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something Ive touched on before but I was wondering what peoples views were on it or any stories youd like to share, I love hearing from fellow kin and even more so helping people understand the subject ^^
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Mongrelistic Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   General Artist
Therianthropy isn't exactly to do with ones soul. It CAN, but there's cases where it wouldn't (lack of belief in souls, plenty of atheist therians exist). It's when someone identifies as some shape or form as a non-human animal. Otherkin are folk who apply this towards mythological creatures or even potentially aliens(although I've heard the term star-child used in that context). For many it's more seemingly psychological or having a mix of empathy and other deep connections towards a particular species(s).

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. ^^
grumdark Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey bruh!
i'm a winged wolf therian. i actually had to leave tumblr recently because people were bullying me about it but i was sexyragecomics/st-spicas-prince, i think you followed me.
it's really tough because like i wanna be myself but if i do people call me a "sparklewolf" or "special snowflake" but im just like?? going with the way i feel to myself and it's not hurting anyone so idk why they have to be so rude.
i love talking about therianthropy/otherkin topics and just in general chatting and feeling comfortable with talking about the way you feel without worrying what the other person will say. if you ever wanna chat hit me up !! always available and willing to 'kin talk uvu
FALLEN-WARRIOR-008 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Im a wolf Therian :D
Rogue343 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I never really knew what it was.
I grew up (well, growing) in a rather... non-understanding household lets say.
Basically my father has the view that anything like religion is essentially stupid, so yeah.
What is it? I haven't really found anything that seems like a decent explanation, and the comments section doesn't seem to help.
I'm curious is all.
LaughingBanana Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
This seems to explain it;
  • 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."

So yeah :P I didn't know until now.
Rogue343 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Hmm, thanks.
I was quite curious 
RhyinaWolf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

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~

redwinewhitewings Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would just like to say I had never heard of therianthropy until you mentioned it, and I would like to thank you for helping me put a name to and better understand a lot of things I've thought and believed for a long time! I'm still fairly new and I haven't figured out my animal, as I feel connected to many different animals and varying levels and its hard to figure out which ones really mean the most to me. Its been really interesting reading about it and trying to figure it out, and most of all hearing from other people who share the views I always thought were simply my own mind trying to explain some strange ways I have of doing things and the way I feel about some things!
Rainfire02 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks to you I can put a name to it!!
The reason I like gray tabbies so much is because I used to think that my orange tabby would turn into a tiger, and that gray tabbies turned into silver tabbies. And I think it's relatively obvious I believe there's an animal in me if im commenting on this journal haha.
Were you ever able to figure out whcih animal was yours? between the lynx and the bird?
CloudedThoughts15 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I'm fairly new to Therianthropy, I was wondering if you had any tips or facts on it to help me better understand it.
starwish-chan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I myself am a Lion Therian :meow:
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)
BloodVendor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually heard about it from you. I would love to learn more, actually.
Tanzanator Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remembered first hearing about it, and being the arrogant prick I am, shouldered it aside as something the wolfaboos had taken to a low level. 
Although I don't really doubt it. All my life I've felt a link to rabbits, and whenever I try and shove off the spiritual stuff I can't and remember the love I've had my entire life.
I personally was detatched when I heard wolfaboos discussing therianthropy. They said things like 'I must be a wolf because I like meat and the neighbor's dachshund likes me!' I thought that was just too vague of an assumption.. But I don't know a lot about this subject, so I'm trying to tread lightly here.. so I don't mean to ruffle any feathers if I miscalculate how this works.
DogShenanigans Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   General Artist
im the same with the people like that, there were people saying they were dragons, wolves everything under the sun and they they are all powerful, so i moved on. i asked a friend who had known a few, he said its rare to find someone properly into it other then just trying to make themselves think they are powerful and fit in with a group
cutiecannibal Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I feel like psychologically i am a deer so I guess I'm a therian deer
CyberTiger88 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Hm... For me it's a tricky subject as much as sexuality. As in both cases, it's definately true that some people indeed "apply for the category". I'm using this word choice for the sake of better generalizing it while being neutral. This is because this might be considered a disease in some cases (has been considered for the case of homosexuality, Clinical Lycantropy is documented but not in DSM). Like I said, I'm not implying that it is in all cases, but a few might be. Like you know, "confused people". I've seen some people change sexuality or being-not being therian like they change clothes. This is what I refer to confused people. I mean that these people should stick to one of the sides, but personally I don't see any problem in any side. I just don't see being natural this constant change. So when I interact with people in such cases I try to help them "stabilize", whatever that person want to be, or feels he/she is supposed to be.
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!
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Though I wouldn't compare it to clinical lycanthropy as unlike clinical lycanthropy therians are fully aware they are human and act appropriately, I have heard one guy who claims it could be a type of autism or aspergers but to me this is very insulting as it would be the same as claiming trans people and religious people have autism or aspergers of some kind.

