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[General] Kopase's Simple and Straightforward Video Guides on Making a Tulpa
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I've made a series of video guides over the past several months designed to both improve on other guides by eliminating many less-substantiated forcing techniques and incorporating my research, and to deliver the information in a more comfortable (video) format. For those who cannot view the videos or would prefer to read their transcripts, I have collected their transcripts into a folder of PDFs linked here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1...sp=sharing

Don't watch the In Detail series without watching the super-compact guide! They are meant to be viewed together!


The Super Compact 5 Minute Video Guide to Making a Tulpa

This video alone should give you all the information you need to make a tulpa. It's very compact and goes over the basics without much detail. For an expanded view, continue reading/watching for the In Detail series of videos.

KISS - Keep it Simple, Stupid

Over-complicating the forcing process is the easiest way to gimp your progress. This video goes over how to keep your eyes on the prize and avoid ideas that would only waste your time.

Making a Personality

Too many guides and people will demonize personality forcing for what are, in my opinion, very weak reasons. Data I've collected in the past suggests that giving your tulpa a starting personality helps them to develop faster, and you also get to have an idea of who you'll have with you for the rest of your life before you start to make them. What many people fail to pick up on is that personality forcing is more about you learning the personality than the tulpa, and that once you have a strong grasp of what you're trying to make, the pieces should fall into place.

Visualization and Making a Form

Giving your tulpa a starting form not only makes visualization a more natural process, but also (like personality forcing) can decrease the average time to create a tulpa, according to my data. The easiest way to do this (and, often, personality forcing as well) is to just copy a character you know and like from some kind of media. You should probably stick to something human or personified, though, so that you don't fail to make the mental connection that your tulpa is a person.

Thinking For Your Tulpa (Parroting etc)

No, parroting is not bad. In fact, it's among the most useful methods available for many people trying to create tulpas. But, it shouldn't be relied on as a crutch, and this video goes over both how to use parroting in moderation, and how to employ two other tactics that are means to the same end.

Getting Your First Responses

The moment you get your first real response from your tulpa is a highly anticipated one, and for good reason! But, avoiding false positives while also staying open for their first true attempts to reach you is no easy task. This video goes over what those initial responses should feel like, and what many people get caught up on.
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As for the first video, I gave you my opinion that it's one of the best introductions someone could receive into tulpamancy a long time ago. I'm not a huge fan of perpetuating the idea that tulpas may fail to share memories. Tulpas should, logically speaking, be able to utilize memory in the same fashion as their host. However, this is a very minor gripe and even I have to concede that there are some potential reasons for tulpas to have strange limitations and difficulties early on that I won'd extrapolate on.

The second video strikes me as somewhat less of a guide or more of a pick-me-up/ motivational video for those struggling. Pretty inconsequential to this overall, it'd be a nice thing to send to someone who needs it though and I'm glad it exists for those it will help.

My biggest gripe about the third video is saved by the text surrounding it, namely the note at the end. It would have been nice to see that somehow woven into the script itself. Alas, this is a really minor nitpick.

Fourth video: AUDIO QUALITY IMPROVEMENT. WOO. Good video overall. No gripes.

Fifth video: Why is it so quiet? Disapproved. Joking aside, this hits basically all the points it needs to, though I've already railed you for giving any credence to headpressures, as I feel they are due to other phenomenon related to tulpamancy. This is honestly the only major negative of this entire guide series.

Overall, the simplicity, medium, and speed of these are all in your favor. The visuals are also used effectively, creating some light comedy but also emphasizing moments similar to what bolding text may do. I especially got a laugh when reading the description of Shrek as "cute."

So, approved for guides.
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Overall I think that the guide us very well made and would definitely be able to take someone through the creation process.

The only problem that I have with it that ponytail hasn't already expressed is that in the first video you give an average time that it would take to make a tulpa, and I worry that that will cause a similar effect as hour counts, though you did also say that there is a lot of deviation from that, so it'll probably be fine.

Definitely would approve if I was part of GAT (btw, Kopase, it's probably going to take a long time for this to be approved because of how in shambles GAT currently it)
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#4
This is an excellent series of video guides. They're concise, easy to follow, and easy to take in. They're aimed at beginners and I believe you’ve given them the essential do’s and don’ts that all beginners should understand, without inundating them with too much information and jargon. I like that instead of just telling the viewer what to do, you also tell them what not to do e.g. don’t force a personality on an already sentient tulpa. Things like that may seem like common sense, but if these things are never stated someone somewhere is bound to do it. Tulpa creation may sound complicated to someone who has just started, but it’s really a simple process and I think the simplicity of these videos reflect that. I don’t find myself disagreeing with any of the things you’ve said so I have nothing to really criticise content-wise.

