|synpath (n., adj.)|
|Applies to||systems, headmates|
Synpath is a term that refers 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. This something is typically a fictional character, though some may use the term to refer to non-human and/or animal species.
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Slakti is an alternative term for synpath, made for systems who do not want to associate with the larger kin community.
Otherhearted is technically synonymous with synpath, though it is more often used to refer to connections to non-humans and/or animals than to fictional characters.
Otherkin, therians, fictionkin, and factkin are individuals who (typically involuntarily) identify as a non-human, fictional, or factual being because of a spiritual or psychological belief. Similarly, an otherlink is a (typically voluntary) identity as a non-human, fictional, or factual being not because of a spiritual or ingrained psychological belief, but for any other reason. If the reason is to cope with something, it may also be called a copinglink. This differs from having synpaths because kin, otherlinkers, and copinglinkers still identify as something, not just with it.