(2019-09-13 10:23)Raz Wrote: @BearX I experience this kind of shifting as well. I actually wasn't aware of this before, so thanks for the information.
Anytime. It's one of the topics I bristle over. I've been repeatedly told in the modern community that I should look into other communities because what I describe "isn't therianthropy"... well, it was for the first 20 years of the community, so...
I've even been specifically told not to talk about it at all in another community, because it could "confuse the youngsters" and "encourage roleplayers". So? It was quite common historically, and one of the things that made therianthropy what it is, and to see it systematically being erased is very frustrating. Especially when these changes effectively displace many of us who were there at the start as "not therians". Okay, if we're not therians, would those boosters of this meme please tell us what we are? We identify as, or so closely with as to be no different, some critter AND experience dissociative states where that animality overcomes our humanity. Where does the line get drawn?
A human who experiences animal instincts must be getting those instincts from somewhere, and that somewhere is often dissociative. Just listen to someone describe an intense shift -- much of the wording is similar to that of people who describe dissociative states.
We're still trying to figure out what therianthropy (and Otherkin, but I tend to focus on therianthropy since it's the community I started in) is and I feel that limiting it artificially in the face of objective experiences is the wrong path.