Thank you for contributing to this pilot survey for an ongoing study on the cognitive and cultural dimensions of Tulpa theory and practice conducted by Dr. Veissière at McGill University.
The information collected in this questionnaire is volontary and anynymous. Should you be worried about being identified by other members of the community, you and your Tulpae are encouraged to use pseudonyms.
Please note that I aim to be transparent in my assumptions and methodology. While further participant observation and testing will be required to reach tentative conclusions, rest assured that my aims are to describe the community in a positive light. I have no interest in presenting Tulpamancy as a pathology or brain-disease of any kind. Rather, I aim to show that dissociative agency, the projection of intentionality to non-physical agents, and the exploration of non-normative mental states and sensory experiences reflect properties and possibilities of the human mind that are undertheorized and rarely used in most contemporary settings. I hope to understand why and how Tulpamancers achieve such praxis, and investigate its implications for normalizing, working with, and alleviating states of consciousness that are considered 'pathological' in most of the biomedical literature and practice. The questions about 'symptoms' at the end of the survey, as such, are not intended to link Tulpamancing abilities with any personality 'type'. As an anthropologist, I understand that ‘symptoms’ and beliefs, like any system of shared representations, preferences and experiences, tend to concentrate within specific historical and demographic niches; I aim to understand and explain trends, but not individual minds. Please feel free to contact me for any questions you might have about the study and/or how the information you contributed will be interpreted and used.
Thanks again you for your valued contribution.
Samuel Veissière, PhD.
Cognitive Science Program & Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, McGill University.