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  1. 2 points
    Yep, exactly. Quite honestly, this article is not directed at people who have gotten to the point of eventual acceptance in their identity journey. It's more for people entirely new to otherkin, who may have come at it from the wrong information. I've had people try to tell me that there's no functional difference between someone who only pretends to be otherkin "for fun" (but doesn't believe anything about themselves is actually nonhuman) and someone who actually holds the beliefs they claim, and I've been told by someone in full seriousness that they confirmed a whole kintype within 5 real-time, non-exaggerated minutes of beginning to play an idle app game - and they couldn't understand why I thought them saying that was a joke. It's not an article meant for people who over-question, really, but to warn against the idea of 'don't question anything ever', which ends up simply as roleplaying rather than actually holding an identity. Just gentle reminders when you're starting the journey and are new and excited by everything. The extreme other end isn't good either. I don't believe endless, repetitive cycles of frustrating doubt are healthy either. The goal, I feel, is more to get to a place in your identity where you are comfortable with what you experience, and not so unsure that one question from someone can bring the jenga tower crumbling down. I believe the answer to that question can be as simple as "All I really know is that I have these experiences and I call myself an X, and I'm fine with not trying to puzzle every last detail out" - and that that answer should be acceptable to older community members.
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    Copingkin isn't limited to mental illness, so I'd word it something more like: Copinglink/Copingkin - An individual who consciously takes on a non-human identity in order to help cope with various aspects of life. This could be to cope with mental illness, trauma, stress or other difficulties. I would change multiplicity to plurality, as plural is pretty much a catch all term for anyone sharing a body with multiple individuals/personalities/souls/aspects etc... while multiple is a specific type of plural system (also changing the "Check this box if you are part of a multiple system" in profile settings to say plural system would be nice, unless of course you were meaning for that to be specific to multiples, but if that's the case adding other options for different types of systems would be nice). If you were interested I could suggest more plural terminology, although I feel that's likely better placed in a separate article as this seems focused on otherkin terms and, well, this is an otherkin site so that makes sense. :P Heart-type - The type of animal or being the individual identifies with. Kith & Kithtype - Alternate terms for other-hearted and heart-type. "The strength of this shift can vary" always confuses me in the contherian definition. A contherian is in a constant and unchanging state of human-animal and the strength of that does not fluctuate or vary. Variations in strength would be more in line with vacillant therianthropy.
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    While I appreciate your effort in creating a blog about dragon information, a lot of this information is wrong. I have studied dragons in heraldry and mythology as far back as the fourteen century and no where does it state that wyverns are less intelligent than western dragons. This is pure d&d fact only. Wyverns were also original dragons and the western dragons came later, with only the french and brittish making the distinction. In many countries, there is still no disctinction and a wyvern is a dragon, period. You can also preach all you want about how wyverns are "basically shove the body plan of a wyvern onto the qualities of a western dragon and create this fire-breathing non venomous two legged lizard with forearm wings that in reality doesn't really exist in mythology.", when you claim to be a modern fantasy dragon, yourself. You do not get to define what a dragon is or isn't, and the way you worded this makes it sound like you claim that people who identify as more modern fantasy dragons/wyverns are non-legitimate, which is a very rude thing to do.
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    There might be a copy-paste-mistake: 'Animal-Hearted - A person who is other-hearted identifies WITH one or more non-human animals, rather than AS. ' Was it meant to be: '...who is animal-hearted ...' instead of '...who is other-hearted...' ? Thank you for the whole article btw!
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    Fantastic, thanks! It's much clearer now.
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    I appreciate your suggestion; I've updated it for clarity.
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    That's a great point, @Amber. I'm experienced enough to be comfortable giving advice, You're right, and so is @Cipher. There's a balance there. You don't want to jump into anything without patience and thought. Taking your time is extremely important. But you also have to understand that there will never be something that confirms your ideas 100%. There is a certain point where you have to take a stance. Just make sure you take your time getting there It really, really is. But that's why it's so important for us to be open to discussion about things we don't agree with. Questions are a good thing, but they have to be asked with understanding, right? Or at least that's how I feel.
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    I have implemented your suggestions in the latest update. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions!
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    As a note though : As a french people who read a lot of european dragon mythology, I have encountered the wyvern body plan associated with fire breathing or just the name european dragon. The label european dragon honestly doesn't mean much in folklore, just that it is a reptilian looking chimera/monster with usually, venom/fire/wings and other draconic characteristics. A very good exemple of this would St George's dragon, usually represented with a wyvern body plan, and breathing fire. It is interesting to note that he seem to have been venomous in the tale, though, but most european dragon were. Iirc, it may have been a christian thing associated with hell to make dragon breathe fire?
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    I am a cedar tree. Any other phytanthropes?
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