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Vocalization and Parrot Talk
Been thinking about writing up some guides to tulpamancy. Mostly because I got my own way of doing things, so maybe it'll help someone out reading about how my peeps and I operate.
This is just what I developed over the years of experience, and just reading as many guides out there as I could.
You don't have to do it word-for-word, but it's just a sort of inspiration and springboard to get you going. Though maybe you find that it's not for you, and that's totally fine.
You do you, peep 👉👉
Vocalization is an important aspect of the journey to making a tulpa. It's how you and your peep can talk to each other within your mind, and have a proper conversation; a step up from just them communicating with you through emotions and images.
It's one of the things that tells you that you're on the way to having a full, independent, and sentient tulpa!
But it can be difficult to accomplish. Especially when you're just at the beginning of your journey. You probably feel that you have to work super hard and wait, until that one fateful day when you hear a real and genuine response from your tulpa.
But you don't have to! (Well you still have to work at it, but hopefully, this will help ease the road to getting there to be a little easier).
You have to remember that not only is this a learning process for you, but for your tulpa as well. They're learning about themselves as much as you are about them, and they are also learning more about the world around you. Which is why a part of this guide puts a lot of emphasis on narration and conversation.
They won't have all your memories or knowledge right off the bat. So you have to teach them and answer their questions. Explain to them how the world works, what is rain, what a train is, what food you're eating, what kind of song you're listening to, and so on and so forth.
This guide will touch on vocalization and narration techniques that will hopefully be helpful to not just beginners, but anyone who wants to improve on vocalization.
But before any of that, you have to get to the basics first. You have to teach your tulpa how to speak.
And you can do that by the method of parroting.
🌙Drawbacks and Warnings for Parroting🌙
There is a reason why parroting is not exactly well-looked upon in the community, and in a sense, almost feared.
Mostly because if you've grown used to talking to yourself, when will you know if it's just you still talking to yourself or it's really your tulpa?
That sort of uncertainty can get really bad at times. It brings a lot of doubt and anxiety, to the point where you're not even sure if you're just kidding yourself, or your tulpa is really speaking.
And the transition between the two points is hard to tell at times because it's pretty subtle when it finally happens.
Personally, I still have problems with this, but I have an easier time now since my peeps have ways to help remind me that they're real and they really said what they said.
And it's my belief that once your peeps have become vocal and sentient, they'll have their own ways to remind you of the same thing.
It's just the host's job to take that trust fall, and believe their tulpa's words and the times you spent together.
Also, there will be times where you can accidentally parrot your peep saying something, and it's okay to make that mistake. I do it pretty often as well, and my peeps are not afraid to call me out on it. Which is always helpful, so don't feel too bad if you do it as well.
If you've been reading guides about tulpas and the process of creating them, you probably know about parroting and that there's generally an aura of fear surrounding it. But in my opinion, it's pretty essential on the road to getting to a vocal tulpa. Especially when you're just starting out for the first time.
Parroting is when you sort of simulate how your tulpa would talk like. And honestly, at first, it IS going to be like you talking to yourself.
And I know you're probably thinking "Isn't that what we're trying to avoid?"
And yes, I know, and there are definite drawbacks to parroting and I'll speak about it in the next section. But in my view of parroting, it's helping you get used to the whole having another voice in your mind. You can't expect that one day you'll immediately hear a definite and clear voice in your head telling you to change the music (though there are instances of that, not everyone will experience it).
Parroting is essentially helping your mind, which only had to deal with one train of thought, to get used to two, or more!
It's training and exercising your brain, but also is teaching your peep how to speak to you and just how to talk in general.
So don't be afraid. Don't just talk AT them, talk WITH them! Have a conversation! Discuss what's happening as if they are sentient already! But also keep in mind a few things...
🌙Important Ground Rules🌙
Before I dive into the techniques and such, I have a couple of ground rules I make sure to follow and keep in mind when I work with my peeps:
1) Always give them time to answer.
