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What bear-like people (maybe named Bear) do you know? How do you like them as people? Do you easily relate to them? If you don't, why not?

Asked by BeeVomit (293 points ) April 2nd, 2011

I’m a Bear. I was named so by a Native American woman I grew up knowing through my mother. I’ve met other Bears and they often seem tall and large, or very small, and most are quiet, contemplative and genial people. I’d like to know your “Bear” experience. Also, any actual bear stories are very welcome.

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FluffyChicken's avatar

well, you. ;)

And my friend Moon Bear. I would consider my dad a bear person, and a very grumpy bear indeed. Also, there was a guy in high school named Scott who moved like a bear.

also, there was once a black bear snooping around outside my house. he was super cute :). we watched him from the window. I hope he made it back to the wilds ok. I always get excited about the sunbear exhibits when I’ve gone to zoos. I wonder why so many zoos have sunbears.

snowberry's avatar

My hubby’s nickname is Bear. We’ve been married 34 years now. I like ‘im fine!

marinelife's avatar

I love big, bear-like men. I just want to hug them.

Coloma's avatar

I have never know a person named ‘Bear.’
A Golden retriever, yes, a person no.

My native american totem animal is the goose. Go figure. lol

Allie's avatar

I know a few guys who could be considered bear-like. I think it’s amazing. They’re tall and have big, long arms – they give the best hugs. It’s like being wrapped in a blanket when you get hugs from them.
…. and bears are tied for my favorite animal. It’s a bear-monkey tie.

RareDenver's avatar

I have a friend who is very tall and broad, we refer to him as ‘The Unit’ he’s quite bear like in appearance but is actually one of the most gentle and thoughtful people you could ever want to meet.

cookieman's avatar

:: waves at @marinelife ::

dabbler's avatar

My analyst was a bear guy. He had claimed bear as his totem animal. He has a strong physique and would sometimes be gruff in his expression but he is big hearted as much as big anything else and very smart and inquisitive and kind.

FluffyChicken's avatar

All the bears I know are very gentle, unless you piss them off. Then, watch out!

BeeVomit's avatar

Come to think of it, growing up I always considered myself more of a “wolf” than anything else. It wasn’t until I was named Bear that I realized how accurate a name it was. Interestingly enough, much of my stuffed animals were bunnies, wolves, and apes (even a life-size gorilla, Amy from Congo). I don’t recall having many bears..

There’s a totem of an animal my mom had when I was younger. It looked a lot like a wolf, but it had a short tail and the muzzle of a bear. I think I’m a lot like that animal, whatever it may be. Now I have wolf fur and bear teeth as my totems, and a little fetish somewhere (that’s a term for power imbued in an object, not necessarily sexual) of a carved wolf out of quartz crystal.. I also have a native American flute of cedar with a wolf on the reed piece my oldest brother carved and gave to me. I live between homes quite a bit these days and my bedroll consists of three things I take wherever I go. The first is a TempurPedic pillow (gotta love it!) and the other two are a fleece blanket with wolves on it, and a brown oversize canvas sleeping bag “Golden Bear”. I didn’t do it on purpose.

Though I am most definitely like a bear (you can ask anyone I know) and give great hugs (again, ask anybody), I still have the underlying presence of a wolf. Something about cages and hunters… I can’t explain it too well without muddling the message. I learned the three “bear foods” were already my very favorites: salmon, honey, and cherries. I also love the wolf food, venison. Other totems I relate to are the great blue heron and the mouse.

I have never seen a bear in the wild, but only at the zoo. I recall seeing the sunbear at the Charles Paddock Zoo caged up with a feeling akin to the loneliest, most helpless hurt I’ve ever had elsewhere. I don’t like zoos at all, anymore.

@FluffyChicken I don’t think you’ve ever seen me angry.. Actually, probably the easiest way (lacking a better term) to see the power of a bear (or any creature) is to make them sad. Most bears I’ve known, people and animal (even dogs) exhibit their greatest will during moments of extreme grief. It’s difficult to anger a bear in jest or without major issues going on, but the moment you make them regret your existence, or their own, is that which will be the most dangerous to you. Think about it. You’ve heard of some bears called “manhunters.” If a bear never had the loss of something dear to it, like a parent or a child, do you think it would have sought the name?

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