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  1. I corrected the first sentence and adjusted the wording of the use of "it" to describe tulpa throughout the guide, but excluding any sort of "here's how you should treat your tulpa morally" is intentional. I don't tend to believe those sections are productive, and I don't believe I should ascribe what is or isn't right when it comes to a person who makes a tulpa beyond what I outline in my first section in regards to having some mental stability before beginning the process. I may outline what I feel is moral or immoral in tulpamancy in another guide, or in a "big bunch of topics and my thoughts" guide/bundle, but not in this one. Holy mother of misspellings. Everything you listed should be corrected now. I really need to start copy pasting this stuff into word to do a spell check in the future. I adjusted my wording in the personality section to remove the implication that you *have* to create a personality, although I did not explicitly mention any alternatives. I want to keep things very tightly focused and on point, and talking about how you "could do x as well" is something I'd rather avoid. I feel that people can instead find those things out through their participation in the wider community and seeing one of the other guides that speak about those sorts of things.
  2. https://tulpa.org/Guide/ViewGuide/1 What is tulpamancy? Why does it exist? Most people think of themselves as the singular actor within their body. You choose to lift your arm, and up your arm goes. You choose to drop your arm, and it falls. However, the connection between the things you do and the fact that you feel as if you choose to do them is not as plain as it might seem. Tulpamancy assumes that your sense of self is malleable, and that rather than having a single actor who you recognize as creating all of your thoughts, your mind can be trained to divide the actions it takes into one or more identities. This process of training your mind is what this guide is all about. Examples of this phenomenon appear to be far more common than you might think when you look closely at popular culture. For example, authors and actors commonly report experiences of characters acting as if the author was not in control of them. More commonly, many find that they act as if they are a totally different person when put into a new social context. The practice of tulpamancy attempts to be both an explanation for these experiences and/or a means by which you can use this existing mental foundation to create an experience of there being more than just your current sense of self in your head. In this guide there will be four main steps in the creation of a new tulpa: Learn to create and address a consistent entity somewhere in your head. Create a personality, and associate it to that entity. Speak to the tulpa and build an expectation that it will respond to you. Learn to speak to your tulpa for longer durations of thought. Why try to manipulate your sense of self in this way? Tulpamancy is an experiment that can help teach you about the way your thoughts function and the nature of your experiences of yourself. A tulpa can create a feeling of friendship, act as a character brought to life, or serve as a means to hold a new point of view to help enhance your decision making process. If you are a person in a stable situation in life, then there is likely little to no harm in trying this out. If you are in a less stable place, under a lot of stress or diagnosed with a mental illness, I strongly recommend that you first speak to a therapist or doctor about the effects this sort of thing might have on you before you consider trying anything. The contents of this guide are somewhat different to the common ideals of tulpamancy. While it is still tulpamancy it is different enough that I've created an alternative guide which uses new terminology for the concept. That version of the guide is linked here, use whichever you prefer. Learning to address your tulpa. The first skill of interest when starting tulpamancy is your ability to create and address a tulpa. To get things started, attempt to imagine that there is an orb floating or sitting above a desk sitting nearby to you. Focus on that orb and speak to it using your thoughts. After getting used to speaking to this orb, turn away from that orb and think something to yourself. Do you notice a difference? As you speak to this orb on your desk, you will hopefully notice that there is some form of trigger or action in your mind that says to you "hey, this thought is directed at something that isn't me". You may experience it as a focus on the back of your head, a shift in the tone of your thoughts, a muscle tensing in your neck, or some other subtle shift. If you don't notice anything, try going back and forth a few times, and as you do you should hopefully notice some sort of difference. Once you become familiar with how you can address something else in your mind, you want to start training your mind to be used to the idea that there is this new tulpa sitting around in your head which can be addressed at any time, and isn't you. Currently, if you are left alone with your thoughts you won't think anything of it, but at the end of this step you should have some sense that there is a "someone else" sitting in the background which can be addressed at any moment. To accomplish this you can start to take every excuse you can to address thoughts to this new tulpa. Going grocery shopping? Address thoughts to this tulpa which describe what you are buying. Driving? Describe what's going on outside or where you are going. Waiting