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Alterhumanity

Alterhuman:
Someone with an identity that goes beyond "normal" humanity.

Otherhearted:
Someone who identifies with, but not as, a nonhuman or fictional entity. This might feel like having a deep connection to them, feeling as though they are family, seeing yourself in them, or otherwise relating to them without feeling you are one inside.
The species an otherhearted person relates to is called their kithtype or hearttype.
The word fictionhearted refers to this sort of connection with a fictional character or species.
'Hearted individuals are also known as synpaths.

Otherkin:
Someone who identifies as not entirely human. Otherkin know that their body is human, but they do not feel like they are human inside. The species or character someone identifies as is their kintype. It is possible to have multiple kintypes.
Being otherkin is not consciously chosen. Chosen identities are called otherlinks instead. If a person otherlinks to cope with something, it's called a copinglink.

Plurality:
Having more than one self in the same brain/body. There are many different experiences of plurality, but they are all united by being "more than one." Sometimes called multiplicity.
You can read a more in-depth definition of plurality here.

Soulbond:
A fictional character that someone has a mental link to. Some soulbonders share their body with their soulbonds like a plural group, while others do not share their body and only have a mental link to the character.
More information on soulbonding can be found here (note: you will want an ad blocker because there's a poorly-placed banner ad on this site. uBlock Origin is great.).

Therianthropy:
An identity as an animal that can be found on Earth. This identity is not voluntary. An individual with this identity is called a therian. Therianthropy is not a mental disorder, and it's distinct from clinical lycanthropy because the individual recognizes that their body is human.
The label of were is an older term for this community and is sometimes still used.


Plurality

Alters:
The clinical term for system members.

Blurring / Blending:
A state in which it's hard to tell who's fronting.

Co-conscious:
When more than one member of a system is conscious at the same time.

DID and OSDD:
Some systems have a hard time with daily life because of their plurality. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) are medical diagnoses for these systems.
DID can be diagnosed when a system of distinct people experiences amnesia and distress. OSDD can be diagnosed when the criteria for another dissociative disorder aren't quite met. Not all systems have DID or OSDD.

Dissociation:
A disconnect in a person's mind. Things that can be disconnected from include thoughts, feelings, memories, identity, and the world.
Most people have harmless dissociative experiences. For example, daydreaming involves disconnecting from the outside world. If dissociation becomes a problem, than dissociative disorders might be relevant.

Dormancy:
A state in which a system member is unreachable by the rest of their system, does not front, and appears to be comatose or absent.

Elaboration:
How developed a system member's identity is. A part with a more developed sense of self is more elaborated. A less elaborated part may not see themselves as a separate person at all.

Emancipation:
How separated a system member is from others in the system. Too much emancipation can cause communication problems or amnesia, but some emancipation is needed to be a separate person.

Fragment:
A system member that's not very elaborated.

Fronting:
Controlling the body. Being "in front" means being in control.
When multiple system members are fronting, they are co-fronting.

Headmates:
A non-clinical term for system members.

Headspace:
A persistent space within someone's mind. This is also called an inner world.
It's helpful to think of headspace as what the inside of your head looks like. Because every brain is different, there's a lot of variety. It's possible to have multiple headspaces, sentient headspaces, non-visual headspaces, and more.

Integration:
Any process that puts information together. For systems, this usually means improving memory sharing and communication, increasing co-consciousness, and processing trauma.
A specific kind of integration is called fusion. Fusion is when two or more members of a system merge together. When fusion happens, system members don't go away or die. They become part of someone else in the system and will still be there.
Fusing together all members of a system into one person is called final fusion.

Introject:
A system member based off an outside source. For example, a system member that is based off Superman is an introject of that character.
The person or media that an introject comes from is called their source.

Littles:
Children in a system. Can also refer to age regressors.

Median:
Any experience that does not fit under multiple or singlet.

Multiple:
A system where the members are two or more separate people.

NPC:
A nonsentient entity in headspace.

Parts:
Members of a system or aspects of oneself.

Singlet:
Someone who has only one person in their brain; a person that is not plural.

Singletsona:
A persona or mask used by a system to pretend that they are a singlet. This is often for safety reasons.

Splitting:
When a new system member is created because of stress or trauma.
When not created by stress or trauma, this is called forming.

Subsystem:
A system within a system.

Switching:
Changing who is in control of the body.

System:
A group of individuals in one body.

Thoughtform:
An intentionally created mental entity.

Tulpamancy:
The practice of intentionally creating a system member.
This word is argued over because it has the same name as a Buddhist practice. The term parogenesis was created to try to stop the fighting, but attempts to change the word to something other than "tulpamancy" have been strongly disliked by those who use it.


Other Community Terms

Internal Family Systems (IFS):
A therapy model based on all people having parts. These parts are forced into unpleasant roles when bad things happen, and working with these parts to change their roles can help people. IFS also claims that there is a larger Self that should lead the parts.
IFS is sometimes used to work with disordered systems, but it's more often used for singlets.

Paracosm:
A detailed imaginary world that has been developed by daydreaming. They're semi-common in writers, immersive daydreamers, and maladaptive daydreamers.

Relationship Anarchy:
The idea that relationships don't have to look a certain way. You can decide what it means to be friends, partners, etc. Friends can hold hands and cuddle without it being romantic. You can have more than one partner as long as everyone consents. It's the "choose your own adventure" of relationships.

Voidpunk:
A lot of minorities are treated as lesser or not human. Voidpunk is a response to this. Instead of trying to become more human to other people, voidpunks reject humanity and embrace nonhumanity. It can be summarized as "Alright then, I'm not human. So what?"
This is separate from being otherkin or otherlinking, as the person may not actually be another species. Voidpunk is primarily a rejection of humanity rather than an identity as something else.