2018 Tulpa Community Census Results

All of the raw census data, processed data, analysis scripts, etc., can be found here

Summary charts are presented for the census below. They're given in the same order as the questions were on the census. Text questions are missing, since they don't lend themselves to superficial summary charts like these. The charts were auto-generated for the most part, so aren't the prettiest. I've provided some minimal commentary interspersed with the charts.

Click on images to view them full-size. Where "N=..." is given, it indicates the total number of responses plotted on the graph for that question. Where "above: ..." is given, it indicates the number of responses which fell above the upper bound of the graph (i.e., N + above = the total number of responses for the question .)

Responses for the skills are available here (on a separate page since they take up a lot of space) . There is also a separate discussion about natural/pre-existing tulpas here .

Throughout the census, 'tulpa' was used in a broad sense to refer to various kinds of multiplicity; the analysis below reflects that. I'm aware that many in the community don't see the term as all-encompassing (many text answers given said as much).

Lastly, thank you to everyone who helped on the census at various stages, and of course, thank you to everyone who answered it.

Table of contents

  1. Host demographics
    1. How old are you in years?
    2. What is your current occupational status?
    3. What's your highest level of educational attainment?
    4. What's your biological sex?
    5. What's your gender identity?
    6. What's your sexual orientation?
    7. What country are you from?
    8. What's your religion?
  2. General tulpa-related questions
    1. Do you have, or have you ever had, tulpas?
    2. How many personalities do you currently have in total, including yourself?
    3. What about tulpas interested you to start?
    4. What about tulpas interests you now?
    5. Which communities do you affiliate most with?
    6. How did you first find out about tulpas?
    7. How long have you known about tulpas, in months?
    8. Do you believe that tulpas are a psychological or metaphysical phenomenon?
    9. Do you believe that tulpas are conscious beings independent of the host?
    10. Is the original host still around now?
    11. Does anyone you know and interact with outside of online communities know about your tulpa(s)?
  3. Tulpa demographics
    1. Tulpa genders
    2. Tulpa sexualities
    3. How old is your oldest tulpa in years?
    4. How old is your youngest tulpa in years?
    5. Did your tulpas naturally develop, or were they created intentionally?
    6. Which of the following terms could be used to describe the main form of ANY of your tulpas?
  4. Skills/experiences
    1. Was your first tulpa intentionally created, or natural?
    2. What is/was the average length of an active forcing session for you, in minutes?
    3. How much time do you (the host personality) spend in control of the body?
    4. How much time do you (the host personality) spend aware of the body's senses?
    5. How often do your tulpa(s) address you while you're focused on a different task?
    6. Are your tulpas in general active in the wonderland when not being paid attention to by the host/fronter?
    7. Can there be multiple independent threads of experience going on at once in your mind?
    8. How often do you mistake your own, and your tulpa's, thoughts?
    9. How often do you and your tulpa(s) unintentionally share emotions?
    10. Do your tulpa(s) sometimes say/do random, or seemingly out of control, things?
  5. Other
    1. Has having a tulpa had any positive effects on your life?
    2. Has having a tulpa had any negative effects on your life?
    3. Have you been diagnosed with any mental disorders?

Host demographics

At a glance the above results are pretty consistent with each other.

If you're curious about the relationship between these two,

Gender Female Male
Female 68 24
Male 16 188
Genderqueer 10 10
Agender 7 8
Other 4 8

(How to read this table: 24 respondents answered that their sex was male and identified gender was female.)

The community seems to get slightly less hetero every year, but this is fairly consistent with 2015. Everything except heterosexual is disproportionately represented compared to the base population, but not too far off what you would expect from a 'weird internet community' like the MLP fandom or something like that.

'Other' here includes both an explicit 'other' category and some low-frequency answers: Hinduism 4, Taoism 3, Judaism 2, Shinto 1.