Even with assumed sentience, give your peeps time to really piece together their thoughts to reply to what you say.
2) Don't force them to talk more than what they're comfortable with.
Just like any person, each tulpa has different energy levels and temperaments. Some peeps are quiet and don't like to say much, some are chatty as all heck. Respect their boundaries and always be mindful of how you push the conversation.
3) Silence is not a bad thing.
You don't have to always fill it with talking. Just like in any conversation, there will likely be a lull at some point and that's natural. Don't take it as a negative thing. See it as a more content silence and you're still hanging out without needing to speak.
4) Be patient and answer whatever questions they have.
Pretty straightforward. New tulpas will tend to ask a lot of questions about anything and everything, so be kind and be patient and answer them as best you can.
Now with that said, let's get into the meat of things, shall we?
I touched on this subject in an earlier post a bit ago, but I'll reiterate here and give a better definition.
Echoic memory is the capacity of our brains to retain the memory of sounds we've heard before for long periods of time.
In general, it could be utilized to help recreate certain sounds in your mind, like maybe a song you've listened to, a purr of a cat, a way a wolf howls, another accent, etc. If you've heard it before, then you can probably recall it in your head how many times as you wish.
For tulpamancy, we could use this to help differentiate your mindvoice with your peep's own; working to associate a certain voice with them when they talk to you.
If you've already done so, great! You can move on to the next section!
If you haven't, then spend some time researching some voices you think would fit your tulpa, and you would want to be their voice. Let them choose and try it out for a bit to see what they think!
Just like any aspect of your tulpa, it's not set to stone and they can choose to change it at any time if they don't feel like it suits them anymore.
Personally, I didn't know any resources for voices earlier on, so I ended up relying on the TV shows, youtube videos, and cartoons I've watched.
I had my peeps listen to some of the voices of characters I thought would fit them, and let them choose whichever one they wanted the most!
Once they found a voice they liked, we generally listen to it together a few more times; sometimes I visualize them talk along to the voice to help my mind associate that voice to them until we get the rough idea of how the voice sounds like and it's committed to memory.
Make sure you stop listening to the voice too for a moment and let them try saying a few things in that voice by themselves. For us, we usually use that chance to have them introduce themselves to us with their new voice, just to see how it fits.
An important thing to note as well, is that it's okay if doesn't sound exactly the same as the voice you based it off of. As time goes on, you'll notice that how your peep talks and their voice reference will have slight differences, and that's okay! It's normal.
As long as their mindvoice is distinct from your own, you're ready to take on the next section.
Now that you settled with a voice for your peep, you can go ahead and have a conversation with them!
You can even tie it to some other forcing activities like personality forcing (which I will make a separate guide about).
The important thing is that you just talk to them and you allow them to talk back.
And just try to keep it as consistent as possible, because honestly, it's probably my one the main ways I force with peeps on a daily basis. And the easiest ways, because you can talk to them about anything that comes to mind without much worry.
And I know it can be hard to constantly think or talk with your tulpa, but try to find ways to remind yourself to do it.
But what to talk about? Hmm, well, personally start with something you like or are familiar with, and start talking about that. Maybe you watched something together, talk about what happened in the story with them and what scene they liked!
For me, music is a constant and no matter where I go I always have some song playing. Not only that, but I like to read the meaning of songs and the stories behind them. Especially about my favorite artist, Radical Face and his album, The Family Tree.
I always enjoy introducing my peeps to his work and telling them the setting and stories behind the lyrics of each song. How some songs link together and tell the story of some members of the family tree, what the song is about and such and such.
Me: Ah, man, this song is my favorite!
Tulpa: What's this one called?
Me: It's called The Dead Waltz!
Tulpa: Hehe, sounds deadly.
You get the idea.
Just talk. Build up the habit to just talk to them, have them ask questions and clear stuff up for them if they don't understand something.
You can also just ask for their opinion on something. Like maybe what sort of chips you want to buy, or what movie they want to watch.
Build up your relationship with them.
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