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On 3/21/2021 at 4:00 PM, StudentGuest said:

1. How was your tulpa(s) formed? Was there a specific event in your life that caused the creation of your tulpa(s) or caused you to create one? 

 

2.Are tulpa(s) made from will or does something such as a traumatic event need to occur in order to gain one?

 

3.. Before having a tulpa were you experiencing any mental illnesses? 

 

4.. If so, did your tulpa help with your mental illness by helping you gain a better mental health through increased feelings of positivity and happiness? 

 

5.. Are there only positive outcomes with having a tulpa or are there negative outcomes as well? If so, what are some of the negative outcomes you have experienced? How have they affected you? 

 

6. How has your life changed positively and negatively after gaining your tulpa? 

 

7. Have you told any of your family or friends about your tulpa? What were there reactions? How did you react to their reactions?

 

8. What do you think are some of the most common misconceptions tulpamancers and the tulpa community as a whole face? 

 

Maybe your assignment's already done by now, but I'll answer anyway.

 

1. I saw that there was this thing you could do to have a thoughtform resident in your mind that doesn't leave but was different from an imaginary friend, I found that pretty intriguing, so I read some guides and "tried it". Honestly the event that triggered it was depression mixed with lack of social interaction.

 

2. Tulpas are typically made from will, but there are other thoughtforms that can appear once the door's open so to speak. Walk-ins can be instant and occur without will, but they're not necessarily traumagenic. Alts appear without will and are traumagenic. They're only for people who had trauma early in childhood and aren't necessarily independent of the host, they can be groups of facets that fragment and separate from the original to secure and hide memories of events or handle certain situations. 

 

3. Depression 

 

4. Yes, I attribute my current wellbeing to them wholeheartedly. I went from basically out of control intrusive thoughts, self-loathing, self-blaming, self-harming, low self-esteem to a content, happy, self-loving, high self-esteem person. It's night and day, hell vs heaven. I owe them for most if not all of that transformation.

 

5. There can be problems for a couple reasons. Doubt can overwhelm you and if you were dependent on their existence in an ungrounded way, it can be pretty devastating especially since you may lose faith in them and still be haunted by their remnants. I personally have not experienced any negative consequences. There was no down side for me at all.

 

6. See number 4 above. I am quite happy with them.

 

7. In October 2018, I tested the water with an old friend and they avoided the subject. I haven't tried to tell anyone else, even before that we didn't really care nor wish to be known as plural outside of this community.

 

8. When I told others on Discord, they knew about DID and just thought it was something like that, which it's not. The spirituality community has a similar concept which has a lot of overlap but taps into intuition more, called spirit guides. I consider many of the members of my system spirit guides or guardian angels. For me, their's very little woowoo about it, but sometimes they know things I can't imagine I would have known. I attribute that to them being able to access different obscure memories from their unique perspective more than anything external or paranormal. It is sometimes therefore misconstrued as paranormal, but it's no more paranormal than common dreams in my opinion. I keep an open mind, but to talk about things in this community that are outside of the doctrinal narrative, you have to lable it metaphysical even if that's not your belief or intent. It's a science community in that way, where only ordained experiences are accepted without labeling it metaphysical. 

 

I believe this practice is purely psychological but that supposes that what we know of as psychological is a tiny fraction of what's possible.

 

 

 

 

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On 3/22/2021 at 12:00 AM, StudentGuest said:

Hello! I am a student working on a research essay regarding the tulpa community and I have a couple of questions for any tulpamancers who would be willing to answer them and provide me with further to knowledge to aid me in completing this research essay. I apologize in advance if my questions or anything I say come across as offensive, that is not my intention but if it comes across as such please kindly educate me so I can correct my mistakes. Free to answer how many you'd like.

 

1. How was your tulpa(s) formed? Was there a specific event in your life that caused the creation of your tulpa(s) or caused you to create one? 

 

2.Are tulpa(s) made from will or does something such as a traumatic event need to occur in order to gain one?

 

3.. Before having a tulpa were you experiencing any mental illnesses? 