General tulpa-related questions

The ticks above are slightly ambiguous; in the histograms on this page, integers are put in the bin above /to the right of their tick. That means that, for instance, the number of people who answered '2' to the above question is 172; the bin with 9 counts in it corresponds to people who answered '7'. One person also said that they had 0 personalities here.

Note that these following three questions allowed multiple answers.

I've included a discussion on natural tulpas, tulpas created before finding the community, and so on, on a separate page here.

The spiky distribution above is probably down to people counting the number of years they'd known about tulpas and multiplying that by 12, which they were instructed to do by the survey if they couldn't remember the exact month figure.

I'm surprised by how high the 'unsure' proportion is here.

Anyone who's afraid of being usurped by tulpas can rest easy here.

Tulpa demographics

The following two charts count tulpas from all hosts with less than 11 tulpas, so although there were 360 responses, there are more tulpas than that.

I've taken the questions above against the host genders/sexes and sexualities. In the following tables, the tulpa answers are on the top, and the hosts are along the side. The numbers given are total numbers of tulpas, again from all hosts with less than 11 tulpas.

Tulpa gender identity (on the top) vs. host gender identity (on the side):

Tulpa gender identity
Host gender identity Male Female Genderqueer Agender Other
Male 80 211 10 13 4
Female 65 70 5 7 2
Genderqueer 18 28 11 8 0
Agender 9 16 2 5 1
Genderfluid 2 4 0 0 0
Other 6 8 2 3 1

(How to read this table and others: there were 211 female tulpas with male hosts.)

Tulpa gender identity vs. host sex:

Tulpa gender identity
Host biological sex Male Female Genderqueer Agender Other
Male 69 271 16 19 6
Female 108 68 13 17 2
Other 0 0 0 0 0

Tulpa sexuality vs. host sexuality:

Tulpa sexual orientation
Host sexual orientation Heterosexual Homosexual Bisexual Pansexual Asexual Other
Heterosexual 94 11 56 13 26 4
Homosexual 1 5 3 7 7 2
Bisexual 29 11 77 14 18 3
Pansexual 7 8 11 41 17 4
Asexual 7 4 3 6 16 3
Other 12 3 5 6 14 1

In the next two questions, several people mistook this question as asking tulpa ages in months , since a question before — asking how long they'd known about tulpas — asked for that, confusingly. In what you see below, I've conservatively tried to identify and fix those mistakes by cross-checking with other answers. Both versions of the raw data are available.


The answers for individual skills (visualisation, imposition, ...) are on a separate page, here .

15 minutes, 30 minutes and an hour are the most popular.

In hindsight, the above questions probably should have specified waking time. About a third of hosts who said that they were aware of the body's senses 'most of the time' also gave themselves 0 skill with switching, to which my first thought would be that they counted time asleep as time spent unaware of the body's senses.

The following three questions were fairly speculative questions aimed at judging the level of perceived/actual 'parallel processing' going on.

I assigned the textual answers in the above two questions ranks of 0-4 (so, 0 being 'Never'/'Never active', 1 being 'Little time'/'Rarely', and so on); the correlations between those and answered ability in parallel processing/switching is given below. It's difficult to infer much from it, though. There are no dramatic correlations or lacks thereof, and the whole procedure is very weak in the first place, between subjectively-rated abilities with no real guidelines, and ranking non-numerical answers.

Are your tulpas in general active in the wonderland when not being paid attention to by the host/fronter? How often do your tulpa(s) address you while you're focused on a different task? How would you rate your skill in... [Parallel Processing] How would you rate your skill in... [Switching]
Are your tulpas in general active in the wonderland when not being paid attention to by the host/fronter? 1.000000 0.409105 0.419371 0.127975
How often do your tulpa(s) address you while you're focused on a different task? 0.409105 1.000000 0.348865 0.332516
How would you rate your skill in... [Parallel Processing] 0.419371 0.348865 1.000000 0.313737
How would you rate your skill in... [Switching] 0.127975 0.332516 0.313737 1.000000


This one is heartwarming.