A very badly explained theory on Cameo Shifts.
So we can all agree that everyone's experience in therianthropy is different, right? We can all agree that not everyones shifts are the same, not everybody experiences the same thing.
But there's something that's been bugging me for a while, tugging at the back of my mind.
What really are cameo shifts?
Anyone who experiences shifts has probably had a cameo shift before. If you haven't great! that's awesome. good for you.
But, where do these cameo shifts come from?
Are they part of a kith? Or is it just our brain trying to make sense of our experiences?
If we don't kin the thing we're shifting to, then what is the point of the shift at all?
Because we're not remembering anything from a past life usually, we're not finding a connection (usually), and we generally don't relate to the things we have cameo shifts of.
There has been some discourse on this subject in a discord server that I have since left, questioning the existence of Cameo shifts at all, and they brought up some really good points that I will go ahead and explain.
They theorized that cameo shifts are not really "cameo", they are actually of things we kin, but "cameo" shifts are rather a falter in our perception of the shift.
Usually the argument to this is that cameo shifts can happen of animals not even remotely similar to your kin/theriotypes, and I would tend to agree with this.
Another good point they made is that cameo shifts are not usually talked about in the community, and just one following rhetorical question, "Why cameo shifts if our brain/spirit does not lean towards those creatures?"
I'm not going to confirm or deny anything said on those debates as that would probably be..controversial, to say the least, and I am NOT here to start a debate/argument.
I'd just like some thoughts/guidance on this subject
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