Switching is the process of consciousnesses exchanging sense of agency and sense of ownership over the body. Switching typically refers to the host (or "tulpamancer") temporarily switching places with their tulpa.

Switching differs from possession in that switching is an entire body process, and it involves the host to lose sense of ownership.

Some argue that switching is an act similar in nature to the kind of dissociative state a sufferer of DID might experience as a result of past or current traumatic events. The key difference between the two being the triggering action; voluntary in the case of switching, and involuntary in the case of a disorder.

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