Normal werewolf psychology
To describe the normal werewolf mind, imagine a human mind add in a love of meat and the outdoors, hunting, and the constant desire to do something active or productive. Werewolves do get tiered like everyone else and often like to relax and slow down at times too. It can not be too emphasized that the werewolf mind is one mind, human reasoning and wolfish instinct. Often it is a unique mixture between nature and the wilderness of today's modern world. This being said it is important to examine the effects of this mixture.
An important note about instinct. Instinct is preprogrammed response to certain environments or situations. It is not something one realizes before the event, but rather during. It is easier to avoid instinctual action than to change or stop it in the act, but can be stopped with effort.
Logic and reasoning is a good first place to examine the werewolf mind. In observation, most werewolves think in ways to get things done quickly, effectively, and including all resources and people in a group. The best example is hunting. Much like regular wolves, many werewolves hunt in packs, but even when alone they have the advantages beyond wolfish instinct of human observation, logic, and skill to determine what to hunt, where to hunt, and how to track it up to the finishing blow. Being a werewolf and needing to protect one’s identity, often makes werewolves careful and meticulous planners. While not true for everyone, nothing of the mind is true for everyone, werewolves tend to plan ahead and therefore often become happy and successful if they can manage the stress of being a werewolf. Werewolf logic tends to be long term.
Although not a unique need to werewolves, social acceptance is very important to werewolves. Of course there are many lone wolves too, but it is very lonely for most werewolves. Werewolves tend to be happy in groups of friends and family, even if the pack is made up of human friends. Be in a good pack! Just acceptance can hurt you just as bad as being alone. Werewolves should find good pack with morals, values, standards, and laws.
There are a few things to mention about emotion. Emotions, feelings, and spirituality are all amplified as a werewolf. It can be hard for a werewolf to contain their feelings at times. The emotional extremes are often pushed far past normal human bounds. It is just that werewolves are more sensitive to those around them. As a werewolf one just feels more, and if not careful usually react more. Knowing that emotions will be amplified many werewolves refused by anyone with emotional issues or troubles beyond normal, as the new world may be unstable. Pack members often balance each other's emotional needs. This is why social acceptance is such a big need for werewolves. A werewolf would need to be able to balance their emotional needs for mental stability. Things like, taking time to relax after stress, grieving periods, and having outlets are very important to werewolves.
Lone wolf personalities often exist. In this case, most still desire a pack, but don’t essentially need one. This personality often acts like both an alpha and normal pack wolf. They are strong and smart, but usually patient and very allowing of others to go first. In short Lone Wolf Personality does it’s own thing.
Werewolves like wolves tend to mate for life. Most werewolves seem hardwired to find a permanent mate and forming permanent ties before even considering sexual relations. It’s important to the pack, and in the mind of a werewolf, to form family units. Of course not every werewolf is that committed to their relationships, but most are extremely loyal after becoming steady. Trustworthy relationships help support the foundation of mental stability formed from pack and social life.
Of course on the subject of other were-creatures, the psychological information will be different, however similar logic and results will usually apply.
Normal Psychological disorders
Werewolves are normal people with their own stresses, quirks, hobbies, and interests. Lycanthropy, while creating immunity to a number of physical diseases, does not make one immune to psychological disorders. Werewolves are just as prone to, or perhaps due to the unique mixture and delicate balance between human reason and wolfish instinct makes them venerable to several disorders. While major psychological disorders are uncommon even in werewolves, they can happen.
Most psychological disorders can be things such as ADHD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder seem to occur at the same rate in werewolves as in human counterparts. Phobias, schizophrenia, and other disorders can and do occur in werewolves. There are documented cases of werewolves who have become attached to squeaky toys, absolutely won’t leave the house unless every scrap of fur is vacuumed up (not a bad idea), and even one who was deathly afraid of blood. Now that makes for a funny hunting trip! Puberty and midlife-crisis are the most probable time of developing any disorder.
Special disorders which apply uniquely to or differently for werewolves.
Split personality disorder
Dissociative Personalty Disorder, or more commonly known as split personality, can have a unique effect on werewolves. It is extremely rare in people, and only slightly less rare in werewolves. This disorder may be inspiration for many werewolf myths and legends, particularly about loosing one’s mind while in wolf form. These disorders can be treated with medicine like in human cases, but in larger doses as judged by a skilled doctor to make up for the metabolism.
