One of the problems which I can percieve occuring in the Otherkin and Were communities- and I'm certain many, many more- is Poserphobia.
Actually, that's not quite accurate. "Poserphobia" would break down as "the fear of posers." As I mean it, it means...
Poserphobia: n. The fear of appearing to be a poser, even though you're telling the truth.
This is more complicated than it looks.
People who have real metaphysical abilities, or just a number of odd experiences, may be a bit resistant to sharing them. I am one of those people. I- and others, I'm certain- do not tell of my abilities or my experiences for the fear of being cast out of the community- the only group availible where I can vent stress caused by my nature. It's a much-needed release.
But what if I were to share some of the more suspect parts of my reality? What if I shared the odd experiences I have?
I don't, because I'd probably get thrown out for it. It a.) sounds too much like what happened to someone else, and b.) is too unbelievable anyway, and the first person was better established in the community or mocked and disbelieved.
So what do I do? I make a few passing remarks here and there, and gauge the reaction. Is it safe for me to express myself, to share the even odder occurances?
I've come up with a rather definitive "no," and I hate it.
I've got a few Private posts- posts which I, and only I, can read. Not many, but a few. And they're all on this type of thing. I gotta put it somewhere.
This is probably a lot more common than would be expected, since people just flat-out don't mention it, even deny it when directly asked.
A few case histories, though, would seem to point otherwise. What about kaijima
who share their metaphysical experiences... sometimes?
Well, look at the names I dropped! They're established in the community. Would you find it likely that either of them would be cast out for such claimes? Especially with evidence and confirmation on their side?DISCLAIMER: Yes, I do think Bax and Kai really have these abilities, and do not consider either of them "posers" in any sense of the word. My use of them as examples is only because they do share their experiences, and they are so well founded in the community.
"But surely," you're saying, "people do share this type of thing? Who would keep it a secret?"kistaro
, for one. thrames
is, from mentions on other posts, another example.
And probably a surprisingly large percentage of others, who still hide their ability or experiences.
But there are more problems than appearing at first. Currently, there's a very real chance of a misaccusation of KPKness (Kosmic Powar Kid) if you share it; but if it becomes acceptable to share such abilities, then people who really are Kozmik Powar Kidz will likely start causing problems- and not get called out for it.
I don't even see a middle ground. But something has to be done...