in line or in a waiting room? Talk about why it is that you think it's worth waiting in line. The more you interact through your day the better. The more time you spend addressing this tulpa, the more habitual and consistent the process of addressing thoughts to them will become. Early on, a lot of people will report that speaking to a new tulpa feels a bit silly, like they are speaking to themselves. By speaking to your tulpa constantly you are training your mind to get used to the fact that there is another entity inside of your head alongside yourself. If the feeling that you are talking to yourself fades away with time, that is a sure sign that you are making progress. Once you have a consistent target to which you can address your thoughts, you can move onto the next step of this guide. Creating a personality for your tulpa. With the ability to address your tulpa, your next step is to build a personality and associate it to your tulpa. Normally you learn to understand someone's personality by being around them and speaking to them a lot. However, the tulpa you just created is not exactly going to be doing a whole lot at the moment, and you aren't going to learn a lot about their personality by observing them doing nothing. Instead, the most direct path forward is to explicitly create a personality for your tulpa. Doing this requires you write stories and imagine the traits and behaviors that your tulpa will hold. Defining a personality can be hard, but fortunately there are a large number of resources out there on how to go about doing it. Resources on character creation for authors, worldbuilders, DnD games, video games, or other media are plentiful, free, and very useful for this process. The advice of those people is going to be far better than any advice you can get from this guide. After a quick google search, the following resources show up. Be sure you do some of your own research as well, as the above examples are just a small selection of what is available. writers digest well storied life rich publishing writing cooperative ellen brock editing tv tropes Once you read a bunch of these resources and do some of your own research, you may want to consider doing some of the following. Write a character sheet. Describe situations that your tulpa might be in and the way they'd react. Imagine your tulpa in your day to day life and think about the way they would react compared to yourself. Write short stories featuring your tulpa. Any other activity you can think of which may build your real-world working knowledge of the personality your tulpa holds. Authors will often describe characters they've been writing for years and years appearing to write their own stories by speaking in the author's mind rather than needing to be explicitly written out. What you are doing by memorizing a personality is to piggyback on this phenomena. You are creating a strong sense of who your tulpa is so that your mind will eventually be able to generate thoughts for them without much prompting or reason. Once you have a reasonably strong sense of the personality of your tulpa, and you could probably guess what they'd do in a large variety of situations, you should be ready to move onto the next step of this guide. Building expectation and habit to generate responses You may have noticed in the past that you will sometimes think thoughts you never really intended to think when you are in a risky situation. An example of this would be a button which, if pressed, would detonate the next three city blocks. Assuming you aren't the sort to want to press such a button, you'd probably find yourself imagining what would happen if you wildly waved your arms and pressed the button as you stood next to it. These intrusive thoughts are theorized to have come about as a way for you mind to remind itself "hey, this would be bad, I shouldn't do it". Nonetheless, intrusive thoughts often leave a person confused as to why they are considering such a dangerous activity. These intrusive thoughts are a great example of how we aren't exactly as in control over our thoughts as we are commonly led to think. In this step of the guide you will be aiming to leverage these tendencies in order to train your mind to act as your tulpa without your explicit intent. In the previous two steps of this guide, you've been on the road to that goal. With an ability for your thoughts to be directed to your tulpa, and a strong knowledge of the way your tulpa behaves, your mind should already be primed to start thinking as this tulpa without your prompting. Consider that you had to create a way to direct thoughts towards your tulpa earlier in this guide. This time around you will be doing the reverse. Instead of learning to direct thoughts to your tulpa you will be tricking your mind into thinking as your tulpa, and using those thoughts to build up a feeling of what it means for your tulpa to be speaking to you. To kick this process into gear, try to start asking your tulpa simple questions at random points while you speak to them through the day. Examples of such questions might be "Do you like the taste of this food?" or "What is your favorite color". If you have defined a personality already, try asking things that you are fairly confident you know the answer to. If you haven't chosen to define a personality, try to ask questions to things that are obvious in general, like the color of the sky or if ice cream tastes good. Your aim is to ask questions whose answers can be generated without a ton of thought or effort so that the barrier to your mind generating a response is as low as it can possibly be. As you ask these