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For those of you who have special interests, are they ever related to your kintype?

 

Inversely, has your kintype ever been affected by a special (or just passionate) interest?

 

 

 

 

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My answer:

 

I find that usually, my interests seem to be totally unrelated to kintype. Though I expect I am drawn toward certain things, without knowing why. Maybe it’s kin-related and I’m not even aware of it.🤯

 

 

I don’t recall if I have found any kintypes directly through the interests. I know I’ve gotten… cameo shifts? from some things I’m super interested in (e.g. — temporarily behaving/feeling like characters from a game or movie). Unfortunately, I spend a lot of time in between special interests, and airing for a new one to come along. (Maybe it’s depression!)🌈

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not a special interest, but i had a hyperfixation on fe13 (fire emblem: awakening) and i identified with male robin a LOT. because his default look has white hair, it definitely influenced how i drew myself in both human and nonhuman form (and this was long before i realized i even was nonhuman). i still would be a snow leopard either way, but my connection to white hair/fur is rooted in fe13 and m!robin.

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I took up drawing shortly before I awakened, I suspect influenced extremely strongly by my kintype. The primary thing I wanted to draw, constantly, with no exceptions, was dragons. It was in the process of exploring new ways and new poses to draw dragons in that I experienced my first shift. I think my mind was preparing for this breakthrough, and so I latched onto a way to express myself as I awakened.

 

I would say my desire to become a pilot has also been influenced by my kintype. All humans, even those with a fear of heights and a fear of airplanes, often dream of flying. Yet most of them are relatively content to be on the ground. I am not. Sometimes, when my mental shifts are really strong, standing on the ground and looking up at the sky, knowing my wings are only phantoms and cannot carry me, is torment. The pandemic has put a pause on my pursuit of taking flying lessons, but it has not stopped me from planning to do so one day.

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not a special interest, but i had a hyperfixation on fe13 (fire emblem: awakening) and i identified with male robin a LOT. because his default look has white hair, it definitely influenced how i drew myself in both human and nonhuman form (and this was long before i realized i even was nonhuman). i still would be a snow leopard either way, but my connection to white hair/fur is rooted in fe13 and m!robin.

Wait… Are hyperfixations and special interests different things??

I’ve been trying to figure it out since I read your reply. (I want to be able to use the right words for the right things!)

 

(Also, does m!robin mean the masculine robin?)

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hyperfixations and special interests are different, yeah!

special interests are usually interests that last for quite a while and usually is described as something you have a lot of knowledge of / passion for. one of my special interests is the show how i met your mother, which i endlessly hate yet love. i know WAY too much about the characters and lore of the show, and even when im hyperfixated on something else, can almost always recall information about it.

 

a hyperfixation is something that is usually more short lived, as it is the main focus of your thoughts essentially. for me, im hyperfixated on the persona series. sometimes hyperfixations can last for only a day or two, a few weeks, or can span a couple of months. the difference (to me) between a hyperfixation and a special interest is how much it sticks in your life and thoughts. another special interest of mine is music, and it is always a constant throughout my life. any of my hyperfixations could not compete against my special interest in music, because music is so central to my identity and how i perceive the world.

hyperfixations can become special interests as well, and vise versa.

 

(m!robin means male robin, so yes)

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I took up drawing shortly before I awakened, I suspect influenced extremely strongly by my kintype. The primary thing I wanted to draw, constantly, with no exceptions, was dragons. It was in the process of exploring new ways and new poses to draw dragons in that I experienced my first shift. I think my mind was preparing for this breakthrough, and so I latched onto a way to express myself as I awakened.

 

I would say my desire to become a pilot has also been influenced by my kintype. All humans, even those with a fear of heights and a fear of airplanes, often dream of flying. Yet most of them are relatively content to be on the ground. I am not. Sometimes, when my mental shifts are really strong, standing on the ground and looking up at the sky, knowing my wings are only phantoms and cannot carry me, is torment. The pandemic has put a pause on my pursuit of taking flying lessons, but it has not stopped me from planning to do so one day.

 

Ohh… you’re a bit like me…!

(“Hashtag: relatable,” if you will. 😛)

 

I read your profile’s “about” information, and the awakening experience you describe there sounds lovely, especially to find out that the dragon parent/guardian had been watching over you the whole time.🥰

 

My biggest issue is with not being able to fly! I know I can, I know how to, but then I try, and… I can’t. Only in dreams while sleeping.😞

It’s so sad, and so frustrating, when I can’t fly up to a high place, or retrieve something out of ground reach, or simply “swim” around in the air, and soar long distances, high above the trees…😢

 

Dragons are the creature that I am the most like, especially the dragon Toothless from How to Train your Dragon—that’s one of the most “me” creatures I’ve seen out there so far.

I also love drawing! And drawing dragons! Do you have any art of your dragon here besides your profile picture? (If so, I’d love to see it! If not, would you like it if I tried drawing you, the dragon?🥺👉👈)

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Ohh… you’re a bit like me…!

(“Hashtag: relatable,” if you will. 😛)

 

I read your profile’s “about” information, and the awakening experience you describe there sounds lovely, especially to find out that the dragon parent/guardian had been watching over you the whole time.🥰

 

My biggest issue is with not being able to fly! I know I can, I know how to, but then I try, and… I can’t. Only in dreams while sleeping.😞

It’s so sad, and so frustrating, when I can’t fly up to a high place, or retrieve something out of ground reach, or simply “swim” around in the air, and soar long distances, high above the trees…😢

 

Dragons are the creature that I am the most like, especially the dragon Toothless from How to Train your Dragon—that’s one of the most “me” creatures I’ve seen out there so far.