Very rarely does Dissociative Personality Disorder occurs as a requirement of the disease is a complete split in personas for werewolves into the man and the wolf, and they must have little to no awareness of each other, that is to say they may know of each other’s existence, or subconsciously know of the other, but when one is in control the other is suppressed and dormant in the back of the mind. Usually this illness occurs with severe tram during the bite to become a werewolf or an equally traumatic event. The new sensations and changes can be a lot to take in. All the seances are increased, the body is different including a new limb and this, for the first few times, produces a stress and wonder on the brain. This may, usually during transformation, build a new persona to cope as the human mind stays back in shock. The mind must be venerable to this condition in order to become effected. It is a very rare mental disorder, even in werewolves, and it is highly unlikely to meet a werewolf effected with Dissociative Personalty Disorder.
In this disorder the wolf is not a dumb animal. There is some shared data in the mind, most often including language, various quirks, and habits. The wolf half is one which understands humans more, and to an extent is one. The wolf and anthropomorphic forms generally are accessible to the wolf only, and the human form to the human mind. When the person is under excessive stress, or instinctual need, or fight or flight response, the human mind may black out, and the wolf body and mind takes over as a defense mechanism to cope. The wolf part, even in normal werewolves, seems to cope with and get over intense stress easier than the human part of werewolves.
An incomplete personality split is unique branch of Dissociative Personality Disorder in which the wolf and human halves of the mind may have little to full awareness of each other when conscious. In this situation the wolf has usually not developed into a full personality of it’s own, and must exist with the human half while having it’s own independent thoughts and ideas. In rare cases the two personas may be able to interact with each other. This can be awkward as the wolf and human minds and desires would not always agree. This condition is even more rare than Dissociative Personality Disorder.
Going feral is not related to Dissociative personality disorder. In this disorder, the human mind loses itself to wolf instincts and logic, losing human desires and existance. The same thing can happen to any were-creature.
Going feral usually comes from trauma effecting and suppressing the human mind. Some werewolves who felt life is easier as an animal, or lose faith in being human consciously suppress themselves over a long period of time, and the human fades deep into their minds. It is speculated that this can be caused by extreme depression or abuse, causing the human to hind behind their wolfish instincts, or when werewolves becomes so dependent on the wolf that they lose themselves. It is rare to find this condition without also finding an unhealthily strong dependence on the wolf to cope.
There are three diagnosed levels. Stage One is identified by the human conscious being suppressed but still active, and occasionally in full control, always influencing the wolf. The human mind is week and depending on instant to pick up the slack. In Stage Two the human mind is severely suppressed, or even dormant, but may come out on occasion of need. It always subconsciously influences the wolf. Stage Three is near unreverseable. The damage is permanent and the human mind is lost. The subject is basically a wolf. Perhaps a smart wolf who understands english, but the human is gone, except in a form foreign to the wolfish mind.
Losing the wolf
Losing the wolf is like going feral in reverse. The human mind suppresses the wolf and suppresses essential wolfish instinct. This is usually caused by an emotional disturbance which causes the werewolf to hate the wolf portion of themselves. There is a recorded case where a werewolf who, as a child, saw another violent werewolf kill his mother and maul his father. This shook him and he estranged himself from his werewolf forms. In this case he has been able to make a full recovery after years of making peace with the wolf side of his personality.
Like going feral, this is similarly categorized into three levels. Stage One, the wolf portion of the mind is suppressed and influences the werewolf less than is healthy. In Stage Two the wolf is severally suppressed and perhaps dormant, spiking up only in sever distress or when the werewolf digs painfully deep. Stage three is again nearly unreverseable. Wolfish instinct is essentially gone. Anthropomorphic and feral forms can be accessed but are completely foreign and perhaps painful with the amount of sensory input they provide.
The above disorders can negatively impact the werewolf and those around them but are not in themselves dangerous. However, anything which causes a werewolf mental trauma or disorder has potential to being dangerous. Even the best werewolf with an uncontrolled or unchecked disorder may be potentially dangerous to be around. Especialy dangerous disorders can include loss of empathy, becoming emotionally unstable and unable to control rage or outbursts, and especially the criminally insane.
Disorders which destabilize the werewolf’s mind, such as clinical lack of empathy, or permanent brain damage (while werewolves do possess the ability to form and heal neurons, if scar tissue forms first there is little a werewolf can do) makes them like caged lions. They can be dangerous to anyone they see as new, or simply that they don’t like, perhaps even a danger to those they love.
In one particular case a werewolf known as Zeke (story used with express permission) had a severe case of permanent brain damage, harming his stability and short-term memory. Zeke is a relatively young werewolf who’s broken mind often drifts back and forth between human reason and basic feral instinct. Often his mind does not match his form. Due to his unstable nature he randomly “breaks” and falls into random emotional outbursts, including rage, euphoria, and depression.
Certain insanity can be particularly dangerous as a werewolf. It is better to stay away from a werewolf with issues and let their pack (and doctors) deal with them, particularly if one doesn’t want the werewolf to know what his/her guts taste like. Please note however, that dangerous disorders are generally uncommon, but use caution, more than around regular werewolves please.