I was under the impression that this principle of 'connection'
was something widely recognized among therians! Oh dear!
When I first began trying to understand and describe my therianthropy I began to treat this principle of connection as something deeply fundamental to it all at a very early stage. I was using the word connection to describe my inhuman experiences as far back as the late nineties!
DustWolf Wrote:for different reasons we as people develop traits that make us like certain animals and then that connection we have to those animals -- that is our therianthropy.
This is essentially what I was trying to describe and explain! At first all I could come up with was that I felt this incredible connection with Wolves and that connection itself is what made this animal a part of who I am...
wait...what did I just say?.....
Here's where the overlap between 'experiential' therianthropy and 'identity' therianthropy comes into play. I became absolutely convinced that when one feels a connection deeply enough with a certain creature, you literally become united as one with that creature, even if only temporarily and even if it's only in your head.
That covers the experiential side of things but at what point does one decide that 'I Am X creature' and why does this happen? How does Identity and self perception factor into this weird equation we live with?
I grappled with this question for years. The best thing I have to offer as an explanation for this is an analogy based on the musical principle of Resonance. If you have two tuning forks that are matched in frequency, you only have to strike one to make the other one ring.
DustWolf Wrote:Ultimately if anyone looked deep enough into their Therianthropy they might find that the reason for their animal traits is... that they're a person who is like that animal.
That is how this therian connection thing works, in my mind. We are born or are shaped into having the ability to 'resonate' aka 'connect' with a certain creature. Oh but, what about the identity part of it?
When you have notes playing with compatible frequencies, the result is a chord. When this happens, you can no longer pick out individual notes. You experience the waveform as a single sound instead.
That is a good analogy for the identity side of therianthropy. We connect, identify and resonate with said creature so strongly, we no longer experience that as a separate entity. It is now a part of ourselves.
Thanks for posting this line of thought, Dust! I hope it continues to generate replies for a while, as it could be a good one to link up with the TG Academy somewhere!