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Alterhumanity is the state of identifying as something not "normally" considered human in some way. This covers otherkin, otherheartedness, otherlinkers, systems, flickers, vampires and much more. Anyone who feels they fit the label is included.
This carrd is meant to be an informational resource for people who want to learn about alterhumanity and all the different subsections of it, as well as information for alterhumans themselves who want to learn more.
Terminology list put together using the following resources, as well as personal knowledge and input from the community:
House of Chimeras Website
A less human-centric version of alterhuman.
Having an identity that is not strictly human, doesn’t fit the normative human identity or a person that identifies as such.
Describing an event or phenomena that is normal for Alterhumans but not necessarily exclusive to them, e.g. shifting.
The time in which an Alterhuman person discovers their identity. You may have multiple awakenings, though some prefer to only use this term to refer to their initial discovery.
The time or place a fictional character or species originated from. This could be a movie, TV show, book, etc. Used in this context to describe the memories that may or may not come with ones fictional identity, e.g. "In my canon.."
A person with the same identity as you, usually referring to fictional identities.
A state of great unease or dissatisfaction with one's physical species.
A feeling of rightness/pleasure/happiness that one is able to be addressed as/represent/be seen as their species.
A catch-all for traumatic experiences that did not occur in this universe/life.
A life you believe you will have in the future.
A specific location or type of location that a person has a strong emotional connection towards, considering it their 'home', despite not having been raised there.
Inherent knowledge you have about your -type. Includes memories, feelings and general knowledge you may have.
Having an identity that is not fully human in some way.
Ontopunk: Source 2
An aesthetic and ideology focused on embracing different identities and ways of having them, along with the rejection of anthropocentrism.
A life you are currently living in an alternate universe, dimension, etc at the same time as this one.
A life you have had in the past.
A phenomenon in which an alterhumans perception shifts to be more like that of their identity. This is mainly used as an umbrella term for the below shift-types.
A shift in which one travels to the astral plane and experiences having the body of their identity.
A shift in which one's auric field changes to match that of their identity. Many believe that your alterhumanity is always in your aura, therefore it always expresses your identity.
A type of Mental shift in which one completely becomes their identity, often to the point of being unable to comprehend human speech.
A shift in which someone experiences being in another place, possibly another time, as their identity.
A shift that is not of an alterhumans identity.
The state of being the entity you identify as in a dream.
A shift in which one's mental state changes to become more like their identity. This can include becoming more instinctual, or it can include taking on the mentality of a fictotype.
A shift in which one can feel Supernumerary Phantom Limbs.
Supernumerary Phantom Limbs:
Phantom Limbs, sometimes Astral limbs.
Body parts that are perceived by the brain but do not physically exist. When involuntary, they are usually reflective of the persons identity. These are easy to deliberately create, however.
A shift in which ones physical body changes to be more like that of their identity. This is widely believed to be impossible--anyone who claims to be able to do such is met with scepticism. No claims of this ability have been proven.
A shift in which ones senses seemingly change to be closer to that of their alterhuman identity. This can include enhanced or dulled senses.
A shift that is induced voluntarily.
A shift that happens spontaneously, or due to unintentional internal or external stimuli.
A person with an alterhuman identity who does not experience shifts under any condition.
A therian that identifies as a whole clade of animal as opposed to a species. E.g. a cladotherian might be felinekin, including big cats, house cats etc.
A person who identifies on an integral level as a concept, such as songkin or emotionkin. Their validity in the community is widely debated.
A kind of nonshifting otherkin that is constantly shifted, with no variation.
To describe people who identify as Dragons. Most of this old community has merged with the Otherkin community.
A widely disputed identity in which one identifies on an integral level as a living person.
Fictionkinity. Formerly Otakukin.
A person who identifies on an integral level as an entity from fiction. This includes a species, e.g. a Night Fury, or a specific character, e.g. Sonic the Hedgehog.
The fictional being(s) that a Fictionkin identifies as.
Therian gear, Kin Gear.
Items of clothing, accessories, jewellery or something else that is worn to feel closer to their identity or to relieve dysphoria.
A term describing an older member of the furry, otherkin, therian or generally alterhuman communities.