questions, you might notice at some point that somewhere in the back of your head you think of an answer. This thought should be considered as a response from your tulpa, and will likely have a few traits. You did not explicitly intend to think the thought, as you would imagine a character speaking to you. The thought is spoken from the viewpoint of your tulpa. The response feels like something you thought, but also feels slightly as if it was not you. Getting a response at these early stages is a combination of dumb luck and skill. The more easily your mind is able to think with this new personality, the more likely you will be to observe thoughts which feel as if they were not intentionally created by you. However, like figuring out the solution to a math problem or a tricky puzzle, sometimes you can be the most intelligent person in the world and just never make the correct guess required to find a solution. In this case, finding the right state of mind to trick your brain into doing the right thing can be hard. Just keep on trying to address your tulpa while expecting your mind to think for it, and try to do a variety of different things until it finally clicks for you. Another thing you can consider if you are having trouble is that people tend to do when asking their tulpa simple questions is to still their thoughts in order to listen for responses. If this technique does not work for you, try to instead not quiet your thoughts at all and learn to listen to your mind as it runs wild. Quieting your mind's thoughts can lead to you also silencing or ignoring the part of your mind that is generating the idle thoughts which this guide relies on. Once you have these simple responses, keep on asking questions and getting more responses. The more often you can get your mind to think in the context of your tulpa and successfully identify those moments, the better you will be at instinctually recognizing such moments in the future. As time passes you will hopefully develop a sense of the "voice" of your tulpa. The more you speak, the more you will build up a collection of associations and context clues that will pair the act of your mind thinking with this tulpa with a strong feeling that it is another voice in your head speaking to you. Once you've spent a few weeks to a few months in normal communication, and can reliably get responses from your tulpa on a wide variety of topics, you can move onto the next step of this guide. Internal Mechanics and Fantasy As you work on associating automatic responses to your tulpa you will likely discover that your mind makes certain assumptions about the way things should work during communication. These little behaviors, called internal mechanics in this guide, are created due to your mind creating layers of expected behavior atop the tulpa you've been making so far. The following are examples of internal mechanics. Keep in mind that these examples are limited, while the number of possible mechanics is nearly infinite. If you have to relay sensations to your tulpa instead is assuming they share your senses. Noticing that your tulpa gets tired or runs out of energy after a long communication session. Requiring some sort of trinket or reminder in order to properly be able to associate thoughts with your tulpa. In the same way that your expectations can result in your mind creating the words of your tulpa, they can also lead to your mind creating systems and behaviors that will be followed while speaking to your tulpa. The unique set of mechanics and behaviors you experience while working with your tulpa will be different for everyone who attempts to practice tulpamancy. Where one person may experience reports of their tulpa having to sleep, eat, getting tired, and needing to be imagined as "nearby" in order to be heard, another person may experience their tulpa doing none of those things. What occurs is entirely a construct, something you go along with for fun and accept as real simply because it's more interesting to do so. Additionally, you can engage in fantasy while interacting with your tulpa. Imagining your tulpa having a body, imagining that body in the room nearby to you, imagining a world inside of your head where you interact with your tulpa, and so on and so forth, are all things that you can do should you wish to have those experiences. As is the case with internal mechanics, the sky is the limit when it comes to this, and you can do anything within your imagination. The only important note to make while doing so is that these things are fantasy, and you should not allow your fantasies to get out of hand or take them as seriously as if they were real life occurrences. Generating complex responses Assuming you've been following only this guide, you've been using your mind's ability to quickly generate thoughts in order to jumpstart the process of getting responses under your tulpa. This engine to produce thoughts is great, because it feels independent from your mind and is easy to kick into action, but it will often fail to produce thoughts which are more complex. While you may be able to hold a conversation with your tulpa using these sorts of responses, you are likely to notice that the responses you recieive are inconsistent and lack thought. This can be solved by learning to listen to your tulpa think, allowing your tulpa to produce responses with the same engine of thought that your own idle thoughts derive from. Inside of your mind, your thoughts are likely running in a constant loop of self-evaluation. You have thoughts, you listen to those thoughts, and you think new thoughts based on what you did just a moment ago. Up to