Am I plantkin?
A longer answer is maybe, as being otherkin is really personal, and being a phytanthrope is an oft-tread area of the otherkin community. I’m not you, I don’t know what you experience on a daily basis. But I can help out a bit. 🙂
Read the articles below to help you a bit. If you still need help, you can visit our links page to find more info, or contact me, Mod Aspen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring your kintype (some of the info in the next mini-article is repeated, by the way):
Pick out a nice journal, but not one that’s too nice. It can be only for your kin stuff if you want. Choose something you’ll like to write in, and a nice pen or pencil.
If you will take it out on hikes or something, you might want to choose a small pocket journal in addition to, or as, your kintype journal.
These go for both physical and digital journals: questions to ask yourself and write down, or mentally note, etc.
You could write in your journal once a week if you’re able, or even more often if you want.
If you can, here are some things that would be maybe be helpful to write about, relating to your suspected or found kintype:
— How you feel in daily life— do you get any kinfeels in your day to day life, and if so, how do they feel? Does it continue all day? Can they somewhat be pushed away, but not completely?
— How do you feel looking at pictures of your kintype, looking at your kintype in real life, doing research on your kintype, etc.?
— Do you unconsciously do or feel anything your kintype might? How does this feel? Do you consciously do or feel anything your kintype might? How does it feel?
— How do you feel out in nature? On the computer? At your school or job, at home? With friends? Basically anywhere. It’s ok if they aren’t too different.
— Why do you think you are otherkin?
For you, it may be a feeling of “I look at this and think ‘ah that’s me’ , something more spiritual or deep, it may because of a psychological quirk, a belief in reincarnation or your soul being one of a nonhuman: it’s totally ok if it’s a combination of those or if you don’t know.
— Kin feelings at any given time can vary strongly, or even fade for a bit to come back (due to mental health things, mood, or what not).
And last but not least, being otherkin is unique for everyone. You don’t have to even write down the answers to any of these questions if you don’t want to.
An innate feeling of seeing something and thinking “hey, that’s me” is enough to be ‘kin. You don’t have to put weeks and weeks of thought into this unless you want to, or unless you are sure you have to.
These questions serve only as a starting guide to figure out if you’re plantkin or not. A helpful glossary is at the end.
A lot of being kin for some people relies on feelings, which is why it’s important you look at what you feel and see what definition best fits you.
It’s also ok for you to not choose one at all if you don’t want to (though if you’re consciously choosing an identity you should really use copinglink to avoid confusion).
Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between you being synpath, otherhearted, or otherkin with something.
Here are some questions you could ask yourself to help you sort things out:
1. How do I feel when I am around this plant? Do I feel as if they are me? Do I feel as if they are very similar to me (like relatives)?
If you are witchcraft inclined there are maybe some spells that could help you. Energy work wise, you could try an energy scan or something similar.
How do you feel by yourself? Do you feel the same way you do around plants, or in a similar way?
2. How long have I felt this way? Is it a very strong feeling, or does it vary somewhat but not go away completely?
3. Have I had a while to reflect on my feelings, meditate, etc.?
4. How do you feel in daily life? Do you experience any phantom/astral limbs (as in branches), bark, leaves, etc.? (it’s ok if you don’t!) Do you have any plant-like modes of thinking or reacting to things? This is elaborated on in the next point.
5. Another thing I’d like to note is that some of being kin may also relate to intrinsic feelings, i.e., ones you can’t get rid of and that come naturally, and some feelings that may feel so primal you may feel ridiculous to voice them or that you may not have the words to express.
Additionally: This isn’t a question, but maybe try owning a plant and taking care of it. See how that makes you feel.
You might want to start writing down how you feel out in nature, inside, during certain weather or weather changes, etc.
I hope this helps someone!
Otherkin: Somone who identifies on a non-physical level (most frequently spiritually or psychologically) as partially or entirely non-human. It is generally used as an umbrella term.
Therian: Someone who identifies on a non-physical level as something which has been proven to exist or have existed on Earth. Generally viewed as a subset of otherkin, though the original community developed independently of it.
Otherhearted means having a strong connection or relation to something, but not as something.
Synpath means having a connection with something, but not as something.
A copinglink is an indentity that is consciously chosen and can be changed at will (unconscious coping that started early and extended over the years usually does not count).
Some terms are paraphrased by info I’ve looked at over the years, while some terms are directly from Page’s FAQ.
I’d like to add that using your kintype to cope and choosing a copinglink are two different things. If you are worried about possibly faking being kin, it’s not possible for you to be faking being kin, unless you’re consciously faking.