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    In my personal experience the best way I can describe a mental shift is like putting a transparency over a projector. To me mental shifting feels like an overlay- my thoughts tend to have certain patterns, and I know myself well enough to know how I think about things. I can pretty reliably predict my reactions to certain ideas, events, or stimuli. But when a mental shift occurs, I find those thought patterns altered. I'm in the bizarre position of being able to recognize when a mental shift is occurring pretty quickly, because my thought patterns change so drastically from what I know is my usual. My responses to things, my entire personality, my problem solving capabilities- they all change. As an example, I know when my friends are upset, I tend to be very action-oriented. How do we solve the problem, what can we do to fix it, what action can we take that will help. But in certain mental shifts, I can feel my priorities changing in the way I approach the 'problem' of my friend being upset. In one of my fictotype's shifts, it's a part of his personality to really stress listening and hearing someone out. Not necessarily trying to find a solution, but just listening, being a place to vent. He's warmer and more emotionally available in that way, I guess. And his priorities are different- make sure the person can express their emotions and know that those emotions are valid, whereas my approach is to quickly remove the negative stimulus as soon as possible so it stops hurting them at all. I know that solving things in an action-based way is how I think, which is why mental shifts feel so bizarre to me, because I know I should be wanting to take action, and yet some other force- the identity shifting in- is actively ignoring that. It's rewriting my thought patterns, changing my priorities and how I approach things. And I am aware of it doing this the entire time it does it, which is why I say it's like having a translucent overlay- my core thought patterns are still there, just now colored and slightly altered by what has moved in 'on top' of them. This can be a bit odd for me, since I believe I'm....whatever the fictionkin equivalent of a contherian is- that is, my fictotypes and I are constantly meshed together in a way that disentangling any one of us from the whole just sin't possible. We form a cohesive unit. But at times certain fictotypes do wax and wane. Some of these I experience as emotional shifts, but I have 2 fictotypes who, when they grow stronger, show up primarily as mental shifts. Rather than altering emotions, they alter cognitive abilities. Right now I'm actually in the process of working with my partner to see how drastic these shifts are, and if they can tell which fictotype shifted in and what changes they brought. We're trying to test just how far the mental shifts deviate from my norm.
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    I don't even know my kin name. I obviously had one, but I've always just gone by the nickname given to me when I was 17. Addy is just a screen name based on an old RP character I used to have. I've never cared about what my kin name was, or in fact if I even am kin or not, as its not a huge part of who I am. I think I could be, but I could also be mistaken, its not a big deal to me. I identify as as a catgirl, but don't know if I actually am or not. I have no kin memories, I just get phantom ears, and take the form of a catgirl in our headspace.
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    I have not fully figured out my kin name, but I believe it to be "Aunuri", as that word entered my head when I started my journey and so far have always returned when I petition for the word.
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    The name I go by within the community, Velvet, was chosen simply because I like the word and associate it quite strongly with cats. I don't remember any names from my feline lives. The majority I wouldn't of had one, being a wild feline. A few lives I have memories of being a pet but no memories of any name and I don't personally find it important. As an argonian I'm unsure of my name also. I have one or two possibilities which seem familiar, but if they were my name, a name of someone I was close to or something else entirely I'm unsure. Again I don't really find past names that important. I am what I am and the name I use in this life reflects all aspects of myself.
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    Felix (my dwarf name) was just through intuition I don't believe it was my real name rather one humans called me. Eersian my screen name was made by combining deer and Persian together
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    To those of you who play D&D or similar games I'm curious what kind of groups you've played in? Do you have a group of friends you play with or did you join a group without initially knowing the other players? Do you meet up in person or do you play over the internet?
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    I'm actually in 4 games right now, 3 of them as the DM. I play with my partner and 2 best friends in person. We have a homebrew fantasy/classic dnd campaign going (our longest running at almost 2 years now!), a bastardized version of Ravenloft, a Vampire the Masquerade game, and a Monster of the Week campaign my partner DMs. I've never been to a public group or online game before- my friends and I are way more interested in the roleplay and world building aspects rather than the stats and rules, so idk how joining a public group would go for us.
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    Currently I play with my best friends/neighbors. We are running a werewolf/Garou game after waffling back and forth forever and a day. I have also played 5e Forgotten Realms with a group that I partly knew and partly did not know--but we all had the Known friends in common, so it wasn't entirely strangers. I have never been to a public game night... sounds spooky but also neat!
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    I have a few groups I used to play with (haven't in a while). First I started playing with a friend group of which I already knew the others, mainly from fantasy festivals. Then I found out that a local (board) game shop hosted D&D game nights, I tried it a few times and that was with players I didn't know.