The only thing that I can pick at was at the start of the parroting video when you showed a drawing of a single CPU with an arrow pointing to 2 CPU’s labelled ‘duel core’. At first, I thought you may have been alluding to parallel processing which isn’t possible, but you didn’t talk about parallel processing and instead talked about processing different interpretations of the same thing, which is fine. I thought the duel core CPU analogy was inaccurate and a bit misleading because the same processor is being used to process the 2 different perspectives, but it’s not a major concern.

Approved for guides.
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(01-20-2019, 03:55 PM)Breloomancer Wrote: Overall I think that the guide us very well made and would definitely be able to take someone through the creation process.

The only problem that I have with it that ponytail hasn't already expressed is that in the first video you give an average time that it would take to make a tulpa, and I worry that that will cause a similar effect as hour counts, though you did also say that there is a lot of deviation from that, so it'll probably be fine.

Definitely would approve if I was part of GAT (btw, Kopase, it's probably going to take a long time for this to be approved because of how in shambles GAT currently it)

Looks like I've already written a review for this one, and my opinion hasn't changed.

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Five minute guide:
The content here needs to be understood in the context of how cursory an introduction this video is. I've seen a number of new tulpamancers hit serious snags by assuming their tulpa is already there without any evidence of that, and part of me is cautious about any advice in favor of making that assumption to a newcomer. However the efficacy of that assumption in most cases seems to be self-evident at this point, and the video does a good job of making it clear that it is more of an exercise to encourage belief that the tulpa will respond than an objective fact, so I let it pass. In a longer format guide I'd want to see more discussion of what's actually going on there and when/why the belief is constructive (or not) but in a concise introduction I find this to be possibly the best way to address the issue.

I also mirror Ponytail's concerns about normalizing the very unlikely scenario of tulpas not having shared memories, but it is something that Kopase has particular experience with and is therefore in a good position to help with in the case someone does have that issue. The only real issue is that it is a very niche thing that does not belong in an introductory video like this one.

On the whole however, this is a pretty good all-around guide that covers the important basics of tulpa creation in as little time as possible.

KISS:
If I really grasp for flaws, the only one I can come up with here is that it poses the traditional "talking to the void" method as the strictly simplest approach, when there are other things that can be done to directly accomplish the goal of making an independent tulpa in a simple manner. But honestly, I don't know of any others that get results as consistently, as quickly, or as easily as talking for a new tulpamancer. So I feel like this is just a dumb nitpick. The core message of this video is possibly the most important one in all of tulpa creation, in that directly making an independent tulpa with as few steps as possible is generally the fastest and least stressful way to do it.

Personality forcing:
Finally, a reasonable approach to personality forcing! It's like a breath of fresh air! More seriously, this is one of the few guides I've seen that simply and intelligibly approaches personality forcing. It addresses the real cornerstone of personality forcing (getting a strong, almost instinctive understanding of their behavior) and efficiently touches on the role of consent in personality forcing with an established tupper. My only issue with this video is that the only actual exercise or means of personality forcing it provides is a simple symbolic one. While those are effective and easy to do, they are (if only based on personal experience) less effective than more involved approaches. However, any of the more involved approaches are beyond the scope of a 2 minute video guide, and probably not something that your typical tulpamancer would be interested in sinking the necessary effort into for a degree of greater success than they actually want. I love this.

Visualization:
We're starting to sound like a broken record here, but the pattern of "good basic information, low detail" persists. This video says everything you need to say about visualization except for the kinds of detailed higher level techniques I would suggest to people who are struggling to improve, but honestly it still gives a better quick instruction than most guides do anyway. ?


Parroting:
Everything I said about personality forcing, x100. I've had an axe to grind about how poorly parroting is understood in most of this community, but right here is a guide that already comes close to the parroting guide I've been working on in my spare time. In fact, it touches on positive aspects of parroting I hadn't even thought of, or at least that I hadn't thought of in that way. So far, all of the other video guides have been ones that I would recommend as an introduction, and suggest other sources if a new tulpamancer is having issues with a topic. But this one is probably the single best guide on parroting I have ever seen.

