Why calling Otherkin/Fictionkin/Multiple systems "Delusional" is damaging.
It’s giving them way too much credit. A solid 95%+ of the people on tumblr (and other internet sites) that say they are these things are just flat out pretending. This is why disorders that happen to less than 1% of the population in real life can be claimed by a huge part of the online community.
They are playing a game with themselves and the people they hang out with online and maybe even off. They like the specialness their fantasy world gives them, but the do not really believe it. Not at the core. They are not really delusional. Their brain isn’t telling them it’s real. They’ll tell you that’s what their brain is saying, but only because it makes it seem like something that’s out of their control when it isn’t at all.
Most all of the time they will grow out of it, because most of them don’t REALLY have something wrong with them. The older ones that haven’t grown out of it yet only haven’t because they’ve found a feedback group of people that like the same roleplaying that they do. That’s all it is, it’s roleplay.
They don’t really hurt anyone, but calling them delusional kind of does, because it gives more legitimacy to it to call it delusional than to call it what it really is. Delusions are an odd kind of subsection of “real”. The brain really does paint pictures in a delusional person’s head. That’s not what’s going on with the large internet otherkin/multiple community. They are playing a game where they get more attention the cooler identity they can make up. However they will never admit it, because it shatters the fantasy.
Don’t call them delusional, it gives them too much credit.