this point, you've likely never had thoughts associated with your tulpa fall under this loop. Instead, you likely consider almost all of the actions of the mind as yourself, and only the special cases where a thought is generated in association to your tulpa as not yourself. Due to this, when your mind sets about processing and understanding the context of a thought which fell under your tulpa, you experience it as yourself explaining and rationalizing why your tulpa did what it did. If you learn to sit back and allow this process to be associated with your tulpa instead of yourself, you should experience your tulpa being able to take a thought, look it over, and expand on it just as you do now. This process is similar to some forms of meditation where you learn to let your thoughts go wild without you. You may want to reference this sort of meditation if you end up having troubles or are curious about the topic. An important step in the ability to listen to your tulpa is the ability to prime your thoughts. Doing this involves being able to intentionally reproduce the state of mind you enter after you address your tulpa but before you get a response. As you become more and more practiced at normal communication with your tulpa, your familiarity with this state of mind and your ability to reproduce it should increase. Your end goal is to be able to get into this state of mind without asking a question or addressing your tulpa, and to be able to hold onto that state of mind for a long duration of time, or at least a minite or two. To start the process of hearing your tulpa think, you should seek a neutral space with a good number of things that can be observed or thought about. This could be a quiet living room filled with various decorations, or your bedroom at a peaceful time of day. Optimally, you want to be in some sort of sitution in which there are lots of little things around from which your mind can grab topics like "wow this room is nice". While these things are not strictly necessary, the more opportunity for idle thought on the part of your mind, the better. To really begin, try to step back from your thoughts. Unfocus your eyes, stare at a boring wall or rest your head back, and try not to direct or control what you are thinking. After a moment of silence, you'll likely notice the ever-running engine of thought ticking away in the background. Topics tend to be left incomplete, and you'll find yourself picking and prodding at seemingly random sources to think thoughts about. It could be the details of the boring wall you are looking at, or something that happened through the day, or your opinions on this very guide. Whatever it is, once this idle thought engine is running without your active input, you should have a good sense of what it means to step back from your thoughts. Finally, attempt to do the above while priming your mind to think under the scope of your tulpa. Focus on them as you step back from your thoughts, and if you are lucky those idle thoughts which were once yours will start to either bounce back between your own sense of self and your tulpa, or hold steady in their new voice and cadence. Early on, you'll likely notice that you have a tendency to respond to your tulpa during this time, especially to serve as a way to compare and contrast your own thoughts with the "primed" thoughts that fall under your tulpa. Don't try too hard to supress this, just go with the flow and encourage your mind to speak as your tulpa wherever possible. With your thoughts well primed and your usual self observing you can start to look around the room you are in and focus on various objects which your tulpa may find interesting to comment on. As these thoughts come in, your aim is to observe that thought without commenting on it. You should be able to keep on priming your mind and start listening for the next thought. If you are lucky, you should see your mind thinking further thoughts under your tulpa, leading to your tulpa carrying on a narrative of thought without your intervention. As a very crude case study, imagine a tulpa whose main personality traits so far can be outlined as such: They grew up in a place where everyone was expected to sacrifice themselves for their community. They've been at odds with nature for a very long time, and wherever they lived has had a ton of flooding. Consider a situation in which your tulpa somehow ended up on the topic "Why are people arguing against building a flood wall on the river?". Rather than asking your tulpa what they think of these people, and getting a "That's selfish" response a moment later, you may notice something akin to the following while listening to your tulpa: "A person should always put the community above themselves." ... "The flood wall would help a ton of people" ... "What happens if it floods and people die?" Note that these responses aren't addressed to you, and are instead "first person" like your own thoughts when you consider a topic. This sort of running narrative is what you are looking to generate by learning to put yourself in the "listening" state of mind. As time passes, you should be able to apply this listening technique to questions, or when you are going about your day doing something mundane like shopping. With time and practice, it may well be possible to have this sort of "listening state" be a more common engine for your tulpa to produce thoughts than the earlier gap-fill engine taught in this guide. If all else fails, simply try to listen to your tulpa speak. Sometimes just doing what feels natural to you can be far more effective than any amount of advice that could be given here.