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!
skittycustard Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I always acted as though I was an animal when I was a child. It was to the point where I was avoided by everyone around me, even my teachers. I guess this was when they found out about my behavioral issues. This was in elementary school.
When I became a little older, I tended to only read books about animals, along with making detailed sketches of them.  I have never succeeded at drawing a human to this day, although I am improving.
In grade school I had become more and more depressed as people started to ignore me once again. I only had a group of 3 or 4 friends back then. They understood and agree that I am still attached to my Therian side, and they stayed with me even after that.
Although I am diagnosed with depression and am border line bipolar, I still feel attached to all animals around me, especially bats and otters.

I am a bat because I can hear everything, and sometimes nothing at all. I stay up at night and tend to be drowsy in the morning. I also have never been afraid of the night or being alone.

I am an otter because I love the water, no matter how hot or cold it is. I take steaming hot showers every night and it does not effect my health, even though I stay there for 30 minutes or more at a time. I am also very thirsty, drinking a gallon of water almost every day.

Any idea from anyone on this who has an opinion on what I am please note me. I'm curious to see what others think.

EyelessAkala Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

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;

LunaMoon54 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student
Cool I didn't know you were a therian. I happen to be a Raven therian ^^
ekoru Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I am a therian myself, although I'm still unsure of what my spirit animal could possibly be.
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
twistedkitt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe I might be a therian. Cat, maybe, because I tend to make a yowling noise when something surprises me, or when I feel a sharp pain. I also have cat-like reflexes, and naturally acted like a cat, and my peers always made fun of me for this. I might also be a wolf, because I tend to growl when I am pissed off, and whimper when I am scared or in pain. I enjoy howling, and howling feels natural to me. I always felt a strange connection to wolves that I didn't understand, and my peers made fun of me for that, too. Well, I am really confused and just was wondering if there was any advice anyone could give me.
Shadowluver1994 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know I never knew there was such a thing as this! And it's interesting to ponder over.  I don't believe I was an animal at some point, not to this degree I guess?  Well...I dunno to be quite honest.  As a child I always had very cat like tendencies.  Like, I would meow a lot and rub my head on people who I had affection for, and I still do that today out of sheer habit.  I also have a tendency to hiss (back then and currently) when I'm irritated with things or I'll yowl if something REALLY pisses me off or hurts me.  I always use to picture myself having phantom ears that either perked up or flattened out depending on my emotions, and to a degree I still picture it.

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:
Wings-of-Change12 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   General Artist

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.

ViolinistCorgi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
I have always had this attachment to wolves since a very young age. I'm not sure why. So I do believe Therianthropy is definitely a possibility.
FoxHeart23 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Actually; My sister and I are Therians, if I am correct. It's a religion, seeing as there is a therian Bible. There are also Otherkins, Polytherians and maybe even more than I know myself. May I ask why you'd like to touch bases with this topic?
NinjaCheetah Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't believe in therianthropy, but I believe in spirit animals, which is similar, but there isn't any belief that you can do most of the things that therians do, such as shifting. You can just connect to them through meditation 
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand, a lot of therians believe in spirit animals as guides aswell as there own animal spirit
Foxslit Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Just as a foreward, I'm not trying to accuse or be rude to anyone who identifies as therian. These are my opinions; but I love discussing and debating topics such as these, they're kind of fascinating for me. This might be a bit long-winded, forgive me!