A term used to describe a gathering of Otherkin, Therians and Fictionkin. This term is used by non-wolves as well, while other groups may decide to use a different noise term, e.g. a hiss, a growl etc.
Shortened form of Otherkin, often used as an umbrella term for the Otherkin, Therian and Fictionkin communities. Also used as a suffix to explain one's kintype, e.g. "I am dogkin", meaning that you identify as a dog.
Please note: This is not a verb. You do not 'kin' something.
The mythical creature(s) that an Otherkin identifies as. Also used as an umbrella term for Theriotype, Kintype and Fictotype.
A person who identifies on an integral level as a nonhuman creature not of this world or commonly seen as myths, e.g. Dragons, Fae or Elves. This term is often synonymous with Otherkin.
Someone who is not Otherkin.
A person who identifies on an integral level as an inanimate object of some sort. Usually used by trolls, but some claim to have this identity.
A person who identifies on an integral level as a nonhuman creature not of this world or commonly seen as myths, e.g. Dragons, Fae or Elves. Also used as an umbrella term to describe Otherkin themselves, Fictionkin and Therians. Some choose to use it just as an umbrella term.
A person who identifies on an integral level as an extinct creature.
Phytanthrope, Phytanthropy, Plantkin.
A person who identifies on an integral level as a plant.
A person that has multiple kintypes.
Therianthrope, Therianthropy. Formerly Were.
A person who identifies on an integral level as a 'real' Earthly animal, e.g. a fox, wolf, fish or insect. Therianthropes used to identify as Weres, derived from Werewolf. Some still use this term to express their identity.
A person who identifies on an integral level as a mythical creature e.g. a dragon, but a wild, instinctual or unadvanced one. This identity falls between Therian and Otherkin.
Formerly Phenotype or Wereside. Also Therioside.
The animal(s) that a Therian identifies as. E.g. you identify as a wolf, so your theriotype is a wolf.
A kind of otherkin who constantly experiences their nonhuman side and does not experience shifts. They can, however, experience changes similar to shifts on a sliding scale.
A system members whos age jumps or slides.
Akin to headmate, for traumagenic systems. Calling someone an alter without permission is usually frowned upon.
The human body used to interact with the outside.
Used to describe a headmate that has the role of caring for littles.
The state of two or more system members being conscious at a time.
Used to refer to two or more system members being in the front at a time.
Used to describe a headmate that has the role of comforting the body, system, host, core or other specific headmates or groups of headmates. They can help by aiding emotionally or physically.
Also known as the original, the core is considered by some to be the part first born to the body.
When the fronter is rapidly and repeatedly switched out for another headmate.
A person in possession of a daemon. Daemians are not inherently alterhuman but there is an overlap.
A Thoughtform which serves as a separation/the other half of ones mental dialogue. It takes the form of an animal based on the Daemons personality in relation to animal behaviours.
Formerly MPD. Dissociative Identity Disorder, Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorder
Dissociative disorders that cause a traumagenic system. Some people claim this is the only 'valid' way to have a system.
Many meanings. Detaching from ones surroundings in a multitude of ways. Not a plural only experience.
The state of a headmate being unconscious or dormant. This varies from short-term like 'sleep' to long-term. Some system members go dormant when they are not in the front, while other times dormancy is deliberate.
Endo. Formerly Natural System
A system not formed by trauma. This may be through Soulbonding, Tulpamancy or other means. Used to be referred to as Natural System, but was changed due to implying that Traumagenic systems were unnatural due to their trauma. These systems can have DID/OSDD though, as well as trauma.
A nonhuman member in a system.
A headmate derived from an existing person. In traumagenic systems, may be someone who helped them through the trauma or the person/people who caused it.
A mix between a fictive and a factive.
A headmate from a fictional source.
The act of focusing on and developing a tulpa’s presence or strength by devoting specific attention to them, or otherwise interacting with them.
A fragment is a headmate that is not fully differentiated or developed. Fragments may exist to carry out a single function or to represent a single idea.
The mental space from where a headmate controls the body. When in control, a headmate can be referred to as "fronting" or "in the front". Also used to describe the space outside of the mind, in contrast to Headspace.
A gatekeeper is a headmate who controls switching, access to certain areas inside, or access to certain headmates or memories.