  3. You can create a custom stream and exclude forum games from the stream as to see all the serious stuff, I have a new "serious stream" that shows all unread posts in a handful of the forum's more on topic threads now, and that seems to be working well. 1) Activity -> my activity streams -> create new stream 2) under content types, check "Topics" then select the gear next to the icon 3) pick the forums you want to see from the box that pops up, and set up all the other settings (should be pretty self explanatory, just set them as you'd prefer) 4) once you create the stream it should show up under activity -> my activity streams -> custom streams 5) With a custom stream created, you can add it to your home screen with the following button (appears once you open your stream) Once that's checked it'll appear up in the top right of your forum and is easily accessed for daily post checking. I believe you can only check this for one stream, but I'm not sure about that.
  4. Happy new year, happy new forum.
  5. When a person appears to be particularly gullible, prone to "fantastically minded thinking", and/or appears to be very young or mentally ill, I tend to believe it's a good idea to warn them off. In general, I think you need a strong sense of reason and understanding of yourself before you start something like tulpamancy. Side effects of lacking this trait may result in: Escapism. Too many tulpas due to considering intrusive thoughts as tulpa. Hostile tulpa or tulpa created from negative intrusive thoughts. Tales of stories involving their tulpa that appear incredibly in depth or detailed and "fantastic" which mislead the average newcomer into expecting similar experiences. It also opens up the community to cult-like figures building up groups of people who aren't prone to critical thought and telling them what they want to hear, manipulating them, and so on and so forth.
  6. If you want to make a tulpa, you might want to be bored every once in a while. This may be pretty obvious all things considered, because people recommend meditation all the time and what I'm doing here is basically recommending that you take some time to meditate every day, but I think this is something a bit distinct from meditation as well. In your day-to-day life you are almost always engaged with something that is requiring your attention, the feedback loop of action and reaction goes from your action to the object you are working on be it a person or a computer or some music and then back to you. During this process a lot of people tend to get to a stage of thought where they don't really think of themselves in a third person perspective. There is no you when you are typing on a computer, or responding to what someone says, there are only your thoughts in the process of putting those thoughts into words. There is no you when you are heavily involved in a videogame, there is only the reactions you have in the moment to the game. This is clearly a problem for tulpa, because if there is no you in the first place or if there is no real focus on observing yourself then there is not going to be much room in your thoughts for a second self to start showing up. With this in mind, I think it may be beneficial to take some time out of your day to get to a point where your thoughts are largely focused on yourself. Get to a stage where you aren't doing anything but thinking and relaxing. Don't try to clear your mind, don't try to focus your thoughts on some goal or destination, don't attempt to "go with the flow". Instead, just sit in a quiet room and be, think about whatever you want, do whatever you want, just make sure that whatever you are doing or thinking about your thoughts are focused only within your head. No TV, no music, nothing that can take your focus out of yourself. In the purpose of this is not to increase your focus, or to help you think better, or to give you better brain waves. It isn't to meditate or build a skill. It is entirely for the purpose of giving you time in which you are thinking about yourself and existing with your own thoughts rather than thinking about something in front of you or something you are interacting with. I would guess that it would also be best not do this while laying in your bed or in a position associated with sleep, because that is how you fall asleep, and you are not trying to fall asleep. You don't want a peaceful mind, you want an active mind without a "thing" to focus on. I do not think this should be a time in which you only active force. That way it doesn't become something strictly associated with tulpa and you can have your tulpa existing in a context that is not purely associated with you trying to create them. Instead, you could use the moment to do all sorts of things as a part of your daily routine. The idea would be that when you are mulling about your thoughts your tulpa will have more room to interject and get involved with your conversation, unlike when you are strongly focused on something else. Additionally, it can just be fun to do. As a side note to this post, to those who are dealing with doubt on this topic, it probably isn't a big deal if your tulpa does not respond or does not exist in the moment when you are focused on things that are not yourself. A concept of self is something that takes time and effort to develop. To have a concept that is so strong that it remains in play when you are strongly focused on an activity is probably beyond which most will ever be able to accomplish. Don't get too antsy if your tulpa doesn't exist when you are busy, as it may well be true that you sometimes don't exist when you are busy as well.
