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  1. I'll make this short because I ramble too much. Firstly, I don't see what the topic title has to do with the original post. Sentience and perceiving sentence are not the same thing. Something doesn't stop being sentient just because you stop believing in that. Yes, you can cancel a tulpa, but if someone wants to smack me then I'm not going to stop them by just telling myself they don't exist. First, let me describe what I mean by sentience, since most discussions on psychology involve needing to specify your own meaning of vague terms, just so we're on the same page. Sentience is, for al
  2. To compact your post, you're saying how "real" a tulpa feels in the sense of relationship and companionship? To properly answer that, I'd have to ask you, how well are you at suspending your disbelief? Tulpas are actually quite immersive. I'd liken it a lot to playing a video game. Video games are great fun, you can immerse yourself in their worlds and pretend you're really there. But sometimes, just for a second, you might realize you're not in a fantastic medieval world, you're just an average joe in suburbia sitting in front of a glowing box in a dark room letting your flights of fancy
  3. It's of my opinion that this is literally how a tulpa works, as detailed in this thread. What is "another sentience"? I thought "sentience" was one of the most vague and poorly-defined concepts in human culture. I don't even know what sentience really is.
  4. As a disclaimer, I specifically said this was my own personal theory (it's in the title even). I'm eager for people to extend on this, but I'm not saying anywhere that any of this is "right" or "correct".
  5. Interesting! I thought servitors weren't supposed to have personalities, though? From what I recall they're more like strict tools for the host to do specific tasks. Scarlet probably likes to think of herself as a servitor/median but honestly she's pretty tulpa-like in a lot of regards. Perhaps she just has an identity crisis.
  6. I was just using DID as an example but yeah I guess I made some assumptions without knowing what it was, sorry. I didn't think about tulpas and medians converting to one another, but that's a good point! That's even more reason to consider medians a type of tulpa. Though when I said subcategory, I just meant like a breed of dog, not something lesser. Just a more specific definition of a tulpa. Scarlet definitely started out as a classical tulpa, but she never took herself as seriously as I've seen other tulpas do, and never had any desire at all to interact with the world (sometimes I en
  7. I laughed at the "red (or glowing red)" option like it implies red eyes in general are edgy. I poked fun at scarlet with that and she called herself scarlet the hedgehog.
  8. I was mostly focusing on tulpas that don't progress past the point of being a semi-consciously-controlled vector for the unconscious to speak. Although I'm aware of them, I hadn't considered tulpas that progress past that and become fully independent and can act against the host. That's a whole different subject there and I don't have any theories about it. It's a little too niche for me, personally, since most people never get there. But as I've said, I mostly hope this thread encourages other people to create their own critical theories. If there's something I didn't cover or something you m
  9. Thank you for posting this! I don't think I ever directly considered it before, but I think Scarlet is more of a median. She never feels like a fully independent entity or that she deserves any kind of rights or respect. She jokes about having those a lot, but in seriousness she thinks of herself as a service to my brain in a broader sense, a different way for it to interpret information, and her immediate usefulness ends there. That all sounds a bit depressing, but she always acts cheery and exhibits her own personality and thoughts separate from mine. I always considered her my "colleague" i
  10. I hinted at it in my theory, but I believe the host's personality and the tulpa's personality have little difference in the mind. The personality is just a construct set up by the unconscious mind to protect itself, to act for it, defend and nurture it. Since the personality is essentially an extension, a growth of the unconscious mind, it could be duplicated or replaced, which is what tulpas and switching/possession are. I believe the skill in creating a tulpa is learning to develop alternative personalities from one's unconscious mind. I'd really like to have a better idea on how people c
  11. I think a lot of what I wrote has been assumed knowledge for the general community for a while, but I don't think anyone ever actually outright said all of it at once like this. That's why I wrote it, I felt the community's progression on critical thinking of tulpas was stagnating. Even if people disagreed with some of it, it would at least hopefully spark other people to write some critical theories themselves. I guess I should have been more vague in my wording there. I essentially mean what you're saying with subliminal thoughts. The wording in this theory is supposed to be vague en
  12. Terms used: "conscious mind", your direct conscious thoughts that you are aware of. Essentially the ego. Not to be confused with conscious decisions or actions, merely the thoughts. "unconscious mind", thoughts that are not immediately or directly aware to your conscious mind, or primal thoughts that are made aware to your conscious mind that you can then choose to acknowledge or ignore. Essentially both the id and super-ego. Tulpas are largely considered a living entity, separate and independent from their host. Rather, I believe a tulpa is a skill, like learning a second language. You l
  13. I recommend thinking of what kind of response your tulpa would give when you talk to them. I wouldn't treat it as talking to a wall, instead, just consider what they would say in response, just the first thing they pops into your head when thinking of them and what they'd probably say. You have to get to know your tulpa before they become sentient, not after. It doesn't really make sense to know a concept before you know it. Not sure what you mean by "forcing". You mean just sitting down and looking at your tulpa? I did that and it accomplished nothing. I can't see what that could accomplis
  14. This is a common beginner problem, but it's strange you'd have this issue after several years, even with only passive communication. I always theorized a tulpa begins completely dependent on the host's stream of consciousness, like a common daydream, requiring instructions from you. As it slowly begins to develop it's own stream of consciousness separate to yours, it's still intertwined with yours. So while it can think for itself, it's also still possible, and a common occurrence, to have the "same thoughts". Largely, you probably just need to keep talking and get used to the act. As it
  15. Do you view tulpas as a psychological phenomenon, a metaphysical one, or both? Purely psychological, but I understand the significance of symbolic reasoning in humans, so I don't always speak in purely psychological terms. Were/was your tulpa(s) natural/pre-existing or were they intentionally created? Intentionally created, believe me. How long have you had your tulpa(s)? How long have you been active in the community (Tulpa.info, /r/tulpas, Tulpa.io, etc.) I've had Scarlet for four years now (since 8/15/12 according to my signature). I've been in the community since before tulpa.info whe
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