A system with members who can come and go from other worlds, dimensions, etc.
An umbrella term used for many kinds of system members. Ask before calling someone a headmate.
Innerworld, Mindscape, Wonderland.
A shared mental space where system members reside while not in the front. Not all systems have a headspace.
A being within a system who inhabits the front most of the time. Systems can have no or multiple hosts.
Hallucinating the presence of a system member in the outside. Can range from feeling to seeing them.
Used to describe two or more system members combining to form one. Complete integration was once the main goal of 'curing' multiplicity, but as of late has come under scrutiny due to its nature of not being permanent or not working at all. Many equate Integration to death.
Introjects are headmates who are based off of an outside person or figure.
A kintype that became a headmate.
A system member, usually under the age of 10.
Usually used by traumagenic systems but can be used elsewhere. Refers to a system member being unable to remember what occurs while another system member fronts.
Describes any experience between singlet and multiple.
Memory holders are headmates who hold memories that are usually traumatic in nature so that other headmates don't have to deal with them.
Mixed Origin System:
A system whose origin is split between different types of systems.
Describes multiple people within a body.
The original inhabitant of a body before it became plural. Some systems do not have an Original.
Similar to a headspace, a highly detailed inner-world within one's mind.
Two (or more) systems who are very close. Can be platonic.
Headmates who purposefully harm the body, system, host, core, or other headmates, sabotage the system’s goals or healing, or work to assist the system’s abuser(s). Persecutors are often misguided protectors and are not inherently evil.
An umbrella term to describe both Median and Multiples experiences.
A system with many splits and/or fragments, usually 100+.
Shared control of the body. The previous fronter remains connected to the body's senses, but the new one takes a control of a part or of the whole body.
Headmates who protect the body, system, host, specific headmates or groups of headmates.
A system that either doesn't know their origin, doesn't want to disclose their origin, is unsure of their origin, is a mix of traumagenic and endogenic or a system who doesn't want to label their origin.
Used to describe one person inhabiting a body/the lack of a system.
The process by which a system member or singlet splits into two or more. This is usually caused by trauma and it is debated as to whether it is able to be achieved by non-traumagenic systems.
A system within a system.
The act of one system member replacing another in the front.
The act of a headmate moving from one system to another. Highly controversial within the community.
A system formed by trauma, usually (but not always) DID/OSDD.
An entity arriving in a body after birth at some point, usually with memories of living another life. They can join the Original as a headmate or can replace them entirely, resulting in a Singlet Walk-In.
The process of making a thoughtform less conscious over time and fading into nothing. Considered by many to be akin to death and therefore murder if done deliberately.
Mental beings with little or no sentience or autonomy, commonly created by children. A type of thoughtform which may accidentally become a tulpa.
A non-sentient entity within ones mindscape usually created to fulfil a simple task, such as running a hotdog stand. These are usually to make the mindscape more lifelike.
A thoughtform that is non-sentient, often created to perform a specific task.
A term used to describe any manually created headmate, including Tulpas, Daemons and non-sentient entities.
A deliberately created headmate made through forcing over a long period of time.
A person who has created one or more headmates deliberately.
A system made up of tulpas. Also called parogenic to avoid accusations of cultural appropriation.
Soulbonds that can come and leave this world as they please. They can hop from this world back to theirs and back to here, or even go somewhere else.
Soulbonds that have ended up in this world and can’t leave, or choose to stay here.
Used in a plurality context to describe an external entity in which someone has a mental connection.
A person who is connected to one or more soulbonds.
Telephone Bond: Soulbonds that can’t travel through worlds. They stay in their world, you stay in yours, and you can communicate with them through telepathy or other means.
Furries, Furry Fandom
A subculture based around enjoying anthropomorphic (humanoid) animals. Furries are not alterhuman, but some may consider themselves as Alterhuman if they identify as their fursona more than their human body. Includes subsections such as scalies, avians etc.
An anthropomorphic animal character that is usually used to represent it's creator. Some furries identify more with said fursona than their human body which makes some consider themselves as Alterhuman.
A mixture of the furry fandom and the ideologies of Transhumanism and Posthumanism, with aesthetics of cyber and biopunk, among other factors.
The entity someone that is Otherhearted identifies with.
