- See also: Therianthropic Shifts
This usually covers a variety of experiences, although generally speaking if a person accepts oneself as an animal while dreaming, it can be qualified as a dream-shift. This, in turn, can sometimes lead to emotional stress strong enough to interrupt a dream (person wakes up unexpectedly). To avoid this, different techniques can be used, such as mentioned above.
Technically, a number of events and states will fall into the category of dream-shifting, like:
- An act of shifting into an animal or back into human
- Observing own body shifted
- Overall self-perception as an animal (a 'solid knowledge' without any factual hints to that; somewhat similar to be slightly Mental Shifted in reality)
while some more events and states can still be considered controversal:
- Walking on all fours
- Experiencing a change in senses and/or body perfomance (i.e. better vision, reaction, muscular power etc.)
- Howling or making other animal noises while acting as if sleeping person is an animal, but perceives oneself as a human still
Some therians known to perform a voluntary shift at any point while sleeping, while others will walk through different scenarios, which usually involve shifting while being in danger or openly attacked. Interestingly, this fear-triggered shift will be processed by consciousness as a usual measure of defense, i.e. person decides to shift into an animal for self-protection.
Never automatically assume that seeing yourself as an animal in a dream means that you are a Therian or that the animal is your theriotype. Many other experiences, research, and introspection should also be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not you identify as Therian. Seeing oneself as an animal other than the known theriotype, may only be a dream cameo shift and does not always indicate that one is a polytherian. Not every dream may be relevant to one's therianthropy.