I thought I was therian when I was younger, but as I aged I just kind of...outgrew it, so to speak? I've always loved wolves and for a few years fervently believed that I had the soul of a wolf. Phantom limbs, phantom abilities to move a tail and ears, canine urges and habits, all that. (I can still "move" them if I want, but only out of practiced reflex that ignores the fact that I /know/ it's just muscles near those areas that are actually moving.) This was when I was a kid and verrryy young teen. Then I did research into the subject, thinking therian was what I was, but the more I looked it up the more I distanced myself from it. Does that make sense? I was reading things that started sounding more and more like fiction and less scientific, which is how my mind has developed more in recent years--toward stricter, more logical and explainable ways of looking at these things. I went from believing I had a wolf soul to just knowing I have a strong affinity toward and appreciation of them.

I'm not trying to say "You're fake, and you're crazy!" about therians, not at all. It's just that the way I look at it, I see people who have very strong loves toward certain animals, to the point where they've picked up similar habits. This happens with family and loved ones, too; you tend to start acting like something or someone you surround yourself with and hold so closely. Obviously I can't look into your soul to judge that, but it seems very odd to me that so many therians identify as wolves, or foxes, or wild/house cats of some sort--animals that are very glorified in this generation, and especially on websites like this. As a sort-of outside view, that definitely stands out to me. And I think part of the reason why my belief started declining was because of the whole concept of shifting your physical body that I ran across several times. That's just...something I can't rationalize or really accept, just because it doesn't make /sense/ to me. To me, shifting your actual body is along the same lines of thinking that if I focus hard enough and believe hard enough, I could make my skin turn to stone and jump safely from a building. (Conservation of mass? What would animal fur/limbs/etc come from?) 

It'd be interesting to have a serious conversation about this subject. Therianthropy is something I was very close to for quite a while, so I would love to talk further about this. I want to learn more about this! Really!

(It's midnight and this is kind of a brain-vomit of ideas, I'm sorry if anything comes off insulting or awkward, I promise I didn't mean anything that way.)
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well its true a lot of therianthropy has gotten mixed up with young kids who want to 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
Foxslit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I was musing to myself about this topic earlier today during school, actually, and I got to thinking along the same lines of what you said: in a way, it's a matter of belief very close to religion. The whole idea of reincarnation and souls going through carnations as humans, reptiles, birds, other mammals, etc., is something unique to different sets of beliefs about the world and one's own self. I feel that therianthropy falls fairly well into this category because it involves the soul so heavily. On that front, it's very difficult to have a discussion, since there really is no way to prove religion outside of individual feelings. But I respect your belief in this--and having a soul that has been animal in the past or holds many similar traits to one is something I can agree with, to a certain extent.

I don't remember using the internet much when I was younger, around the time I first started feeling the phantom limbs and urges. This was when I was much younger, maybe 7 years old, and I noticed that when I played pretend as an animal something just felt right, so I held onto that and kind of manifested that into a conviction that I had a wolf's soul. So there's definitely something that goes past being exposed to the internet and some of the wilder claims out there.

A lot of the things you said about humanity having an inflated ego, I agree with that. But I also feel that this is a mindset that sort of goes beyond falling into the static of society and accepting everything we are told. It's a self-awareness of our reality in this world. I've seen some people go so far as to wish death on humanity because of all the "evil" we've done, but to me, acknowledging our place in the world can be a beautiful thing. It lets us know that there /are/ things out there that are beyond our control, that nature has its own workings around us and is more than just what we make it. And while I can't say that this exactly implies a connection to an animal soul, it does put us on a more level understanding with them, the understanding that every species has its purpose and place in the world.

Before I go and get too philosophical, let me say this: I very much agree with the idea that "therian" is a popular accessory term for many people. I won't condemn those who, like you, hold this as a spiritual belief higher than just "Oh, I act like this/love this therefore I must have a ____ spirit." My qualms are mainly with the more radical claims of being an animal that seem to be thrown around everywhere nowadays. I can respect the belief in therianthropy as a branch of reincarnation because on a level, I believe in reincarnation as well. Couldn't it be true, after all, that we were all once animals? We don't have any solid proof but that spiritual feeling is very special, and that's why I love learning about and discussing topics like this. :)
NinjaCheetah Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Whoop, discussion time. 