Animalhearted, Fictionhearted, Otherkith, Kith.
A person who identifies with or has a strong empathetic connection to an entity. Commonly described as a family like familiarity.
An entity which someone has a strong empathetic connection to or identifies with. It is debated as to what the difference between having a Synpath and being Otherhearted is.
A usually voluntary identity as an entity fictional, animal or mythical. This identity may be accidental, but requires a conscious effort to attain. This identity is taken on as a way to cope with trauma, everyday life, etc.
The entity an Otherlinker or C'Linker identifies as.
A voluntary identity as an entity fictional, animal or mythical. This identity may be accidental, but requires a conscious effort to attain. Coined to include those who take on voluntary identities for reasons other than coping.
The act of feeding on ones self as a vampire.
A human or alterhuman that consensually feeds Vampires with either energy or blood.
A vampire that feeds on emotions.
The act of feeding on blood or energies, done by vampires.
A vampire that needs to feed on both blood and energy or is able to do both.
Feeds on metaphysical energies of some sort, usually with some sort of emotional connection. All feeding is done consensually and as safely as possible.
Feels the need to consume blood to contain health. All feeding is done consensually and as safely as possible.
An individual who feels the need for blood and/or metaphysical energies in order to maintain proper health and function.
Used to describe someone who trolls or is against the Therian/Otherkin communities.
A character, animal, or mythical being that is not a kintype, but somehow is important and apart of your identity in some way.
A mental illness in which one believes they can transform into or physically are a nonhuman entity.
An identity which is temporarily taken on, usually after consuming media which the identity stems from. This usually ends shortly after related media has stopped being consumed.
Someone who is suspicious or 'fluffy', usually used in Otherkin communities. A 'fluffy' person is commonly a person who makes extraordinary claims such as Physical Shifting. This term is falling out of use.
A person who considers themselves to be a smaller, independent part of a still-extant god.
An orientation for alterhuman people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to other alterhumans or nonhumans. This can mean monsters, aliens, etc.
A specific kind of shapeshifting creature, defined by lack of a 'true' form other than shapeless energy and the habit of subconsciously mimicking the traits of others.
Individuals who believe they originated from other worlds, dimensions, or planets and is currently living as a human. Many Starseed claim they're on a mission to save humanity, though explanations vary.
Sysmed, Anti-endo, Traumascum.
Someone who believes that only trauma can form a system.
An ideology centred around transforming humanity with technology. Transhumanists are not inherently alterhuman, but some people consider themselves alterhuman because of the way this ideology shapes their perception of humanity.
Some nonhumans use this label to denote that they have, will or plan to modify their body to more so reflect their identity, usually in order to alleviate dysphoria. Many explain it as feeling as they are (x species) trapped in a human body.
A term those in the Otherkin communities outside of Tumblr use to speak of a certain type of Otherkin within Tumblr that are overly fluffy and misinformed, who also usually give a bad name to the community. These people are often misinformed C'linkers or roleplayers.
Voidpunk is a subculture for those who often feel rejected or disconnected from humanity, such as asexual or aromantic people, neurodivergent people, nonbinary people, and others often rejected as "subhuman" by society.
A gender that cannot be contained by human understandings of gender, usually relating to animals, plants etc. Often used by nonhumans to describe their experiences of gender.
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This is just a page to log new ideas I have as well as updates to the site. If you have any suggestions for things that aren't listed here to be added already, feel free to contact me.
2nd September 2020
3rd September 2020
Added update log.
Added "terms to add" section.
Alphabetized terms within sections.
25th October 2020
28th October 2020
Bolded and italicized sections.
Past life, Parallel life, Future life, Emotional Vampire
8th January 2021
Added some sources.
Created "Soulbonding" section.
Day-Tripper, Permanent Resident, Telephone Bond
23rd January 2021
Created "thoughtforms" section.
Added some sources.
Gateway System, Servitor, Partner Systems, Noema, Exotrauma, Ontopunk, Species Euphoria, Paracosm, Voidpunk, Kinform, Double, Polyfragmented, Polyfractured, System Gatekeeper
2nd March 2021
28th March 2021
Revamped site layout.
Added navigation section.
Added FAQ section.
5th April 2021
Updated FAQ section.
8th April 2021
Updated FAQ section.
