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Content warnings: None.

Last May: A therianthrope* named Wolf VanZandt (author of The Therian Timeline) created a web-page on the psychology of therianthropes. His page, “The Mind of the Were,” tells about their common experiences (such as mental shifting), information about them collected from surveys, and some possible explanations for why they are this way. There’s also an audio version of that page.

* A therianthrope is a person who identifies as an animal.



Source


Wolf VanZandt, “The Mind of the Were.” Created 2013-05. Updated 2013-07-20. The Therian Timeline. http://theriantimeline.com/therianthropy/the_mind_of_the_were
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Trigger warnings: The linked survey inquires about mental health in detail.

"The Therianthropy Research Group are pleased to announce our first research study is ready to go! We are conducting a quantitative questionnaire on therian mental well-being. [...] Whether you are a therian or a non-therian we would welcome your participation in this study." For more information, please see the current studies page of the Therianthropy Research Group's site. It includes a link to the online survey that you can take.

(For more background, here's the previous post on Otherkin News about the launch of the Therianthropy Research Group.)
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Trigger warnings: None.

Last May, in the Beyond Awakening blog for otherkin: a therianthrope/otherkin named Meirya rounded up a list of otherkin and therian projects that are calling for submissions. In short, this includes:

- Under the skin: Therian community voices, an anthology of short writings about being an animal person.
- Radiant obscurities, an anthology of writings about uncommon types of therianthropes and otherkin.
- The 2013 Therian Census, collecting demographic information about therianthropes.
- Project Shift, an informational site about therianthropy.
- Birds of a Feather, an anthology of writings about identifying as a bird or bird-like creature.

For more details on each project, and how to submit your work to it, see Meirya's post.



Source


Meirya, "Calls for submissions." Beyond Awakening. 2013-05-30. http://thehornedgate.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/cfs/
[identity profile] merticus.livejournal.com
Would you like to take part in research about Otherkin, Vampires, and Therians/Weres and are over 18?

Ish’had Duncan (MA Student at University of East London) is seeking six self-identified Otherkin, Vampires and Therians/Weres to share their experiences for an interpretative phenomenological research project aimed at the education of therapists.

More Information:
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/06/11/researching-identity-group-experiences-perceptions-of-therapy/
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Warning: The linked article discusses sexuality.

According to Flayrah's article from last sunday, the Anthropomorphic Research Project released the results of its survey of over 400 people who were at a furry fandom convention called Furry Fiesta 2013. 17% of these furry fans identified as therianthropes, and 5% as otherkin. This particular survey doesn't focus on therianthrope and otherkin issues.

Source


GreenReaper, "Furry con surveyed on porn, fantasy, pets, politics & bronies." Flayrah. 2013-05-26. http://www.flayrah.com/4981/furry-con-surveyed-porn-fantasy-pets-politics-bronies
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‘Vampirism’ In A Case Of Dissociative Identity Disorder & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics; 2012 – Issue 81: Pages 322-323

Link: http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=128321&CultureCode=en
Full PDF: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/230598656_%27Vampirism%27_in_a_case_of_dissociative_identity_disorder_and_post-traumatic_stress_disorder

Please note that ‘Clinical Vampirism’, ‘Autovampirism’, and ‘Renfield’s Syndrome’ do NOT appear in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV + TR; 1994/2000) and ‘Vampirism’ will NOT be included in the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V; 2013) as a mental disorder, listed paraphilia, or under ‘Paraphilias Not Elsewhere Classified’.

If you personally self-identify as a “real vampi(y)re” please take a moment to answer the following question (divided for both Primary Practicing Sanguinarian (Blood Feeding) and Psychic (Energy Feeding) Self-Identified Vampires).  If you identify as sexual, pranic, elemental, hybrid, eclectic, adaptive, living, or other identifiers sometimes ascribed to vampirism please choose the the category which best encompasses your primary feeding method: Sanguinarian (blood consumption, physical fluid-blood exchanges, etc.) or Psychic (psi/chi/qi/life energy feeding or manipulation, metaphysical, spiritual, etc.). *Note: This poll will be permanently relaunched in April 2013 and hosted via http://www.suscitatio.com; see “Projects” section of website.