First responses:
The focus on treating and conversing with your tulpa like a person is very, very good. The explanation of how a tulpa's communication usually feels, like your thoughts rather than like an actual voice, is also something that is often very important for newcomers. All that said however, I'd actually call this the weakest of the videos. That emphasis was quite present in the original 5 minute video, making the reminder very good but not really justifying the video on its own. The explanation of how a tulpa's communication usually feels is helpful, but fails to hammer home the most important point I've found in interactions with newcomers; that it can and will feel exactly the same as your own thoughts in many cases. The talk about the issues of false positives was good overall, but somewhat marred by how it handled head pressures. I understand that head pressures are a common enough idea that many people will be trying to use them or be curious about them unless you explain why they should not use head pressures as a form of communication, but I feel like the video spent a lot of time talking about them for a video of this scope and failed to really address the fact that even if a head pressure really is your tulpa trying to communicate, it's a pretty piss-poor method of communication that you should try to find alternatives to ASAP.

Overall:
The videos are not perfect, but most of that is owed to the format as ~5 minute videos. You can't really address any tulpamancy topic in rich detail in this kind of format. Nonetheless, I think that short simple introductory video guides are very much something that the community can benefit from, and I don't see them getting much better from being made longer and more detailed, as the more detail the better it will benefit from a change to a text based medium. Until some kind of major developments occur that outdate the advice contained within, I don't see video guides getting much better than this. Approved for guides.
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The videos are shaky on a lot of points and don't expand upon ideas very well, but of course as Kitsune said, that's to be expected with short videos. These would definitely work as supplementary material to other guides and resources, but not to be taken on their own, obviously. I think it's fine for approval once back-up video links are provided, however I'm not certain it should go in Guides due to the inability for the GAT to actually ask for real changes to be made, it kind of puts us at a disadvantage for review. It may be more appropriate for resources or tips and tricks.

Some of the things I think it's a bit eh on are the part about forms, where you recommend they spend a few hours sculpting and perfecting the form. That's not really necessary unless they want to learn imposition, which I personally think should probably wait until the tulpa is sentient and pick a form of their own. People can get really hung up on perfecting their visualization and forget that it's not really that important yet, what's important is just talking to the tulpa. 

You also mention that random things that pop into people's heads won't be from their tulpa, and while I can agree with that, I do think it's alright if people think things are from their tulpa to help encourage them as long as they are aware that they could be wrong about it and as long as it's not something harmful in some way.

Another thing was the point on head pressures, you don't seem to accurately portray them. Head pressures are not rare and they are not, as far as I can tell, a reliable source of communication. Head pressures are as the name implies, just a pressure in your head. They arise from when your brain is working hard or if you're focusing intently on something. Honestly I've never heard of a tulpa targeting a part of the head as a response, and that's something that I can hardly even fathom as being possible unless it's some form of tactile imposition and not an actual head pressure. We get head pressures all the time from fronting and such, they're not intentionally induced or controlled by us. You say that what most people would consider head pressures are actually headaches, which isn't true. Head pressures are just a sensation of pressure in your head, they don't have to be controlled or targeted, and if they were then that would be rare, as you mentioned. If nothing else, I think you should re-do this part of this video at some point.

EDIT: Also, I don't think there's such thing as the "subconscious," nor does it create a personality for your tulpa, that's a misconception. Personality is created through experiences, not some mystical force inside your brain.
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Quote:These would definitely work as supplementary material to other guides and resources, but not to be taken on their own, obviously. I think it's fine for approval once back-up video links are provided, however I'm not certain it should go in Guides due to the inability for the GAT to actually ask for real changes to be made, it kind of puts us at a disadvantage for review. It may be more appropriate for resources or tips and tricks.
I disagree and request for a specific reason why these videos should not be accepted as a fully-functional guide and placed in the general creation guide category. These videos consist of over 3500 words of content - more than most full guides present on this forum. If you don't believe me, tally them up yourself with the attached scripts. Also, backup links have been provided, and I will add them into this post directly if that's what you wish.

Quote:Some of the things I think it's a bit eh on are the part about forms, where you recommend they spend a few hours sculpting and perfecting the form. That's not really necessary unless they want to learn imposition, which I personally think should probably wait until the tulpa is sentient and pick a form of their own. People can get really hung up on perfecting their visualization and forget that it's not really that important yet, what's important is just talking to the tulpa. 
The entire purpose of the first video in the In Detail series (that comes before the visualization video) is to warn viewers about this exact concept. Furthermore, the video explicitly states that it can be skipped over entirely if the viewer so prefers, and I directly make it clear that visualization is unimportant to most of the creation process. Perfection is never talked about - it's simply an overview. Many people do indeed struggle with visualization, and despite the unimportance it holds in creating a functioning and independent tulpa, it is often still important to the reader/viewer.


