also something that I believe the new-generation otherkin and fictionkin communities really need to understand - not just understand, but really take in and critically examine and analyse - is that feeling a deep connection to something does not necessarily make that thing your kintype
for example, I have an incredibly deep spiritual identification with the ocean - something that I couldn’t possibly explain in words, but I will try to elucidate it with the fact that whenever I feel a longing for “home”, or think of what that word means to me, I automatically, without thought, default to the sea. and yet, I do not claim to be seakin or oceankin.
Identifying WITH something is very different to identifying AS something.
in particular I feel this applies to fictionkin who identify as specific fictional characters - in almost every case, I could guarantee you that the people in question do not, actually, identify as that character, but have in fact misinterpreted their feelings of deep connection and empathy with that character, so instead identify WITH that character. again, for a personal example, the pokemon Lugia holds an immense emotional and spiritual meaning to me, in no small part due to the aforesaid connection to the ocean, but I do not identify as Lugia.
I mean this in no malicious way and anyone who chooses to interpret it as so is welcome to their opinion. I am welcome to ignore said people as they will have completely misinterpreted my words. I mean this only in the most sincere desire to help people who are new to the kin community.
Please, research kin on sites and locations outside of tumblr before you draw conclusions. Really examine your relationship to something; honestly, critically. Be harsh with yourself. Do you completely and honestly believe that you are that character in soul, or do you instead identify with that character because of their behaviours and other factors that appeal to you?
This is all I ask.
Another thing that is very much worth noting is that fictionkin and otherkin are two very distinct subsets of the kin community. Fictionkin evolved independently to otherkin, as well as more recently. Please do not compare the two as if they are the same.
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