Poll Link:  http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/02/09/real-life-vampires-vampirism-mental-illness/

Vampire Community News (VCN) POLL CLOSED FEBRUARY 15, 2013 - ANALYSIS BELOW & AT LINK:
http://www.suscitatio.com/images/DiagnosedMentalConditionsAmongVampires-VCN+VEWRSAnalysis2013.jpg



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Vampire Community Accountability Questionnaire - The Responses
July 18, 2012 – July 27, 2012


Responses - Text & PDF:  http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/accountability.html

The purpose of this questionnaire is to objectively evaluate what issues are adversely affecting the Vampire Community (if any) and what steps can be taken in the future both as a larger body and individually to proactively address these issues for the betterment of all parties involved.

The Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) would like to thank the 230 respondents to this questionnaire and encourage constructive discussions based on the opinions and ideas offered for review.  Responses were collected by Merticus of the VVC on July 28-29, 2012 and made publicly available to the vampire community on July 30, 2012.  The responses to this questionnaire were solicited from dozens of ‘real vampire’ related websites, groups, forums, mailing lists, and social media outlets and do not necessarily represent the views of the VVC or its members.  The VVC assumes no responsibility over the use, interpretation, or accuracy of responses and claims made by those who chose to participate.  This document may be reproduced and transmitted for non-commercial use without permission provided there are no modifications.
[identity profile] merticus.livejournal.com
Attention Sanguinarian, Psychic, & "Real" Self-Identified Vampi(y)res:

Vampire Community Accountability Questionnaire

http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/accountability.html

The purpose of this questionnaire is to objectively evaluate what issues are adversely affecting the Vampire Community, if any, and what steps can be taken in the future both as a larger body and individually to proactively address these issues for the betterment of all parties involved.  If you have something you'd like to say or suggestions you'd like to make, now is the opportunity for your voice to be heard.

We have received over 170 responses in the past week - if you have not completed your entry please do so ASAP. We will be closing this questionnaire to new responses on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM PT. If the form is not working on your computer/cell, you may alternatively submit your responses via e-mail to VVCNotification@gmail.com. We look forward to compiling your responses in both web/text and PDF format and distributing for review and discussion to the vampire community. If you have an opinion, complaint, gripe, weight to get off your chest, rant, compliment, idea, suggestion, etc. about ANY aspect of the O/VC (Online/Offline/Facebook/Groups/Houses/Meetups/Gatherings/etc.) please take a moment and put it in writing. You can type as much information as you wish in the corresponding fields.

Thank you!
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Trigger warnings: news coverage, phantom limbs, amputation, occult (magic, divination)

Summary: Since last March, I took a vacation from researching for Otherkin News. From time to time, I did bookmark some things that I wanted to write articles about. In short, lately we’ve had: ongoing as well as published academic research of otherkin, wearable cat ears that use brainwave sensors to express your mood, over a dozen new and republished books by the Silver Elves, and a scientific study of a person who had phantom limbs corresponding to body parts that she’d never had.

 

 

In science

 

Phantom limbs: She felt fingers that she’d never had

A study published last February in Neurocase described a woman (“R.N.,” age 57) who had been born with an incomplete right hand. After amputation of this hand at age 18 due to an accident, she developed a “phantom limb:” she felt like her hand was still there. What made this case unusual was that her phantom hand included phantom fingers that she’d never physically had. Her phantom hand was complete with all its fingers.

Initially, her phantom hand felt shortened and painful, but after mirror therapy (a common treatment for phantom limb pain), her phantom hand took on completely normal proportions.[1]

Although this study is not about otherkin or therianthropes, it is of interest to our community. Some otherkin and therianthropes experience phantom sensations of body parts that they’ve never physically had, including tails.

See also: an earlier article on Otherkin News, regarding a study published in the Annals of Neurology about a woman, 64, who developed a supernumerary phantom limb: a third arm.[2]

 

Community research: Survey of furries, therianthropes, and otherkin

The International Anthropomorphic Research Project conducted their Winter 2012 survey of furries, with questions that included otherkin and therianthrope issues, determining the overlap of the three communities. The survey took place online as well as in person at Anthrocon 2012, a furry convention. The survey opened in 2012-03,[3]  and is now closed to further submissions, saying, “A summary of the collected data will be available on this website shortly.”[4]

 

Innovations in technology: the Necomimi

Neurowear, a company specializing in high-tech fashion, recently released the Necomimi. As described in a previous Otherkin News article,[5] the Necomimi is a headband that includes brainwave sensors and a pair of animatronic cat ears. The sensors detect the wearer’s emotional state, and expresses it by moving the cat ears. 