I also love drawing! And drawing dragons! Do you have any art of your dragon here besides your profile picture? (If so, I’d love to see it! If not, would you like it if I tried drawing you, the dragon?🥺👉👈)

Wow, we are quite a lot alike actually! I read your profile's "about" section as well. Amazing how in such a varied community, two people could have so many experiences in common!

 

I know exactly what you mean about not being able to fly being frustrating! Knowing that something I want to see or pick up is simply out of my reach when a vocal part of me screams no we can go do that, just use our wings! is so incredibly frustrating.

I don't get a whole lot of flying dreams anymore. I used to early on, but they've waned over the years. Thankfully I have a very strong imagination and can use my headspace to return to my dragon form and fly around. It helps a lot, and I suspect that's the reason I don't dream of flying as much as I used to since I spend a lot of time daydreaming it instead.

 

I've always identified with Toothless as well! The way he flies, and even the way he moves and expresses himself in general, feel so familiar. Most dragons of my species were actually a lot like Toothless, very bouncy and expressive. The humanoid peoples who inhabited my planet called a group of dragons "a frolic of dragons" for good reason lol

 

That is awesome you enjoy drawing! I do have some art on here that I posted on another thread. Here it is! And if you have a desire to draw my kinself, feel free! I love seeing other people's take on what I looked like.

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Idk if it's a special interest or not (probably isn't but idk) but I do have an interest in computer science and one of my hobbies are game development. Which could easily have a tie to my kintype which well is a Virtual/Digital Shapeshifter.

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The specialist interests I hold, rather one could say my areas of expertise and knowledge, above all else very much play into and back from what it is I am. My life revolves around nature, to the point it has made me a naturalist of the world and one who partakes deeply in the spiritual elements of nature as much as I do the mundane, scientific angle. When I strike out to go do things in the world around me and live as a part of them, no longer apart, it is a habit of mine to invest all I am into that effort. It is why when I do conservation and why when I do education on the nature of wildlife or the care of exotic species and carnivores, there is a strong bass note that carries throughout the whole of the chord's note; it is not that I just feel obligated to do these things because of what people do, rather that I am no different from them, not truly at least. The lone difference between them and I is that they are simply in another life, as am I in another all my own.

 

It is so the case then that I do these things not just to be compassionate or rigorous so as to live up to my mantle of being a scientist formally schooled in these matters, it is because they are directly related to me. The true self that is, the being of myself and in of myself. Could it not be more poignant than the dead serving the living? Of course, they are not me and I am not them, as I am neither tiger nor lion, neither am I a bear or wolf, or anything of that variety as all that I am is very dead. But it is the case they needn't be and they needn't continue to exist in a world where travesty by the hands of man reaps them; it is one thing to have one's grain of sand slip from the hourglass of evolutionary time and to fade into the past, it is another to have it taken away. Indeed, so is it true that all that which has lived on this planet has died, and more of what has died exists rather more than that has lived. Yet why resign myself and stoop down to accepting that it must be accelerated for nameless "progress"? "Progress" to where? Who is "progress" for?

 

No, as one who knows the inner life animal, there is no real avoiding this. Just as it is the case my special interests so too hail from my martial background. One does not learn to counteract a man until he understands him; no predator can hunt its game if it does not appreciate that which it can and cannot do. One does not don the mantle of a hunter, not really, until they know what it is to hunt. What feline manages this without being first taught? It has been the case that my conditioning to conflict and the horrors of man has only given me the tools to do the work I do. I know that I not just have my claws and fangs, I know well what I can do with them. It is not that I can just see, smell, hear, taste, or feel, it is that I know what to orient myself in these things. I know that a weapon, be it the khukuri knife or a rifle is just an extension of me, not a tool.

 

But so too could I never be these things without the pervasiveness of the primeval way within. I know this to be true because I spent so much time earlier in life attempting to distance myself from myself. I tried to live the life of what it meant to be a "good human" and "a person", most of all "normal", phrases I am not particularly fond of. I had a talent for mechanical things, even those electronic or computer and beyond, and I orchestrated my life - along with my rebuttal to belief and an adherence to logos above all, foolish as that was - around it. Yet really it was nothing more than me chasing away what little of a tail I have. One who has never faced a particularly bold great cat fails to know that it cannot be chased off; it does the hunting of oneself, not the other way around, and one can follow it to the ends of the earth but never find it, even the greatest in Corbett knew this.

 

As a result, all I am made up truly of, my "special interests" all come from one place, my "type". I am deeply steeped in my belief even now based upon it, because there is nothing else - there can be nothing else.

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My special interest is zoology, and it definitely helped the research process out. I’m not sure if it’s influenced my theriotype specifically in any way, however. I’ve always been interested in and seen myself in animals so maybe that’s why the therian community resonated with me at first, but I wouldn’t say it really had anything to do with my theriotype since I didn’t love or know much about big cats before I identified as one.

 

I’d say my nonhumanity is likely influenced by my interest in ornithology, being a vulture-like monster and all. Though that isn’t exactly a kintype.

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