  7. Jean is going for the ultimate cross site scripting attack. Convince the admins to put the js code in the page for you.
  8. One thing I would say is that I would probably explain your experiences with your tulpa being active while you are busy as an example of abstraction that lives on top of that word you don't want to say. So I'm less saying that those things are really happening in more saying that they are happening well enough that you may as well act as if they are and believe it. The fact that it may be confabulation is not impactful or meaningful to your day-to-day experiences, although I do believe it's important to keep a strong bead on the core drivers of your experience while you accept your experiences as valid and real. Or maybe I wouldn't say that it is only something like confabulation, because I think there's probably more to it than that, but I guess my whole point is that it doesn't matter or that this is a way to think about things that helps it not matter.
  9. Something I think is very significant for the topic of tulpamancy is the idea that a person can experience things which may not necessarily be happening in their head. These constructs, or abstractions, are something that I think are valuable to look for in tulpamancy. This is for two big reasons. The first is that abstractions enable experiences that we could not otherwise have. An example of this would be a tulpa that has to eat every day. Someone makes a tulpa and ends up thinking "hey my tulpa needs to eat", and every day they imagine sitting down with her tulpa and eating. If they don't do that the tulpa complains that they're hungry. Another example of an abstraction would be our sense of identity itself. The mind is a very complicated very nuanced machine, and boiling it down to any number of 'people' is simplifying and wiping clean a ton of the complexity of the thoughts we are generating every day. However, since all of our thoughts are reasonably connected and since we observe ourselves throughout the day it is convenient to simplify that process in the something that is easily understood and worked with. The second big factor for abstractions is that they enable us to understand and accept seemingly absurd statements or situations coming from people. I think it is clear that a tulpa does not need to eat, sleep, breathe, or do just about anything. There is no practical reason for it, because a tulpa exists inside of your head. However, we should be prepared when someone says that they have a tulpa that has to eat every day, gets glowing red eyes whenever they walk out in the sun, or any other unnecessary behavior. If we cast their experience through the lens of abstraction, we can look at them and we can say genuinely that we believe their experiences are valid. There's nothing wrong with a tulpa that has to eat or sleep, and there are tons of people who have experiences with tulpa which have no practical basis but yet are real fundamental things that are just part of what Tulpamancy is to a person. Any framework for understanding the practice needs to include all of these little variations to help people and experience Tulpamancy, exclude them and your explanations for this practice will be incomplete. Please keep in mind that I am giving terrible terrible examples of abstractions. There are people out there with wonderful and crazy awesome little behaviors and details to their tulpa's/wonderlands. Eating and sleeping are some of the most dull, boring, and generally uninteresting examples of what you can do with an abstraction. Looking at a person at a whole and trying to make sense of all of the abstractions they've built in their head leads into what I refer to as their internal mechanics. Some people may find that their mindset is a very sterile thing where the tulpa does not need to eat sleep or do just about anything at all. Another person may find that their tulpa has to sleep and eat all the time, will complain if they don't get enough sunlight and runabout in the day, and gets lonely if they haven't spoken to enough people on the outside world. A third person may find that their tulpa has to recharge every day by sitting on a wireless charger in the room. They may find that instead of needing to speak to