Real Werewolves Talk About Their Struggles on ExperienceProject
“I am a werewolf and I have been trying to find a way to give all you real werewolves out there some info on werewolves…”
I get sort of weirded out over the idea of teenagers who believe that they are really werewolves. I feel the same way about “real” vampires; supporting these sort of subculture movements seems more like rooting for people to sink into deeper states of neuroses or get worse cases of schizophrenia. It doesn’t really seem healthy, like, for anyone’s mental state to believe that they are werewolves. In fact, there is a term for it: “Clinical lycanthropy”. As for “real vampires”, –the ones who believe they have powers, can shapeshift, etc., –that seems like equally disturbing behaviour, and I also have to wonder, where the parents are when their children are off going to school wearing werewolf tails and so on?
The reason for my concern for people who have trouble distinguishing reality from fiction is the recent case of Mark Andrews, 51, found guilty of first degree murder. He believed his neighbor was a vampire: my concern is that, given the same amount of time for mental illness to foster and spiral further, with the support network of family and friends legitimizing this behavior as part of their personality and their identity, where will these teens be in another 35 years? I don’t pretend to believe that all of them won’t grow out of the fixation, and I don’t believe all “real” vampires are mentally ill, –in fact, both subcultures have really normal, average people in them. My concern is that percentage who have the potential to eventually take it too far.