I’m wrapping up a short story about spaceman and wolf shifters, and one of the things that’s come up during the writing of the story is how wolves (or at least shifter wolves) think and act while they are in Wolf mode versus how they think and act in human mode.
For instance, in some shifter stories the human mind is entirely subsumed by the Wolf mind, and the shifter acts entirely is an animal, or almost entirely, when in Wolf mode.
In other stories, the Wolf is essentially a human in wolf form. And of course there are all kinds of shadings in between.
There’s also the question of pack mentality – would a pack of shifter wolves work the same as a pack of “regular” wolves?
And of course, this issue is not limited to wolves – many of the same questions would apply to shifter coyotes, shifter panthers, and even to my favorite, shifter sloths.
So my question today – what’s your take on shifters and human mentality? If you are a writer, and have written shifters, how did you square the difference between the human and animal minds? If you are a reader, what’s your take? Should shifters act more like animals or humans when in animal mode?