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Glossary

The Glossary contains some terms that are commonly used in this community.

Entry: definition
Alterhuman:

1. An alterhuman is someone who identifies as or is connected with non-human or is non-traditionally human. In this community, this term may refer to otherkin, therianthropes, other-hearted, animal-hearted, fictionkin, vampires, and plural systems.

Animal-Hearted: Other-Hearted

1. A person who is other-hearted identifies WITH one or more non-human animals, rather than AS.

2. related articles: Other-Hearted vs. Otherkin

Astral Shift: As-Shift, AsShift

1. Astral Shift has controversy over this type of shifting exists within the community.

2. A shift that takes place in the astral plane. It is commonly used to refer to shifting which takes place during Astral projection.

Aura Shift: A-Shift, AShift, Aural Shift

1. Aura Shift has controversy over this type of shifting exists within the community.

2. A shift where a shifter's Aura (specifically) takes the shape of their theriotype or kintype.

Awakening:

1. The term “awakening” refers to the process of discovering that you are otherkin and/or therian and the process of discovering your tintypes or theriotypes. Although it's an extremely common experience, not all otherkin go through an awakening.

Beserker Shift: Be-Shift, BeShift

1. A shift in which the shifter loses control of themselves and begins to act more like their kintype than human. This type of shift could be an extreme mental shift, or any shift combined with a manifestation of mental illness. The general community consensus is that these types of shifts are extremely unhealthy.

Bi-location Shift: Bi-Shift, BiShift, Bilocation Shift

1. Bilocation Shift has controversy over this type of shifting exists within the community.

2. A shift in which the shifter's theriotype or kintype leaves their “human” body and materializes elsewhere; It is very similar to an “out of body experience”, but instead of the “spirit body” being the human body, it is the body of the theriotype or kintype of the shifter.

Cameo Shift: C-Shift, CShift

1. Cameo Shift is generally accepted.

2. A shift into a being that is not the shifter's theriotype or kintype.

Cladotherianthropy: Cladotherian

1. Cladotherian is a subset of polykin

2. Cladotherian is a subset of therianthropy

3. A cladotherian does not have a specific theriotype. They instead identify as a family or group of animals instead of a specific species. An example of this would be identifying as “canid” instead of “wolf”.

Conceptkin:

1. The term conceptkin refers to an individual who identifies as a concept rather than a being. For example, one who identifies as a thunderstorm. There is a lot of debate in the community if this is a valid identification.

Contherianthropy: Contherian

1. Contherian is a subset of otherkin

2. Contherian is a subset of therianthropy

3. A contherian is a therianthrope that does not experience shifting, but instead is in a constant shifted state. The strength of this shift can vary.

Copingkin: C'link, Clink, Copinglink

1. (Site policy) Copingkin are not considered otherkin.

2. The term copingkin refers to an individual who identifies as otherkin for the sole purpose of coping with diagnosed mental illness.

3. related articles: What is a Copinglink?

Copinglink: C'link, Clink, Copingkin

1. (Site policy) Copinglinks are not considered otherkin.

2. A consciously created coping mechanism which centers around knowingly, willingly, and actively identifying as (or in some cases, with) the user’s choice of a non-human entity. source

3. A non-human identity (or in some cases, relation) which is consciously created. The creator is able to change and pick who/what they identify as/with as need dictates. This identity can be created by anyone, and thus, is not dictated by one’s mental health. source

4. related articles: What is a Copinglink?

Dragonkin:

1. Someone whose kintype is a dragon

2. related articles: Draconity, Dragons and the media and Dragons and the Matter of Truth

Dream Shift: D-Shift, DShift

1. Dream Shift is generally accepted.

2. A shift in which a shifter shifts into their theriotype or kintype while dreaming.

EHowl: Howl

1. An eHowl, specifically, happens in via electronic means of communication.

2. a gathering or meetup of therians and/or otherkin.

Factkin:

1. The term Factkin refers to an individual who's kintype is a specific named being (usually a person) who is either alive or was once alive. For example, a Factkin may choose to identify as President John F. Kennedy. This type of identification is widely considered to be invalid by the greater otherkin community.

Factotype:

1. Similar to "kintype". The term "factotype" refers to the particular being that a factkin identifies as. This term is especially used for factkin who identify as human beings, as the term "kintype" does not apply; otherkin must be non-human identities.

