Therians are otherkin who have a connection to a certain animal in belief that their soul is that certain animal. They practice P-Shifting and M-Shifting. P-shifting is when they try to connect to any phantom limbs they might have to seem more like the animal their soul is. This is NOT physical shifting. M-shifting is when they attempt to go into a state of their kintype. They may end up behaving like an animal or seem completely human. This helps them get closer to their kintype and understand more.
When it comes to personality, therians are just like any normal human being. They understand they will be looked at differently from other people because of what they call themselves, but it's just a type of spirituality. They walk, talk, and act like anyone else. They aren't connected to animals as most people might think, and their relationship with their type only derives from their soul.
Therian types are categorized as any living or extinct animal that has once or still exists on Earth. Although wolves and felines are more common, they are not the only types. They are common due to the close connectivity that humans and these types have had with each other throughout history.
Therians often experience shifts of which there are many types:
- 1. Phantom shifts: These shifts are when the person can feel their phantom limbs as if they were solid and physical. This makes them feel more like their kintype.
- 2. Mental shifts: Where the shifter takes on a mentality of the kintype, but do not completely act like them.
- 3. Dream shifts: These shifts involve vivid dreams of being their kintype.
- 4. Auric shifts: When the individual's aura or subtle body may shift or change to resemble that of their therioside.
It is often thought that furries and therians are the same. This is almost entirely false. therianthropy is a spirituality or an identity.