people they need to interact with the computer for some number of hours of the day or go online. Each of these examples is an example of someone who has a different set of internal mechanics. The key idea to saying that you have internal mechanics is to say that you are going to have a bias towards a certain system of thought. That bias may change over time, but when you begin making a tulpa you need to keep in mind that you were going to have these biases and that when you begin forcing you were going to be discovering how you think as much as you are learning how to make a tulpa. So it is a fools errand to ask if a tulpa needs to sleep, if they will need to depends entirely on who you are and the way you think. The possibilities are immeasurable, and the different ways you can go about things are fascinating and inspiring. I think it is very important to consider this aspect of Tulpamancy, and even encourage it. Being involved in at least a little bit of world building and curiosity and imagination when you are dealing with Tulpamancy is a great way to keep people engaged and encourages people to love spending time with this practice. To throw that away because it "isn't real" throws the baby out with the bathwater. So sit back and relax, enjoy the breeze and accept that the people around you are having experiences that aren't drilled down into the nitty-gritty of reality. It's a lot a lot more fun that way.
  10. I used to think that there are two types of tulpa. Tulpa which are created through addition, and tulpa that are created through reduction. The basic idea was that a tulpa created through addition was created through the host thinking of their tulpa through the day, while a tulpa created through reduction was largely created through a host learning to reduce who they are in the scope of their mind to make room for them to consider themselves in a more basic level is more than one person. I was speaking to a number of people in a chat room a while back and I feel like that concept may need to be revisited. Instead of applying the idea of addition and reduction to the tulpas themselves I think it might be better to apply the idea of addition and reduction to the actual individual behaviors of the tulpa, rather than the tulpa as a whole. A very big clear example of an additive versus a reductive practice in tulpamancy would be the difference between switching and possession. When a person possesses they tend to experience themselves as moving, and the fact that their arm is moving on behalf of someone else. The tulpa is acting in addition to the host. This is opposed to switching, where the host steps back or totally redefines their sense of identity such that they feel that all of their actions and all of their thoughts no longer belong to themselves, but instead are the actions of their tulpa. In general an additive technique is when you do something that attempts to get your tulpa to act in response to or in the context of something you do. A reductive technique is when you step back from something you normally do or redefine your sense of identity during that normal activity in order to allow your tulpa to do that thing. I've seen a few people guess that "addition" and "reduction" may end up being a rough guesstimation for skill or progress, where a early tulpa is largely by addition whiel a weak tulpa is largely by reduction. I'm not super sure about this connection, myself. Both can be complicated, and I am sure that there are many who found that stepping back from their thoughts is far easier than adding on top of them because of the nature of keeping things in mind while you are busy doing other stuff. Overall, rather than saying that a tulpa is a "tulpa by addition" or a "tulpa by reduction, I think this concept is better used as a tool to understand where you are at and what you can change then it is a means for you to group yourself into one or another category. I would love to hear anyone's thoughts they might have on this concept, because this is all still very much up in the air and open to debate and speculation. I would also love to hear if anyone has any other possible examples of practices or behaviors which you've observed that might fit the model I have described in this post.