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    As an individual who does to some extent experience a difference, although not drastic, imagine being in one sate of mind, one train of thought, one feeling and perception of the world, then suddenly it like an ebbing tide it flows away. Suddenly that which is underneath is exposed and then the feeling that the world surrounding, the thoughts encompassing it, are all seeing it through another lens. The difference of say, going to the optometrist and having the hazy, indistinct view put forward and with a simple rotation, it is clear. The world itself has not changed, there is no delusion about it, reality is still reality but the perception of that reality is more lucid and distinct. Yet that is not all, as rather than just feeling it all to be different it also inspires the self, the true self, to approach it differently. Rather than viewing everything with a human perspective and thoughts, the state of mind itself is completely different. It may be alien for some or as for most here, leagues more familiar. The world feels right, the perception of it feels right, the way to act in it and behave feels right. So it is not uncommon then such a shift in mental state will spur someone in that experience to act more according to where their mind, their emotions lead them. This is, of one is familiar with some disciplines of psychology the Self versus the Persona. The latter is the functional mask an individual wears to inhibit themselves in order to operate in reality and be largely functional in the social world. The Self, however, can be any number of things; a Self that is not actualized and individuated is unbalanced and the person will be lopsided in their reactions. But someone who has incorporated all the disparity in their being who can then be the Self might experience euphoria - I certainly do. I feel almost as if everything that is the mind, heart, and soul, these ethereal and intangible parts of myself have all coalesced and suddenly I live through them in the body too. I no longer feel that there is a disconnect but I also, for a time, do not perceive all of my body as it is in physicality - this is where the phantom elements come into play for many, myself included - and the way I want to interact with the world is different. But if they can surprise the individual? Absolutely, a mental alteration of state can be triggered with some sort of stimulus readily. It could be as simple as a certain sound or a scent or even a memory - by virtue intentionally as day dreaming or meditation or similar. So it can come as much as surprise as it cannot and that can be for better or worse. As one imagines, for myself I am suddenly very different in demeanor and intention if someone were to present their back to me in play or in conflict; there is an urge and a stimulus to act, to ambush. But can I control it? Absolutely, it is still I, the Self, who is in control and while I have impulses they are moderates by my being. However, some people have difficulty with that and often by virtue of disability or personality, which makes it essential to learn to guide it.
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    Shifts in general can be extremely variable and will differ from person to person in terms of strength, duration and frequency. And of course some people do not experience shifts at all. It's a bit like a sliding scale between human and non-human, where a shift would be moving up and down that scale between any two points. Some people may slide up and down the scale a lot, others may be set at a certain point and never shift and some may hover around the same area with only minor fluctuations up and down. Personally I don't really shift as such, my mindset is a blend of human-feline-argonian. My feline mentality is set and does not change in intensity however my argonian mindset still experiences minor fluctuations. In the past I did experience quite noticeable and sudden shifts, but haven't for some time now. My feline aspects are a little easier to pick out as they are quite different from human, but argonian and human can seem very similar at times. There is a difference to the instincts behind the thoughts and in the way I think of and process things as an argonian, depending on the situation and environment that distinction can become more or less clear. My natural instincts can influence my behaviour. For feline this is again more easy to notice, for example the instinct to stalk is a large one for me. I think my feline aspects effect my body language, posture and the way I move. Not generally in a way that is noticeable to other people (well, felines and other therians may be more inclined to pick up the subtleties) but it is noticeable to me. Again with argonian there are many human overlaps and I can't always be sure what comes from where. There are a few things a lot easier to pick out though, such as my tendency to flick open my fingers when I walk into a dark room/place... I am getting out of that habit somewhat but it comes from the subconscious thought of 'I should light this place up' followed by an unsuccessful attempt to cast a light spell. There are also times when I feel I would normally panic but my argonian mindset remains calm and efficient, generally in situations involving myself/others being hurt (as an argonian I was a healer). In general I don't draw a hard line between my human and kintype mentalities. I view my mind as being a blend of all three, there is a lot of overlap and many thoughts and feelings come from a blended interpretation. But certain thoughts or actions may have a distinctly feline/argonian feel to them.
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    Dogs and foxes cannot breed together, but it is possible to have both a dog and a fox theriotype.
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    Hello,im track! wolf therian XD I go by track the type of wolf i am is an arctic wolf. (im very fluffy xd) i use she/her pronouns. thanks for the alpha for welcoming me!
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    44 thousand years puts it at the oldest yet, and it contains pictures of human-animal hybrids. https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/11/world/oldest-rock-art-humans-scn/index.html
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    Always a wonder how such a rich, enormous history is present even if not written yet modern people, foolish as they are, regard therian psychology or therianism as "new". The fact that the concept predates any major civilization and ties itself back directly to the earliest creative works is proof enough it has always existed, just that people now have been consumed by their own anthropocentrism; that because they are apart from all the natural world conceptually, only the human one must exist.
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    Our Discord will be kept online; we've streamlined it and removed several unused channels. Thanks for voting!
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    Personally I feel my feline phantoms all the time and my argonian phantoms pretty often, but not constantly. You certainly don't have to have phantoms all the time to be considered therian/otherkin/kith! Everyone experiences things differently, some may never experience any phantoms or shift at all. Otherkinity/therianthropy is an identity as something non-human (while kith/otherhearted is identifying with). The experiences that go along with the identity are personal to each individual.
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