This is a first of a few shorts about various tulpamancy practices. I want to focus on debunking few ideas and try to reason on why they can make sense at the same time.
This first post is about developing a tulpa’s personality.
Why not to focus on personality?
Personality is a set of individual differences that are affected by the development of an individual: values, attitudes, personal memories, social relationships, habits, and skills.wikipedia
Tulpa-based consciousnesses have their own, distinct personalities. Several guides suggest creating a list of personality traits and even give a starting vocabulary of traits to use.
The problem with those is that personality is something that develops with experience. No person is born with a set personality; instead, parents, environment and the society develop it.
It is not possible to create someone that ‘likes to study math’. It is possible to grow up, enjoying to study math, however. A big part of defining a personality is coming up with own morality – the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Personality develops as the consciousness is fed with new experiences and learns how to react to external stimuli.
Why to focus on personality?
Arguably, a distinct personality is the most important part of creating a new consciousness, through tulpamancy of whatever. It is hard in case of a tulpa, because host and tulpa are usually subject to a set of very similar external stimuli, sharing the physical body.
However, a mental stimulation can be a substitute for real-world experience, meaning that imagined experience can be as influential (see also Mental Simulation as Substitute for Experience. This is the point where consciousness, growing from a tulpa, will diverge from the other personalities in the same brain.
The new consciousness will create its personal memories, build its social circle. It is important to guide it as it discovers the life values. To go down to the basics and elaborate on why one thinks some things are “right” and others are “wrong”. Communicating high-level concepts, like “hardworking”, carries a lot of originating consciousness’ personal affiliation and values and it is not much useful. Communicating basics allows the new consciousness to develop its values and facilitates in forming of its personality.