Quote:You also mention that random things that pop into people's heads won't be from their tulpa, and while I can agree with that, I do think it's alright if people think things are from their tulpa to help encourage them as long as they are aware that they could be wrong about it and as long as it's not something harmful in some way.
I disagree. Accepting illegitimate responses creates confusion and, in some cases, confounds an individual's ability to establish reliable and legitimate communication.

Quote:Another thing was the point on head pressures, you don't seem to accurately portray them. Head pressures are not rare and they are not, as far as I can tell, a reliable source of communication. Head pressures are as the name implies, just a pressure in your head. They arise from when your brain is working hard or if you're focusing intently on something. Honestly I've never heard of a tulpa targeting a part of the head as a response, and that's something that I can hardly even fathom as being possible unless it's some form of tactile imposition and not an actual head pressure. We get head pressures all the time from fronting and such, they're not intentionally induced or controlled by us. You say that what most people would consider head pressures are actually headaches, which isn't true. Head pressures are just a sensation of pressure in your head, they don't have to be controlled or targeted, and if they were then that would be rare, as you mentioned. If nothing else, I think you should re-do this part of this video at some point.
The main purpose of that section (itself a subsection of a larger portion of the guides) is to address misconceptions and expectations associated with head pressures that many individuals have. Older guides, resources, and community members continue to point to them as, in some cases, a primary indicator of sentience. Although it is rare, I have indeed heard accounts from multiple people of their tulpas having the specific ability to cause targeted head pressures before achieving vocality. This effect may be due to small-scale imposition effects pre-vocality, or perhaps as a simpler way to manipulate perception than direct vocal contact with the host. Either way, when I describe headaches as not being head pressures, I say this for two reasons: firstly, headaches do not have to be painful - common precursors to migraines (such as dehydration) can also cause sensations of dull pressure throughout the head. Secondly, because of their preconceived notions of head pressures being baseline communication skills, the expectation for them to happen at some point can cause legitimate painful headaches (which are common when developing a first tulpa) to be misinterpreted as communications from the tulpa.

Quote:Also, I don't think there's such thing as the "subconscious," nor does it create a personality for your tulpa, that's a misconception. Personality is created through experiences, not some mystical force inside your brain.
This is a correct and it is a mistake in the video. However, simply swapping out the word subconscious for unconscious should make any usage of it correct. In the contexts of the videos, I do not believe that the mistake of including the term "subconscious" significantly impacts the quality of the information provided.
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Thank you for your submission. This will be a straight forward review.


Quote:Super Compact

Even though I do think that speaking out loud is a bit cringy and unnecessary, it might help certain people. It's merely a matter of "doing what I don't like," I feel. This is followed up later on in the video where you explicitly state "Your mind could be different from how most other people operate." Other than that, this was fine.


Quote:KISS

No issues here.


Quote:Making a Personality

Seems fine. I do agree with your statement in the post, saying that many guides demonize personality forcing.  It's foolish to think it's bad imo, you should at least be able to put in some positive traits that can help a tulpa. Adding negative traits is pretty bad as well as you suggested, and it is true that the tulpa's personality will change over time as they grow older.  I'm not the same person I was five years ago.


Quote:Visualization and Making a Form

You went over this well and efficiently.


Quote:Thinking for your Tulpa (Parroting etc)

Personally I think parroting is inherently bad for your tulpa. It can confuse the host into thinking they have a tulpa when it's just themselves speaking by listening to their mindvoice instead. Yes, roleplay can indeed unintentionally make tulpas, I won't doubt it. 
The way you explain writing the story seems to be personality forcing in a way. Alternatively, spending time a wonderland can work in tandem with this.


Quote:Getting your first responses

Seems good so far. I do think that head pressures can possibly be false positives in most people, but considering them to be rare doesn't seem legitimate. It's a result of focusing intensively, as you mentioned it can sometimes be headaches. We suffer from chronic migraines and can personally attest that our own head pressures were not headaches. To each their own though, as I can't feel what those hosts are feeling.


Quote:Overall

The volume needs to be increased a bit more. The audio is a bit low. Perhaps slowing down your speech a wince could help, it was a bit difficult to focus and review this guide as a result.


In its current state, I approve this submission. Well done.
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