Have you ever heard of spirit animals? 
Foxslit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes I have! But I feel like "spirit animal" can be seen as a sort of umbrella term for that concept, and the actual definition kind of varies person to person. I've always considered spirit animals to be something separate from yourself, like an outside force that at the same time is inside you. That sounds like a paradox, but what I mean is that to me, the idea of spirit animals has always been that they are a force inside of you, but not /you./

I personally believe that spirit animals are more of a very close connection to specific traits linked to certain animals than an actual animal soul residing in you. This connection is a way of strengthening your own mind and personality, by holding those traits as an inspiration and motivation.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter! :)
NinjaCheetah Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hmm, I feel that spirit animals and therians are two different beliefs. Therians, from what I understand, believe that they are carrying the soul of an animal within them, or even their soul is an animal. A spirit animal is a bit like a guardian angel. It's not you exactly, but it's watching over you. 
Foxslit Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
That's basically the same thing I think, that they're two separate beliefs. I don't believe in spirit animals as you define them, but I can definitely agree to the idea of being lent traits and inspiration from an animal symbolically.
InfiniteLoup Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
It's hard being a therian, especially when your whole family openly mocks the idea. Unfortunately, I also feel like I can't reach out to others because I do not relate to a single animal, or at least I don't know what it is... I don't know. I certainly affiliate with reptiles and felines, however. I just don't know how to reach out to others.
D4RKT0RN4TH0R3 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not therian myself, though, I am otherkin (dragonkin more specifically). And actually, I've managed to connect with a few other otherkin/therian in my own life. Possibly through those connections of knowing eachother in our past lives. My boyfriend and my ex-boyfriend/best friend are both otherkin and therian respectively. I've always found these things to be interesting to hear others's stories and thoughts as well.

I've been a little cautious to post anything about it myself recently though due to a few assholes in the past who have told me to get psychiatric help though. .w.
Ken-ocide Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I've always believed myself a hybrid of sorts at soul, like the creature of my icon.
ThatCannibalOne Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I always believed in some kind of way I was canine, and then I met this one person, followed her on DA and saw this thing about 'therians' and then I knew that I wasn't the only one.
Freddy-Fazbae Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I, for one, am very pleased that you brought out the topic of Therianthropy because as of lately, I realized I was struggling with beliefs and I wasn't quite sure where I was going.

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!
BluSilurus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Digital Artist
I just checked it out now it seems pretty neat! I just took a quiz for fun apparently I am a unawakened Therian apparently? Who knows!
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
TheKingh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I don't know what I am! I hate labeling myself, haha. . .
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well labels can come with stigma though I am outside the community of therianthropy the label helps me explain myself to friends so its a tool really
though i understand the label dislike!
g-ryphon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a therian, but I definitely support others who are. c:
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heheh its definitely a niche believe that's for sure!

but its nice to know there are people out there who don't shun the belief so thanks!
swiftstep-forever Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Therianthropy is definitely and interesting thing, I have read up quite a bit about it but I['m unsure whether I personally am therian.
freezinghott03 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm a Therianthrope (me being a Pueblan milk snake) and have been for a while, though I just discovered the term for it a couple weeks ago. I feel close to most every living specie on earth, mostly humans and invertebrates, but I found the natural persona of the milk snake specie to fit my mind set (aside from my natural-born human talents). 

I believe that all species are born with their own set of characteristics, but through genetics gain another set of characteristics which may match up with the natural characteristics of another specie. My thinking is that canines are very close to humans based on natural characteristics, hence why there are so many wolf therians, but these people usually fail to realize the difference between their natural characteristics and genetic characteristics.

Damn I've said the word "characteristics" a lot in this comment. >_>
AxelK4 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
After doing a bit of research on Therianthropy and Otherkin. I think it's a really cool topic. I believe I've identified myself as some sort of canine. I don't know exactly what subspecies, but I'm pretty sure it's a feral one. I've had dreams of becoming a canine, and I feel as if I have a connection to them.
AxelK4 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Wild* not feral :P
I just realized there was difference between the two words
MediocrePotato Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist
I have loved the topic ever since i was a little kid. It fascinates me in every way, shape, and form!
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