Neurowear released the Necomimi in Japan on 2012-04-28.[6] Neurowear’s official store says that the Necomimi is $99.95 US, but is currently sold out due to overwhelming demand, but they’re taking backorders.[7] Neurowear says they’re planning on releasing new models of the Necomimi with different ear shapes.

Some people have independently created animatronic ears inspired by the Necomimi. On Instructables, a community site where inventors and makers share their ideas, Abetusk tells how to build animatronic cat ears, although these are controlled by a remote, not by EEG.[8]

So far as I know, these inventions were not produced by any participant of the otherkin or therianthrope communities. However, they maybe be of interest to these communities as an example of a way that new technologies can augment the human body.

 

 

New published works

 

New and republished books by the Silver Elves

The Silver Elves, a family of elf people who have been writing about elven issues since the 1970s, and who consider themselves to be part of the otherkin community, have published and republished several books of their writings. During the past few months alone, they’ve released these:

  • The Magical Elven Love Letters, Volume 1 (collected essays and poems from 1979 to 2001) and Volume 2 (from the 1990s) have been republished with new covers in 2012-03. They also published Volume 3, which includes writings from the 1990s and from their move to Hawaii in 2008.
  • The Book of Elven Runes, a handbook for creating and using an original oracle (not Futhark runes) designed by the Silver Elves, was republished in 2012-05.
  • The Elven Book of Changes: A magical interpretation of the I Ching. An elven interpretation of the ancient Chinese oracle. Released 2012-03.
  • The Elven Book of Powers: Using the Tarot for magical wish fulfillment. Released 2012-05-24.
  • The Elven Book of Dreams: A magical oracle of Faerie. A dream symbol interpretation handbook. Released 2012-04.
  • The Book of Elven Magic: The philosophy and enchantments of the Seelie Elves. An elven perspective on spirituality and ceremonial magic. Released 2012-05.
  • What an Elf would do: A magical guide to the manners and etiquette of the Faerie Folk. As summarized by the authors, this is a “view of how elves see and interact with the world of the Normal folk as well as with Otherkind of all sorts. It is designed to help the elfin everywhere to move through the often mysterious cultures of mankind with confidence and ease.” Released 2012-06-02.
  • Arvyndase (Silverspeech): A short course in the magical language of the Silver Elves. A grammar of a constructed language designed by the Silver Elves. Released 2012-05.
  • Caressed by an Elfin Breeze: The poems of Zardoa Silverstar. Approximately 90 poems by Zardoa of the Silver Elves, some from over 30 years ago.
  • Eldafaryn: True tales of magic from the lives of the Silver Elves. “a series of vignettes from the lives of the Silver Elves starting in the present and going back and forth through time describing their lives, their magic, their philosophy and their unique view of the world.”
  • Magic Talks: Being a correspondence between the Silver Elves and the founders of the Elf Queen’s Daughters. Released 2012-06-02. From the summary provided by the authors: “Magic Talks is a collection of letters between the two sisters who are the founders of the Elf Queen's daughters (in 1973), Arwen and Elanor, and the Silver Elves, Zardoa and Silver Flame. This is the first book in a series of Tulku internet correspondence beginning in November of 2011 and ending in February 2012. Arwen and Elanor are also the original publishers of the ‘Magic Elf Letters’ sent out from the Elf Queen’s daughters. They published three letters a week for about three years. In the early 1979 the Silver Elves carried on these letters calling them “The Magical Elven Love Letters” and continued writing and publishing them for the next 30 years…”

 These books by the Silver Elves are important contributions to the history and literature of the otherkin community.


Academic article: Laycock’s “We are spirits of another sort”

A new academic paper all about the otherkin community (and therianthropes as well, under the same word) was published in Nova Religio, a peer-reviewed journal about alternative and new religious movements. The article, “We are spirits of another sort: Ontological rebellion and religious dimensions of the otherkin community,” is by Joseph P. Laycock, Ph.D. 

A regular in the vampire community, Merticus, briefly summarized Laycock’s article.[9] Merticus says the article cites the writings of several participants of the otherkin community.

