hey!! in your recent post about badger & lion secs vs bird & snake secs, you mentioned that when a snake or bird drops their acting you get the neutral snake state & the solid bird state. could you maybe expand on the solid bird? i’ve seen neutral snake talked about but not the bird edition
Ah. That. (I'm about to go on a tangent, so skip to the tl;dr if you want the short answer to your question.)
As I was writing my post on Straightforward vs Circumventing secondaries, I had a nagging feeling I was wording things incorrectly at that part, but I couldn't put my finger on it at the time. Now, after seeing your ask, I know exactly what my mistake was.
When I used the term Solid Bird I was trying to describe what will make Circumventing secondaries stop circumventing, what makes them dig their heels in and say No, you're wrong, no matter how much trouble it will cause them. And I stick by the list I came up with. My mistake was what I implied with my wording.
To actually answer your question, I got the word Solid from one of the other divisions between the secondaries: Solid (Bird and Lion) vs Fluid (Badger and Snake). The Basics page of the SHC wordpress describes Solid secondaries as "static and stable" and not transforming. So, you have Lions who feel wrong unless they are completely themself, who are Solid in how they represent themself, and you have Birds who feel wrong misrepresenting the tools and knowledge they have collected. They've invested time and effort into their collections, into searching for a deeper understanding of them, so they are Solid in how they present them. In contrast, Fluid secondaries will transform to match the social situation, "to fit the space they are in, ...to keep the peace, to win their goal, to stay safe they will change who they are and how they act."
Do you see my mistake yet?
Consider what I wrote comparing Circumventing secondaries in social situations. I wrote about how they'll put on a mask or act in a prepared role to fit the situation they're in, to avoid trouble or, in other words, "to keep the peace, to win their goal, to stay safe they will change... how they act."
Yup. There it is. I accidentally called Actor Birds Fluid and Neutral Snakes Solid.
Now, hold on, don't throw your rotten tomatoes at me just yet. I'm not saying that this is right. In fact, let me explain how it isn't.
If Birds are Solid because they feel wrong misrepresenting their collections, then it can be argued that this applies to Actor Birds too. The roles they have prepared for themselves are tools that cannot be altered in the moment. There is no veering off script. Meanwhile, Courtier Badgers and masked Snakes aren't going off a script but an audience. They have to listen to and observe the people around them to do their thing. Actor Birds, once they've selected a role, do not. They may even have some trouble shedding the role once the social interaction is done. The only arguably Fluid part of what Actor Birds do is that they try and predict ahead of time what their audience will want to see and put on that face, but I would argue this is Circumventing, not going Fluid. Once they get into their performance, there is no social fluidity. In other words, if we define Fluid as actively shifting and changing in reaction to their audience, and Solid as being largely unchanged by their audience in the moment, the division still makes (almost) perfect sense.
(Almost because Neutral states being Solid still makes sense to me. Lemme mull that over before commenting on it though...)
If all of that was confusing (I ramble, I know), try this: think of Actor Bird roles, Snake masks, and Courtier Badger as "multi-player" or socialization tools. Actor Bird roles are tools Built in advance, used in an effort to Circumvent trouble, but unable to change according to audience reaction (Solid). Snake masks are tools Improvised in the moment, used in an effort to Circumvent trouble, and able to change according to audience reaction (Fluid). Courtier Badger is a tool Built from the Badger themself (Badgers are the tool), used to connect directly to people (Straightforward), and able to change according to audience reaction (Fluid). And finally, Lions don't need an extra multi-player tool. They connect directly to people (Straightforward) and refuse to change according to the audience (Solid).
tl;dr - I mistakenly implied that Actor Birds are Fluid or that Solid Birds are the opposite of Actor Birds. Actually, Birds are Solid because they are unchanging in how they present their collections, whether it is collected knowledge or roles they have built for their Actor Bird.
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