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A therian is someone who identifies as a non human earthen animal either spiritually or psychologically.

Therian is short for therianthropy or therianthrope. Theri= animal, anthro=man. Therians can have "shifts" but not all do. All therians understand that they cannot physically shift and are not physically an animal, they know they are physically human.

Therians are a category that fall under otherkin. Otherkin is anyone who identifies as non human. This includes therians, mythkin, fictionkin, plankin, etc. Not all therians are spiritual, some are psychological and not all therians have a connection with their theriotype.
Her theriotype is a rabbit.

He psychologically identifies as a hawk.

She spiritually identifies as a fish.

Lucy is a therian.
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Short for therianthrope a therian is somebody who feels a connection with an animal. Not necessarily an animal from this plane either, although most accepted therians tend to be animals such as wolves or big cats there are some who believe themselves to be unicorns or other mythical creatures.
The connection the person feels with the animal can range from feeling they have been born into the wrong body (similar to those with gender issues) to simply a belief that they were an animal in a past life and still retain some memories or behaviours of said animal.
Therians do not physically become the animal they have a connection with, although some do describe "mental shifts" where they feel their whole thought process becomes that of the animals.
Therians are not to be confused with the Furry fandom who have a completely different relationship with animals.....
Her therian nature came to the fore.
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A person who feels that they have a spiritual connection to animals. Also referred to as a wereor therianthrope. Not to be mistaken for clinical lycanthropy.
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Short for therianthrope. Generally used so you don't have to type out the aforementioned long word.
I am a feline therian, and my specific phenotype is leopard.
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A member of either the identity group or the contemporary subculture of therianthropy / therianism, which is based on a psychological or sometimes spiritual identification with animals.
Julie is a cat therian, she acts just like a cat.
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A Therian, short for Therianthrope or Therianthropy, is someone, most commonly a human, who feels a spiritual connection with an animal that is not a Homo sapiens. The most common animals in the Therian communities are felines, canines/vulpines/lupines, equines, etc. Sometimes, though, there are Therians who claim to be connected to an animal that does not reside on the Earth. For an example, a unicorn or dragon. These are more commonly called Otherkin Therians.

Despite the usual Therian wearing either animal, real or not, tails and/or ears, they should not be mistaken for furries, as they are completely different to each other.

Therians, or Therianthropes, are able to 'shift', as well, although not all can. It has been discovered that there are eight different kind of shifts that a Therian is able to do. Minus 'physical shifting', which is scientifically impossible. These eight shifts are...

1. Mental Shifting

2. Phantom Shifting

3. Dream Shifting

4. Cameo Shifting

5. Astral Shifting

6. Sensory Shift

7. Bi-location Shifting

8. Aura Shifting

There are also many types of Therians as well, more specifically, 6 types.

If you'd like to know more about therians, please go here: www.therian-guide.com/index.php/1-home.html
Daisy is a cat therian.

I am a therianthrope and my therio-type is a Canadian grey-wolf.

Hunter feels spiritually connected to horses, due to him being a therian.
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A person with a stong connection to an animal and believes that they are that animal.
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