Faekin:

1. Someone whose kintype is a fae

2. related articles: Falsities of Fae and Falisities of Fae Vol. 2

Fictionkin:

1. The term fictionkin refers to an individual who's kintype is a character or being from a work of fiction.

2. related articles: Some Advice For Newly Discovered & Questioning Fictionkin

Fictotype:

1. Similar to "kintype". The term "fictotype" refers to the particular type of being a fictionkin identifies as. This term is especially used for fictionkin who identify as human characters, as the term "kintype" does not apply; otherkin must be non-human identities.

Gateway system:

1. Gateway system is a type of multiplicity.

2. It is believed these plurals have a headspace in another dimension/plane/reality and the headmates use the body as a gateway to interact with the world. These tend to have a very large number of headmates that come and go as they please.

Greymuzzle:

1. The term "greymuzzle" is a term used almost exclusively in the therianthropy, otherkin, and furry communities to refer to people who have been in the community for an extended period of time. Greymuzzles are generally older folks (above 30) with significant community history.

Headmate: Multiplicity, Plural System

1. A member of a plural system.

2. related articles: A Guide to Multiplicity

Hybrid vampire: Hybrid vamp

1. Hybrid vampire is the type of vampire that can get fed with energy or actual blood.

Kintype:

1. The term "kintype" refers to the type of being a particular otherkin identifies as. For example, "I am otherkin and I identify a a robot. My kintype is Robot."

Median system:

1. Median system is a type of multiplicity.

2. These plurals are in between singlet and plurals. They share their body with fragments of themselves i.e. past lives or emotions personified. There is usually one sole fronter and the headmates are not always as distinct as with a multiple.

Meditation:

1. Meditation is a journey into the unknown and into the mind. It can help relieve stress, help with chronic pain, can make you sleep better, feel happier, be more peaceful, as well as be more present and discover more about one’s self.

2. related articles: Guide to Meditation

Mental Shift: M-Shift, MShift

1. Mental Shift is generally accepted.

2. A shift in which a shifter takes on the mentality of their theriotype(s)/kintype(s).

Multiple system:

1. Multiple system is a type of multiplicity

2. The headmates are distinct, separate beings with their own personalities and thoughts. Usually it incorporates the headmates sharing time in the front and cooperating with each other.

Other-Hearted: Animal-Hearted

1. A person who is other-hearted identifies WITH one or more non-human beings, rather than AS.

2. related articles: Other-Hearted vs. Otherkin

Otherkin:

1. People who identify either partially or wholly as one or more non-human beings, entities, or concepts in a psychological or spiritual manner.

2. related articles: What is Otherkin? - An Introduction To The Otherkin Community

Phantom Shift: Ph Shift, Ph-Shift, PhShift

1. Phantom Shift is generally accepted.

2. A shift in which a shifter feels a “phantom limb” sensation."; For example, the shifter may feel ears and a tail, or paws instead of hands.

3. related articles: On "Astral Limbs" and "Phantom Limbs"

Physical Shift: P-Shift, PShift, Physically Shift

1. Physical Shift is generally rejected and/or believed to be impossible.

2. When one physically shifts into their theriotype or kintype. It is scientifically impossible to P-Shift.

Plural System: Headmate, Multiplicity

1. related articles: A Guide to Multiplicity

2. the state in which a person shares their body with another being/soul/headmate etc. There are many names for what people call those beings that they share their body with. Usually, in the kin communities you will see the term headmate.

Polykin:

1. This term is used to refer to an individual with multiple kintypes.

Polymorph:

1. A polymorph is an energy being with no set form. Instead, the polymorph can take on multiple forms.

2. related articles: Polymorps as kintype

Polytherian: Polywere

1. Polytherian is a subset of polykin

2. Polytherian is a subset of therianthropy

3. A polywere is an individual with multiple theriotypes.

Polywere: Polytherian

1. Polywere is a subset of polykin

2. A polywere is an individual with multiple theriotypes.

Psychic vampire: Psy vamp

1. Psychic vampire is the type of vampire that feeds on energy.

Sanguinarian vampire: Sang vamp

1. Sanguinarian vampire is the type of vampire that feeds on actual blood.

Sensory Shift: Se-Shift, SeShift

1. Sensory Shift has controversy over this type of shifting exists within the community.

2. A shift in which the shifter experiences a state of perceived heightened or reduced sense of awareness often in-line with their theriotype or kintype; eg. wolves may claim better sense of smell, etc. This type of shifting relies on perception of information, as it is not possible to smell, see, hear, and so forth beyond what is humanly possible.

