|copinglink (n., adj.)|
|Other forms||copinglinker (n.), copinglinking (v.)|
|Synonyms||caraa (n., adj.)|
Copinglinks are individuals who identify as a non-human, fictional, or factual being to cope. This identity could be chosen, or it could be involuntary; the important thing is that it is a coping mechanism, not a spiritual or ingrained psychological belief, like otherkin, fictionkin, and factkin.
Individuals may be copinglinks for many different reasons, including:
- Coping with identity issues caused by a mental illness, such as borderline personality disorder,
- Their neurodivergence making one feel as if they aren't human in the same way as those around them, such as autistic and ADHD individuals,
- Reclaiming the lack of humanity pushed onto them by others because of their "lack of love" or similar sentiments, such as aromantics (especially loveless aromantics) and individuals with low/no empathy,
- Or any number of other reasons, as long as it is to cope.
Copinglinking is not a "lesser" or "inferior" version of 'kin, but a similar phenomenon that often shares spaces with kin due to having comparable needs and experiences. It could be compared to the differences between being transgender and being gender non-conforming; the two share similar experiences, and have historically often shared spaces and worked alongside each other, but are separate things and sometimes need separate spaces alongside their shared ones.
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Caraa is an alternative term for copinglink, made for systems who do not want to associate with the larger kin community.
Otherlinks are individuals who identify as a non-human, fictional, or factual being not because of a spiritual or ingrained psychological belief, or as a coping mechanism, but for any other reason; often for fun and/or to express themselves, though not always.
Otherhearted and synpath are terms that refer to having a deep connection/bond with something, such as strongly relating to it, acting like it, or understanding it, but not quite being it; identifying with instead of as something. The two terms are technically synonymous, though in practice, otherhearted is often used to refer to non-human and/or animal connections, while synpath is more commonly used for fictional characters.