  11. There are a ton of things I could potentially talk about on the topic. But I only have a few minutes, so this is all I am going to say on this one: The biggest and oldest change for me was turning away from the word "placebo" used to define tulpamancy. A big part of my thought process in that was to describe the idea that a person essentially is fooling themselves into thinking the tulpa exists, when they really "don't exist". This changed in a few ways, albeit somewhat subtle ways. Nowadays, I like to think of tulpa as less a placebo and more as a set of habits and behaviors that all sort of intersect to form an experience. Where a placebo might be a thought summoned in an instant, a delusion you create and live, this alternative viewpoint puts a lot more credibility in tulpamancy as the experiences are built out of things you have to train yourself to do over time. Another big avenue of change within this has been the shift in my outlook on the things that tulpa do. Where before, should a person have had a tulpa that was out of control, I might have said "just stop thinking that is valid". That is something I no longer do, and I look at a lot of the things that drive tulpamancy as beyond immediate control. I think it's possible to, for example, have a tulpa with form, personality, and more, defined outside of the "host's" immediate control. Another big change has been my outlook on the intersection of things like depression and tulpamancy. I have, in the past, and to some extent in the present, always tried to discourage people in a bad place to make tulpa because of a two part fear. Firstly, that it would produce cult-like behaviors in that we are giving people an esoteric "cure' for their problems. Secondly, out of a belief that these people are hurting their lives by turning to escapism. I now tend to think more that these people are fine to make a tulpa, and that it can help them. However, I still fear the cult potential and believe a happy medium is to help those who discover tulpamancy and feel it might help them but, but to NEVER offer tulpamancy as a cure to their issues. This is something I am swinging back and forth on quite a bit, so I still have yet to find a good happy medium.
  12. I want to say that you need to take a lot of caution with this. A tulpa can help you out a lot in your life, that shouldn't be underplayed, but if you fail to keep a sound mind through the process tulpamancy can end up making things a lot worse as all your insecurities and worries are given voice.
  13. What is interesting is that you might have accidentally posted a data URL sort of thing where it's literally counting the image data as characters.
  14. I had less intent to focus on the independence of tulpa and more intent to focus on the nature of the thoughts a tulpa produces. What I am largely talking about, for example, would be less if you could create or think of an unexpected pun, but if you could unexpectedly form a "deep" opinion and express that deep opinion while operating "in the background". Lets imagine a tulpa responds to you reading a bit online with "I don't like that". This would be a simple thought. Meanwhile, a thought more akin to "I don't like this because this person is doing is repeating what they said in their last post.". My question is less one of independence and more the nature of tulpas who produce these sorts of complex thoughts. What seems to be common in the responses so far is that the tulpa doesn't think complex thoughts until they are "in awareness" and thinking with/along side of the host, or are switched. It is my guess that there are two layers to thought. The simple reactive thoughts, and the "conscious loop" that grabs onto and builds from those fast reactive thoughts. A tulpa is easily made to act randomly through simple reactive thoughts, but to engage them into more complex thoughts may require the abandonment of the "black box" model.
  15. Thanks to everyone for their input so far. It looks a lot to me like my thoughts are at least supported by some percentage of the experiences of the community, which makes me think it may be a good idea to move forward and put this sort of advice into a guide. The gap would be one of development, and I don't mean to necessarily imply that it happens to everyone, just to those who attempt to make a tulpa with a certain mindset. The gap would be when a person with said mindset hits the limitations of their mindset and has to change their mindset in order to make progress. If you imagine tulpamancy as a slowly progressing skill, it ceases to a halt once a person has a tulpa that can communicate simple thoughts and the person in question is trying to get their tulpa to have more complex ones. A complex thought would be akin to a multiple choice question. A simple thought would be something that can be quickly reacted to. A person saying "jump!" when they see something headed towards them is a simple thought. A person saying "Well, I've thought about the question you gave me, and while I do feel that X and Y, I also feel that X, so ultimately I am going to have to go ahead and W". Tulpas are much less commonly doing the latter sort of thing, while many tulpas get to the point of doing the former. Sorry if that still is not clear. I am not sure how else to explain things. The gap I propose is not necessarily something I believe will happen to everyone. I think that if you start with a mindset where you believe you will hear the tulpa as they think, the gap will never exist, but if you start with a mindset that the tulpa's thoughts *must* come from the background, then the gap will show up once you reach the limitations of thoughts that do not require re-examination.
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