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GLOSSARY

please note that this is far from an exhaustive glossary of terms; i'm only defining ones that may show up on this site.

alterhuman: a person who identifies outside of the usual, socially-accepted idea of "human."

dysphoria: a state of unease or distress. some alterhumans experience species dysphoria.

fictionkin: a person who identifies with/as something/someone fictional. the identity can be as a specific character or as a member of a fictional race or species.

(other-, fiction-, animal-)hearted: an identity often described as identifying with something, as opposed to otherkin where you identify as it.

nonhuman: used interchangably; refers to both literal nonhuman animals and to nonhuman identity in an "umbrella term" sort of way.

otherkin: a person who identifies as something nonhuman.

shifting: a state in which someone feels that they are more in the mindset of their kintype than usual.

therianthrope: a person who identifies in some way as an earthly animal.

transspecies: a label sometimes adopted by alterhuman folk, especially ones who experience dyspohria.