A regular in the therianthrope community, Citrakāyaḥ (a cheetah) read Laycock’s full article, and then thoroughly covered his responses in “A laycat’s review of ‘We are spirits of another sort.’” He says that Laycock emphasizes that the otherkin movement is not a religion, although it is often spiritual, and in some ways resembles a religion.[10]

 

Media exposure of therianthropes

During 2012-02, the furry news blog, Flayrah, listed several newspaper articles that mentioned therianthropes in addition to furries.[11]

 

New blogs

Birds of a Feather: by and for bird-people, created 2012-02.[12] This blog is full of essays about being therianthropes and otherkin who identify as birds. Authors include Acies (an eagle), Akhila (raven, leopard), GreyGhost (gryphon), Meirya (hawk, phoenix), and Tsu (swan). The blog accepts essays submitted by others.

I’ve seen a lot more otherkin-related blogs created recently, especially those hosted on Tumblr.com, but I’ll have to address them in another post.

 

More?

Due to my hiatus from the otherkin community during the past several months, I’m behind on my reading, and I’ve missed out on a lot. The above list is likely very incomplete. I’m going to need a lot of help filling in all the gaps.

If you or somebody who you know recently created new writing, art, or other creative works about otherkin or therianthropes, then please let me know, so that I can list them here next time. Please feel free to e-mail me about any such new discoveries at any time. That would be very helpful! Thank you!

- O. Scribner


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[identity profile] shiroulv.livejournal.com
Hello,

Wulf Howl is doing a survey regarding therianthropy, in general, and its connection with psychological conditions, abuse/bullying, and a lot more.

We would appreciate it if members of the therianthropy would complete this survey and share it around; it will help us to understand the psychological factors of therianthropy, as well as how prevalent bullying and discrimination are in/against the community.

The survey can be found here:
http://wulfhowl.com/2012-community-survey/

We are accepting responses until November 12th 2012; shortly after, our results will be published.

No personally identifiable information will be present in our published results.

Thank You.
[identity profile] greenreaper.livejournal.com
Over the past half-decade, social researchers have taken surveys at Anthrocon, the world's largest furry convention. This year, the at-con survey was followed up with an online offering of the same survey. Those taking the survey were asked whether they viewed themselves as therians or otherkin (as well as furry or non-furry), and several questions focussed on topics relevant to these two groups.

The results are now in. Because they are quite long (~25 pages), I have prepared a summary of the findings on [livejournal.com profile] flayrah, including a section focusing on the ways in which therians and otherkin were found to be different from those identifying as furry.

The bit I found most interesting was that therians scored furries as higher on a measure of social closeness than other furries did. Apparently therians like us more than we like ourselves! (I will also be keeping the predator/prey bit in mind . . . o_o)

Reposted because I can't tell the difference between "save" and "delete" - apologies!
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Trigger warnings: criticism of otherkin.

I thought that I would post a link list like this every month, but the otherkin community has been so creative recently that I find it hard to keep up! Scarcely any time after my previous link list, I’ve already got a long list of new articles and projects. Maybe I should post a link list here on a weekly basis instead of monthly?


New articles introducing otherkin-related concepts

Cladotherianthropy,” by Pantairin, of Chimera. 2011-07.
A cladotherianthrope is one whose animal side is a generalization of all animals within a taxa, such as an entire genus, rather than a species. A very well-written introduction to the definition and history of this concept.

A short history of soulbonding,” by Tatsuya Rokurou, of the Flatlanders.
This article is written with the assumption that the reader is already familiar with multiplicity. In 2001, the first mention of “soulbonding” (mentally communicating with fictional characters). An overview of this concept’s changing relationship with fan-fiction and multiplicity. The development of related concepts of “muses” and of “otakukin.” How the definition of “soulbonding” changed in 2003, and problems with that definition: it assumes that every soulbonding relationship is the same, which is false in actual practice.


New articles criticizing otherkin, and new responses to criticism

Otherkin troll bingo!” by Tsu. 2011-11-12.
A list of the phrases that people most commonly use to discredit otherkin, followed by a list of short responses from an otherkin correcting misconceptions in all of those. Both parts were created by a bird otherkin.

We are not sick and dangerous, for the record,” by an anonymous otherkin. 2011-10-27.
An otherkin described being otherkin to mental health counselors, and they responded positively. They don’t see it as disassociation, schizophrenia, or anything harmful. It just exists, so the responsible thing to do is to deal with it existing as best possible.

The parable of the were-duck,” by Aura Escher. 2011-08-24.
A vampyre criticizes therians for claiming to be animals, saying that therians are not animals in any real way. Escher expresses the opinion that what therians fool themselves into mistaking for their “animal side” is actually something else which is present in all humans, and not an “animal side” at all.