 

4.. If so, did your tulpa help with your mental illness by helping you gain a better mental health through increased feelings of positivity and happiness? 

 

5.. Are there only positive outcomes with having a tulpa or are there negative outcomes as well? If so, what are some of the negative outcomes you have experienced? How have they affected you? 

 

6. How has your life changed positively and negatively after gaining your tulpa? 

 

7. Have you told any of your family or friends about your tulpa? What were there reactions? How did you react to their reactions?

 

8. What do you think are some of the most common misconceptions tulpamancers and the tulpa community as a whole face? 

 

 

 

 


1. Most of my tulpas began as daydream characters. I’ve had an overactive imagination since always and I channeled that a lot into daydreaming when I was younger. (Okay, I still do, but nowadays I use daydreaming more to fuel my writing than as a hobby in itself.)

 

Besides them, I created one tulpa because I wanted to go through tulpa creation in the “proper” way, one was created by another tulpa, and three(?) more came about through wonderland drama that’s honestly laughably bad because our head was more like a bad fanfiction than anything else (at least, it would’ve been if we’d had more fictives).

 

2. Tulpas are usually made intentionally, though accidental tulpas have happened, and a dangerous trend has taken over of accepting every random character your imagination comes up with is a potential tulpa. Tulpas aren’t formed by trauma; those are alters, which is something entirely different (DID/OSDD).

 

3. Generalized anxiety disorder and OCD. I’m also autistic.

 

4-5. Hell no. It’s a long story, but there’s a thread in General Discussion where I’ve talked a bit about my experiences with tulpas, intrusive thoughts, and OCD. (I’m on mobile, so it isn’t convenient to link, but the thread is titled “Intrusive Thoughts Are Not Your Tulpa”.) If you’d like, I can also dig up the link to a Reddit thread where I’ve talked in more detail about my experiences. Long story short, a predisposition toward misinterpreting and obsessing over negative intrusive thoughts (OCD) plus a dogmatic insistence that your imaginary friend is a real person and dismissing any thoughts that may have come from them is basically abuse (tulpamancy) is just asking for disaster.

 

6. Besides spending six and a half years deep in a pseudoscientific cult being mentally and emotionally screwed over by the dogmatic beliefs of said cult and toxic relationships with people who were literally only figments of my imagination, realizing how much of my life had revolved around the whims of my imaginary friends, and coming out of it all feeling like I’d been stripped of my identity, not to mention being terrified of the power I perceived my imagination to have over me? (Sorry, I’m still bitter. I want those years of my life back, or at least to heal from all the scars they left me with.)

 

7. My mom never said anything negative, but she didn’t really believe it and didn’t understand (or rather, her rationality made my irrational self feel misunderstood), so we never really talked about it until I quit tulpamancy. Still didn’t talk to her much about it then besides seeking validation I was making the right decision; she didn’t seem to understand what a huge chunk of my life I was turning away from or how important and real my relationships with my tulpas had been to me, or the fear I had of them resurfacing.

 

I also told a couple friends about my tulpas. I don’t remember her initial reaction, though she spoke with my tulpas online a few times in the past. We never really talked about it with each other besides the initial conversation, and looking back she was probably just humoring me when she responded to my tulpas. It’s been years since the last time I’ve said anything about tulpas to her or since she’s interacted with any of mine, so either she still thinks I’ve got imaginary friends I think are real, or she’s just forgotten.

 

The other friend, well, it was one of my tulpas who told her. He wanted to be friends with her, I said no because I didn’t want her to think I was crazy, and eventually he sent her an email explaining it all. She called me later and had some questions but seemed to accept it. They exchanged emails for awhile and spoke in person once, but that was all.

 

8. That tulpamancy is giving yourself DID/schizophrenia, that the tulpa community is all people intentionally roleplaying, and within the tulpa community... that it’s harmless and that pseudoscience is scientific fact. Also that having imaginary friends makes you legitimately plural.

I come out of hibernation once in a blue moon.

 

They/them pronouns, please. (I've been using this display name since 2012 and people won't recognize me if I change it.)

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