9th April 2021
Some minor mistakes fixed.
21st August 2021
Plurality FAQ updated.
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FAQ page - (In progress)
"What Alterhumanity Is and Isn't"
Frequently asked questions about alterhumanity. Other sections of the FAQ can be accessed by pressing the buttons.
What is alterhumanity?
As stated on the homepage, alterhumanity is the state of identifying as something not "normally" considered human in some way. This covers otherkin, otherheartedness, otherlinkers, systems, flickers, vampires and much more. Anyone who feels they fit the label is included.
As mentioned, there are many subsections of alterhumanity and not everyone's experiences with it will be the same. Because alterhumanity is such a broad category, asking an alterhuman about their experiences, if they're willing to share, is usually the best way to go about learning.
What's it like to be alterhuman?
Because alterhumanity is such a broad subject, it's hard to answer a question like this. Generally, alterhumans of all kinds live life just like humans do--go to work/school, hang out with family and friends, etc. We're all in human bodies, even if we identify as nonhuman, and we act accordingly. If you'd like a more in-depth answer, try asking an alterhuman individual about their experiences with their personal alterhumanity.
Can I be alterhuman?
There's a few ways you can voluntarily become alterhuman. You can otherlink a being such as an animal or fictional character to become an otherlinker, or you can make a system through soulbonding or tulpas.
It's recommended that you learn a lot about what you want to become before you decide to try and be alterhuman in any way--some things (such as tulpas) are life-long commitments that you'll need to live with, while others (such as otherlinking) can be temporary.
Are all alterhumans nonhuman?
Not all alterhumans identify as nonhuman. Some may identify as part-human, while others could identify as human plus something else, or they could identify as human in a "strange" way. You definitely don't need to be nonhuman in order to fall under this umbrella.
Is alterhumanity LGBT+?
Sometimes, mainly in the case of xenogenders and medusans, though it isn't inherently LGBT+. A persons sexuality and gender identity can definitely be impacted by their alterhumanity, though alterhumanity in and of itself isn't LGBT+ in a lot of cases.
What's a shift?
Shifting is the experience of becoming closer to your alterhuman identity (kintype, hearttype, linktype etc) in some way. There's a lot of types of shifting, including phantom, mental and dream shifts, which are further explained in the terminology section of the carrd. Shifts can happen involuntarily due to triggers, or can happen voluntarily. Not every alterhuman experiences shifts, and they're by no means required to be alterhuman.
What is otherkin?
Otherkin is the state of identifying as something nonhuman, whether it be an animal, mythological creature, or fictional character. This identity is involuntary, or sometimes quoiluntary. The entity an otherkin identifies as is called a kintype.
Why do people think they're otherkin?
There's a lot of reasons for this, ranging from spiritual to psychological, with some other explanations as well. Some of the more common explanations include:
Past lives/reincarnationImprintingParallel livesNeurodiversityMisplaced soulsSinglet walk-ins
Explanations for otherkinity aren't limited to these, and explanations for why someone is otherkin aren't required to be otherkin.
Can I become otherkin?
Not voluntarily, though you can definitely otherlink something (see otherlinking section of the FAQ).
What's the difference between otherkin, fictionkin and therian?
A therian identifies as an earthly animal (dog, cat, bird, etc), an otherkin identifies as a mythological creature (though is sometimes used as an umbrella term for all three), and a fictionkin identifies as a fictional being.
What is being otherhearted?
Being otherhearted is a strong identification with (not as) an entity such as an animal, fictional character, place (also called a hearthome), or mythological being. The being an otherhearted person identifies with is called a hearttype.
What does "identify with" mean?
"Identifying with" means having a strong connection to something, in some way, but not being that thing. This can mean feeling a familial connection, or a strong desire to be that thing, or a feeling that you should be that thing. This is different from identifying as something, because otherhearted individuals don't believe they are in any way their hearttypes.
Why do you have these identities?
Otherhearted individuals may have different explanations for why they heave hearttypes, and some might not have any at all (which is normal too). Some common explanations include (but are not limited to):
Reincarnation (and being connected to that past life)Special interests/hyperfixations
Some also believe you can choose to be otherhearted, though that's debated in the community.
Is this another form of Otherkin or Otherlinking?
