or completely therian, these labels don't define who you are. You have so much more depth than just a label. If it is a phase, don't worry abut it. There's no point regretting it, just in case it's not forever.

    If you are a therian, who's thinking now maybe they're not, I'd really reccomend reading this article - http://project-shift.org/its-okay-not-to-be-a-therianthrope/

     

  3. I could never tell anyone about this. They'd think I am a freak or laugh at me!

    It depends on the individual.

    I'm lucky in that I've had nothing but positive reactions from people. Some people don't feel the need to tell other people, or only tell those they're in extended contact with. Sometimes simply telling something that you see certain traits of an animal in yourself is enough. If you think telling someone is going to hurt you more than it helps you, then it may be worth reconsidering whether you should go ahead with that. If you do choose to tell someone, the community will be happy to help you, support you and advise you on going about it.

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General

  1. What can I do if my question is not here?

  2. QUESTION!11!! I HAVE QUESTIONS ANSWER THEM!!

    Posting a loose experience on a forum and then going 'Am I a therian?' is all well and good, but you fail to see the point that we can't actually tell you. We're not some psychic, all-knowing embodiment of awesome. (Yet. We're working on it.)

    There are literally hundreds of resources out there, and you can find a good few in our Resources Page, for a start. Don't expect to be spoon fed information. Get up off your butt and look for it. If you need something specific, ask for pointers, or start chatting with someone who seems knowledgeable, but please, at very least search through the forums and the pages on this site before asking questions which have probably been asked and answered before. (Which congratulations, you're doing very well at by reaching the bottom of the FAQ! Now keep going.)

    There are always things to learn, and brilliant people to learn from, but you have to actually be proactive. Of course, if you have a learning disability or other disability which makes this hard for you, we'll be more than happy to help out and assist you in any way we can.

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