The Chimera​s Library

About

General

We are the House of Chimeras. We are a large mixed-origin multiple system of nonhumans who were born in 1989 in western Arkansas. We’re very queer. We label our body as, and thus ourselves as a whole, both transgender and nonbinary. We’re also very pagan though practices and adherence varies among us. We're autistic, and have  dyslexia and dyscalculia.  We’re massive bookworms.

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Our Nonhumanity

Overview - While we know our body is physically human, we [take your pick of words such as: identify as, experience ourselves as, perceive ourselves as being, or believe ourselves to be] nonhuman. It is something intrinsic, integral, and personal about us. All of the members who are part of our multiple system are, to some extent or another, nonhuman (or at the very least, not entirely human) personally even if the body we physically live in is human. A majority of our system are nonhuman animals known to exist or had once existed on Earth. A smaller portion of our nonhuman members are mythical beasts or fictional creatures. Finally, there are a few people in our system who are plants.    

Mental Health – We have talked about our nonhumanity to several mental health professionals over the years. None of those we have seen have taken issue with us viewing ourselves as being non-physically nonhuman. In fact, several of them have actively tried to help find ways of dealing with our species dysphoria. The first time a therapist brought up the term “species dysphoria” on their own was in 2015. While not an official diagnosis, our therapists over the years have helped us as best they can to deal with our species dysphoria. The only thing that has held them back is the lack of resources in the field of psychology on how to treat species dysphoria.

Community History – We learned of the existence of the therian community in August 2003 after the documentary, Animal Imitators premiered. We discovered the online community in March 2006 when we managed to find several therian and otherkin websites. We became active in the online community in November 2007. We are active across the therian otherkin, and fictionkin community as well as general alterhuman spaces.    

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Our  Multiplicity

Overview - Being multiple means we are a group of individuals sharing a body together. While we do share a physical body, we each have our own name, gender, and so on. Being mixed-origin means that our multiplicity has formed due to different factors. Our existence is attributed to a combination of neurological factors connected to our atypical brain chemistry, psychological factors born out of life experiences, spiritual factors brought on by a natural inclination toward several animistic practices, and a few other odds and ends.

Mental Health - In the beginning, our system had issues with blackouts between us, among other issues. In 2009, we began trying to learn how to function together. In November 2010, we received a diagnosis of Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS) from our first therapist with her stating she would have diagnosed us with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) if we hadn’t already overcome our blackouts on our own (and she could only go by our current symptoms). In March 2015 we were reassessed under the DSM-5 and we were found to not meet criteria for DID or OSDD because our symptoms no longer met all the criteria for either. (Both now required symptoms to cause distress, which we didn't experience anymore.) This has not stopped the several mental health professionals we have seen over the years from acknowledging our multiplicity regardless. Over the years, with a lot of work, we have achieved a level of cooperation we are very proud of. 

 Community History - We learned of the plural community in 2006 thanks to references to it in the several therian and otherkin resource websites. After a long winding fight of denial, we accepted our plurality, openly admitted our multiplicity, and began being active in the plural community in 2009.    

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