No, because an otherhearted individual doesn't identify as their hearttype(s).
What is a system?
A system is multiple people in a body. Different people can take control of the body, or "front" at different times.
Why/how does plurality exist?
Plurality can have many causes, including disorders (DID, OSDD), spirituality (soulbonding) or other psychological reasons (tulpas, "just born that way"). Most plurals will have different explanations for why they're a system.
How do I act around a system?
The same way you'd act around any other person. Treat them with respect and respect their boundaries. Don't pester them to ask who is fronting if they don't want to tell you and definitely don't out them as a system to anyone else without permission.
Also remember that regardless of what a systemmate is, don't treat them any differently than you would a normal person. Even if they're a fictional character, they're a living being and deserve to be treated with respect, not as a character.
Can system members be different ages/genders?
Yes, and they often are. Headmates can be different ages, genders, have different orientations and even be a completely different species from the body. They can also be fictional characters, mythical creatures and essentially anything else!
What is the difference between plurality and multiplicity?
Plural is the umbrella term for median and multiple. Multiple is the experience of having multiple people in a body, while median covers any experience between multiple and singlet (not a system).
Can I become plural?
Yes, but it's highly recommended that you do a lot of research on systems and system experiences before you make one. Systems are generally lifelong commitments. Before you make a system, you need to realize that you will be sharing your body with one or more individuals for what is likely to be forever. System members are people and they have needs. If you're not ready to fulfil those potential needs, you're not ready to be a system.
Systems might sound fun, and sometimes they are, but you need to think about:
Your privacy.Body sharing/sharing the front.The possibility that your headmate might make or bring in another system member, or more.A potential systemmates wants and desires.The potential for a systemmate to be different from what you expected.The possibility for a systemmate to not like you.
What are fictives and factives?
A fictive (also called fictional introject) is a member of a system who is based on and usually identifies as a fictional character. Similarly, a factive (also called an introject) is a member of a system who is based on and usually identifies as an existing person from this world.
Why do some systems have fictives/factives?
Fictives/factives can end up in systems for a variety of reasons. Fictives/factives can form due to their source being a comfort show/book/etc, they can form due to hyperfixations/special interests and they can form from trauma, to name a few things. They can also be intentionally brought into a system through methods such as soulbonding.
How many fictives/factives can a system have?
There’s no real limit to how many a system can have. Systems can range from having only one or two to having 50 or more, depending on system size and how their system works. Having many fictives or factives would be called being fictive-heavy or factive-heavy respectively.
Are all fictives/factives exactly the same as the character/person they are a fictive/factive of?
No. Fictives/factives can be canon divergent, which means that they diverge or are different from their source counterpart. This can range from minor differences from their source to being extremely different, including appearance changes, personality changes, story changes, gender changes and much more.
I’m a big fan of x character/person! How do I interact with a fictive/factive of them?
Don’t assume they want to be treated as the character/person they identify as, and certainly don’t treat them like they’re famous. Don’t speak about their source life like you know what happened to them or what they did in their memories, and definitely don’t bring up anything that could have been stressful to them from their source. Chances are if you go up to a fictive/factive and treat them just like their source, they’ll be creeped out. They’re a person, just like you, with thoughts and feelings. You haven’t met them yet, even if you know their source. Treat them like they’re just another person, because they are.
I really don’t like the character/person a fictive/factive identifies as… What do I do?
You need to recognise that this person, while they may identify as the character/person you don’t like, is not that exact being. Even if they’re hardly different from their source, most fictives/factives don’t want to be treated as their source counterpart. As stated earlier, they’re a person, just like you, with thoughts and feelings. You haven’t met them yet, even if you know their source. Treat them like they’re just another person, because they are.
What are fogtives, fuzztives and fucktives/faitives?
A fogtive is when you’re a factive, plus something else, such as a nonhuman headmate. A fuzztive is the fictive equivalent of fogtive, meaning someone who is a fictive plus something else. A fucktive/faitive is someone who is both a fictive and a factive, or a mix of the two.
What's a vampire?
How is that different from being vampirekin?
What is xenogender?
What's a godshard?
What's the difference between a godshard and godkin?
What's a starseed?
What's the difference between a starseed and alienkin?