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Involuntary Shift:

Involuntary Shifts occur when the person is shocked or something triggers them into a Shift. This normally happens when the person gets hurt, in the canine case they may run around whimpering in pain or howling. A person with a feline theriotype may leap like a cat and hisses when something startles him/her, it is quite silly to watch but interesting at the same time; that is an example of an involuntary shift. Children normally begin to feel involuntary shifts when they are first discovering there therio-type, as they get older they normally have more control over their shifts.

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See also: Therianthropic Shifts


It may occur when they are angered, shocked, or another emotion triggers them into a Shift.  For example, if one is enraged by someone else, their theriotype may show and convert their mind into an animal-like state, making them growl, hiss, etc, and react as their theriotype would.

Association with youth

Children may feel shifts, as they involuntarily have theriotype habits show.  They may not realize it, of course.  This may be the cause of them having extreme animal-like qualities, instead of simple "playing" qualities that most children have just because they're kids.  Once they get older, those qualities may either decrease, or stay as an unnoticed habit.

When it could happen

It can occur at any time and place, if emotions are raised high enough.  Trying to learn to control the involuntary Shifts may be helpful to prevent them from occuring out of your own control.

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