I used to have an assortment of beliefs about it if you had asked me about 8-10 years ago. As I've grown older I realize how much of an agonistic I really am. There's very little you can prove or disprove about anything like this. I certainly feel misplaced in this body time to time, but I embrace the fact I am human and appreciate the wonderful things I can do as such (being intelligent, having thumbs, and all that is kind of awesome). If reincarnation and such does exist, then we're here to have a human experience. (:
What I find unfortunate is when many young therians/kin seem to get so frustrated about this and express so much hate for being human.
Either way. I don't know why I feel the way I do nor do I really care. All that matters is being comfortable with oneself. ^^
- Therianthropy is categorized by a deep integral or personal belief that you, are in some way, a non-human animal. External factors (being hairy, having heightened senses, barking, howling, etc.) are irrelevant to whether you’re a therian or not."
Before actually knowing what therianthropy was, I never understood some of my childhood habits (which are still with me nowadays ), but after looking it up, I found it was really interesting and it explained all of those weird habits I had (have).
Back when I was little, ever since I can remember, I actually would walk on my toes (like a dog or a cat does), howl, snarl/growl if I got angry, and I had some kind of 'phantom' ears and a tail. Because of all that, my parents actually had a test done on me when I was five to see if I had psychosis or something (I didn't, and thinking back on it, I am insulted that they would even consider that as an explanation), but after doing research, I have figured out that I am a wolf/canine/cat therian (can't figure out which one exactly..), and am still attached to my therian form. I admittedly still walk on my toes, growl if I'm angry, snarl if I'm REALLY pissed off, yelp or wince when I get injured, bite people if they put their hands right up to my face, and even still have that 'phantom' tail and ears going on (whenever I walk around, it's like I can feel the tail swaying back and forth, and when I'm sitting down, I feel it twitch and sway in response to my emotions; I can actually somehow semi-prick my ears forwards, and somewhat feel them go back when I'm irritated or sad).
I never thought there was a name for it, and I (foolishly) thought that everyone had the same thing going on with them, but I am glad I finally know what it is~
When i found out what a therian was, it really explained to me all my little habits from when I was younger, even my habits as of recent
Years ago when I was first coming up with things like stories or drawing animals and such, I liked to draw myself as an animal like a cat, and I thought it was normal for people to think that they all liked animals too and associated themselves with one or wanted to be one, so I would draw my friends as animals or furries (before even knowing what a furry was, it just looked cool) or ask them what they wanted me to draw them as, and that's pretty much when i learned that no one else really thought that way or even that not everyone likes animals.
Looking back now, I used to pretend I was a cat or something similar with full-on ears and tails. When I get angry, I'd phantom-shift claws and ears. I didn't think I was a cat but I liked them enough to want to pretend to be one. I also used to roar and hiss at the kids I didn't like or bullied me. It got them to back off (probably cuz it was weird XD) but I thought it was pretty normal (Till years later only to facepalm myself and realize how stupid it must have looked)
Also when I say "apply for the category" is because it's very evident some cases sometimes, but I'm not going to say "affected" or "inflicted" because this has a conotation of being a disease, or not being natural. But I do think it is sometimes natural, something like "from the guts", like an instinct. Some person... -- or better put -- Every person is born different, but some people just "stand out" more from the average. I could say "more different" instead of "stand out", but in the end there's no such thing as "standart". Every one is unique, but some people have more "no so frequently heard of" characteristics.
Personaly, I've considered if I would be a therianthrope, but I've concluded I'm not. I love tigers, but I don't percieve any sort of bound with them. Sounds cool tho! I envy those who have it!
though it makes sense for people to try and explain why others might feel different and unaccepted in human society as people are always looking for ways to explain things they don't understand. I also don't believe homosexulaity is a disease or mental disorder as sexuality in animals is a lot more fluid than in people and it seems we as people tend to forget we are animals too
humans are the only animals that do have construct over gender identities and sexuality though many animals even change gender with age.
though you are right many people seem to jump between things and I think that is the result of the modern internet and trying to be niche and trendy
its a complicated subject in all areas though my therianthropy is linked with my other beliefs and very spiritual some people do like explanations for it.
sorry if i didnt cover everything I have to go now so i kinda rushed!