Shifted: Shift, Shifter, Shifting, Shifts

1. Describes the experience of when an individual 'becomes' more like their theriotype/kintype in a non-physical manner.

2. related articles: A Guide To Shifts

Shifter: Shift, Shifted, Shifting, Shifts

1. Someone who experiences 'becoming' more like their theriotype/kintype in a non-physical manner.

2. related articles: A Guide To Shifts

Shifting: Shift, Shifted, Shifter, Shifts

1. The term "shifting" is primarily used in reference to therianthropy (but also applies to otherkin) and describes when an individual 'becomes' more like their theriotype/kintype in a non-physical manner.

2. related articles: A Guide To Shifts

Special Snowflake:

1. The term "special snowflake" refers to somebody going out of their way to be seen as unique, different, non-conformist, or original. In the otherkin community, it often refers to people who like to collect kintypes like pokemon badges, or who claim to be ultra-rare or super-powerful beings.

Spiritual Shift: S-Shift, SShift

1. Spiritual Shift is generally accepted.

2. This is a rather vague term to describe any sort of shift with a spiritual undertone. It most frequently refers to when a shifer's Aura, Astral body, or spiritual self takes the shape of their theriotype or kintype.

The Blue Hell: Blue Hell

1. Tumblr

Therianthrope: Therian

1. Therian is a subset of otherkin

2. A person who is, feels, or believes he/she is, in part or whole, (non-physically) one or more currently alive or once-living non-human animals on an integral, personal level.

Therianthropy:

1. Therianthropy is a subset of otherkin

2. The condition of a person who is, feels, or believes he/she is, in part or whole, (non-physically) one or more currently alive or once-living non-human animals on an integral, personal level.

3. related articles: What's Therianthropy?

Theriomythic:

1. Theriomythic is a subset of otherkin

2. Theriomythic is a subset of therianthropy (there are people who disagrees with this)

3. This term refers to someone who identifies as an animal from myth. Example: Gryphons.

Theriotype:

1. Theriotype is a subset of kintype

2. The term "theriotype" refers to species a particular therian identifies as. For example, "Shiro is a therian and identifies as a wolf and fox. His theriotypes are wolf and fox."

Transspecies:

1. The term "transspecies" has been used to describe individuals who identify as otherkin or therians. This term is considered offensive to some in the LGBTQ+ community, and therefore it is not recommended for use.

Tumblrkin:

1. Tumblrkin is a term that refers to people who identify as otherkin, but base the identification on information obtained solely from Tumblr.

Vacillant Therianthropy: Suntherian, Syntherian, Vacillant Therian

1. Vacillant Therian is a subset of otherkin

2. Vacillant Therian is a subset of therianthropy

3. A vacillant therian is a therianthrope that does not shift, but instead has their theriotype fully integrated with their base personality. Informally, the terms "suntherian" and "syntherian" may be used instead.

Vampire: Vamp, Vampirism

1. Someone in the condition of vampirism

2. don't misread "vampire" with "vampirekin" or vice-versa

Vampirekin:

1. People who identify either partially or wholly as a vampire, entities, or concepts in a psychological or spiritual manner.

2. Vampirekin can suffer of vampirism in the current life, but it's not neecessary.

Vampirism: Vampire

1. Commonly, you can find 3 types: sanguinarian vampires (sang vamp, for short), psychic vampires (psy vamp, for short) and hybrid vampires (hybrid vamp, for short)

2. The condition of the individual that needs to be fed with energy or blood to remain healthy.

3. don't misread "vampire" with "vampirekin" or vice-versa

Wishkin:

1. (Site policy) Wishkin are not considered otherkin.

2. The term Wishkin refers to an individual who wishes they were otherkin, or who pretends to be otherkin. The term is primarily used on Tumblr.

Wolfkin:

1. Someone whose kintype is a wolf

2. related articles: The Company Of Wolves

Wulf Howl: WulfHowl

1. Predecessor of Kinmunity.