I hope I haven't confused too many people with this phrase, which I have coined to describe myself and a small group of other people.
Basically, a Therianthropic Werewolf is a reincarnated wolf soul that's within a human body.
"That's a Therian, but where does the werewolf come in?", you might ask. Well, "Therian" is a term used to describe a large variety of people who believe they are reincarnated animal spirits..... however I might add that this can be any animal, for example a horse, bird, or even fish. So, simply saying that I was a Therian would not be enough to cover what -kind- I was. Thus, I am a Therianthropic Werewolf. The root meaning of the word "werewolf" is "were", meaning man, and of course "wolf". This means that both the usage of the word in speaking of a reincarnated wolf and a physical wolf shapeshifter are both correct.
Unlike normal stories you hear about werewolves, a Therianthropic Werewolf (TW for short) doesn't shapeshift.... physically. However, they CAN mentally shift into a wolf-like state of mind, which does heighten their senses and may even allow some memories of their wolf lifetime to flow through. This is known as a "mental shift".. Mental shifts can happen when the TW is excited, stimulated, or in most cases under the influence of direct will to mentally shift.
As for myself, I am a Therianthropic Werewolf by birth. I have lived 27 lifetimes as a wolf, in which my last life was actually included as my 27th. While I don't understand exactly why I'm here in this form for this life, I can at least share my knowledge to the best of my abilities. In other words, if you have any questions are comments I would be more than happy to hear them =)