I'm a therian myself. A tiger therian.
I've always felt connected to them, and found them beautiful whenever I saw one. I've been through a few shifts where at times I feel like I have round ears and a long thin tail.I act very feline-like myself at times, and I can even roar like one. ;w;
Since I've always had quite a connection with animals and do sometimes have some animal-like behaviors, I find such a belief to be reasuring and a lot of it can make sense, appart from the actual shapeshifting and such.
Talking to others with similar beliefs is also quite interesting. :3
Also, cats seem to really love me o.O lol I work at an animal shelter during my spare time and I work mainly with cats because they are honestly the most easiest to deal with. Plus, some of them are really rather talkative to me and I enjoy "speaking" with them haha c:
I think my connection with cats partially stems from the fact I'm a Leo perhaps? Not sure if that really has anything to do with it, but I'm going to kinda guess it does? I dunno.
Not sure whether to say that is...Therian-ish? Or just a spirit animal sort of thing c:
I really don't mind the idea. It's interesting to look at new things such as this and actually i's not against the idea of this. I may not personally believe it, but I'm willing to let others believe it.
personally I have always had a connection to animals as to so much distance myself from most people
I'm actually 22 years old and have had this belief for many years now, I believe in phantom limbs and mind shifts but ive also always believed in reincarnation and the soul to me therianthropy is no different to other beliefs such as christianity etc
in that in requires an actual belief/faith in what you are thinking and feeling.
but beyond that, therianthropy has been a great way to connect myself to something and explain how and why I think a certain way, throughout my life i would step back from humanity and question everything about its setup and logic, I would often come out to friends and family about how crazy i found the worldwide setup of government and money and ask things like why cant people just go off and liv in the wilderness and build a house their why do the government control it why is it monitored like that?
my other gripe has always been with human arrogance and how humans think they are so superior to other creatures, humans being created in the image of god or being the highest form of rebirth are reasons other beliefs never clicked with me.
it just seemed ridiculous to believe you are so important when you have no connection to the food chain and life cycle and jut simply destroy
humanity to me has always appeared as a useless animal as even insects have a purpose and would cause chaos in the natural world if they dissapered.
so all my views that were never influenced with the internet (the internet was expensive when I was 13-14! let alone a computer!)
I've always liked earth and nature based beliefs like paganism too
finally most peoples therian animal turns out to something they are not obsessed with, a lot of therians aren't the animal they love
a lot of people assume i love cats which is false in fact for the longest time I disliked them in general and was a dog person, I didn't hate them but I had no interest in them
I only took an interest once I started reading about behaviors and feeling like they just made sense
originally before this id tried being a wolf therian because a had a wolfaboo stage and I wanted to be a bird therian for the longest time.
though like I said on the internet therian has become a popular accessory label and I think that's the same thing as what happened with actual wolf loving people and wolfaboos
they get lumped in the same category.
to me therian isn't something that just came into my life randomly its something ive always been but never had a name for, I never forced behaviors or phantom limbs they happened long before and I always even as a child believed I was an animal in soul
to me I believe that everyone soul is set, it is something unchanging, but they live many lives as different things in order to grow and gain understanding beyond themselves
souls are born and die after following this cycle and souls themselves can b that of a human or that of a bird or wolf, they can even be dinosaurs etc
the soul goes on a learning journey throughout life but always has one vessel that suites its thought pattern and needs perfectly
this vessel is the one it ends up identifying with
Of course, when I noticed the Therians, I felt very happy because I think that I might be a Therian!
I have a very strong love for animals and my family says I am very good with them, I know it sounds silly, but I feel like I have some sort of connection with certain animals.
As for the animal I am, its hard to say because I feel as if my inner animal would be some sort of bird, but other people say I act more like a cat.
I suppose I will find this out in due time, but once again, thank you for introducing the Therian community to me!
I usually associate myself as a cat because I sometimes have cat like actions here and there and my friends agree they notice to! owo
though i understand the label dislike!
but its nice to know there are people out there who don't shun the belief so thanks!