Confessions of a former otherkin,” by BellaDonna Saberhagen. 2011-11-13.
A personal reflection by a Neo-Pagan who once self-described as fairy, describing how inexperienced Neo-Pagans often initially go through a phase of deluding themselves and one another into believing excessively far-fetched things, including that they are dragons, werewolves, angels, or even gods, who will play a part in the end/transformation of the world. Saberhagen advises the reader to take caution with spirituality, and accept being human.

The skeptical otherkin #3: How inappropriate,” by Feathertail. 2011-11-21.
An otherkin asks, how do we determine whether the use of an idea is cultural appropriation?


Articles on what it's like to be a...?

Motionless claws,” by Citrakāyaḥ. 2011-07.
What it’s like to be a cheetah therianthrope.

Certata: From the blue fleet,” by Earth Listener, of Chimera. 2011-11.
What it’s like to be a blue glaucus sea-slug therian.

Tell me what it is like to be a swangirl,” by Tsu. 2011-11-18.
What it’s like to be a swan.

Untitled (swangirl), by Tsu. 2011-09-06.
On how the human and swan sides get along without clashing. On being autistic and otherkin.


Other new articles
People are only visible when they’re encouraged to speak,” by an anonymous author. 2011-11-12.
The otherkin and therian community mostly limits itself to conversation in English. As a result, we hear less or not at all from people in non-English-speaking parts of the world.

From fictionkin to animalkin,” by Mist Weaver, of the Chimeras. 2011-06.
Written by a fictional animal member of a plural system. Assumes the reader is already familiar with the concepts of fiction-kin, therianthropy, and plurality.

More thoughts about monsters,” by Tsu. 2011-10-17.
On the sacredness of that which is seen as different, strange, wrong, unacceptable, or scary. Whether you are a monster or not, you deserve to exist.

Untitled (mythology), by Tsu. 2011-08-28.
On the value of mythology

The upside-down of grounding,” by Child Of The Fae. 2011-11-15.
The metaphysical anatomy of this Fae otherkin differs from the standard metaphysical anatomy of a human. This creates a challenge when performing metaphysical acts such as “grounding.” Assumes the reader is already familiar with the concepts of metaphysical anatomy, otherkin, and grounding.


New foreign-language articles

Otherkin – dziwactwo czy fantastyczny sposób na życie? (Otherkin – a quirk, or a fantastic way to live?),” by Ewelina Czarnecka. 2011-08-29.
(In Polish.) An introduction to otherkin for outsiders. This polite and not sensationalistic article is in a women’s online magazine, We-Dwoje, which is otherwise mostly about fashion and health.


New art

Otherkin comic, by Drakmanka. 2011-11-13. Very nice.


New Podcast

The Pagan Musings podcast is having a show about otherkin, interviewing three otherkin: “Arthur,” Stormcrow, and Lupa.


New projects

The Beyond Awakening blog focuses on exploring otherkin-related topics that have had relatively little written about them. The latest essay prompt is titled “Challenge: Energetic Health.” Meirya asks otherkin to write about how their metaphysical energetic anatomy differs from that which is defined as “normal and healthy” in most literature on the subject.

Waoterlelie is running a survey, and is asking for otherkin to take a Meyers-Briggs personality test, and then send in their results.


New web-sites

Walking Between Worlds, a collection of essays written by two anonymous Vanir elves: one, an otherkin, the other, her spirit companion.


New blogs

The Other Problems, or, Dear Solace: A secrets and advice Tumblr. Anonymously send in your otherkin-related secrets or pleas for advice. The person running this blog is familiar with both psychology and otherkin, and patiently offers very wise advice to any who ask for it.

It Was Never Perfect But It Was Always Right, an otherkin-inspired work of ongoing fiction that has only just begun.

I Want To Go Home: Send in pictures of places that feel like Home, pictures of places for which your otherkin side feels homesick.

Little Otherkin Things And Problems. Short blurbs summarizing small things that are distinct to otherkin experience, whether joyful or sorrowful.


Other new link round-ups, like this one

Link roundup and some news,” by Meirya. 2011-11-26.
Includes some summaries of how the otherkin community has been changing recently.

Non-human blogs, resources, and projects,” by Tsu. 2011-11-26.


Thank you

Thanks to Earth Listener for telling me about several of these new things. Thanks to Tsu and Meirya for also collecting lists of new links on their blogs. When the otherkin community is so wonderfully creative and active, I appreciate any kind of help for keeping up with the fast pace!

- O. Scribner

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