Animal-hearted: when a person identifies as human but has a strong "connection with" or feels a "relation with" an animal. The term was coined on The Daemon Forum. It's definition was clarified by a member named Teddy on October 26, 2009.[1]

"I identify WITH wolves." does not have the same meaning as "I identify AS a wolf." Being a Therian is more than "really liking" an animal. Liking a creature a lot does not equal an identity as that creature. Some people may use the term Kith. The equivalent term in the Otherkin community is Other-hearted.

To use the term correctly, a person who feels close to deer would say, "I am deer-hearted."

There is a thread on AHWW from January 15, 1997 in which someone who claimed to "ABSOULUTLY ADORE WEREWOLVES AND WOLVES" asked if they were "wolfhearted". [2] The term animal-heart was discussed more thoroughly and came into common use between 2009 and 2010. [3]

Further Reading

The Daemon Forum -

Mossland "Animal-hearted Links" March 15, 2018 (Archived Page )

Mossland "Common Themes in the Early Animal-hearted Scene" January 26, 2018 (Archived at )

[Something]-hearted vs Therian, Werelist, March 14, 2010.


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