Sheela and I had a little dispute, followed by a finer grasp of mostly Sheela’s personality and needs. But let me start with explaining the background of what happened…So, a week ago, I made the “Surprise me” test (tulpa.info) with my MCs. All of them but Sheela managed to come up with something original which actually surprised me. I concluded from that that Sheela is not as sentient/autonomous/independent as the others and decided to work on that. My procedure was to give her the task of being responsible for the permanent presence of all my MCs; taking into account that she was, alongside Kubiku, the one often missing, that seemed like a wise decision à la killing two birds with one stone: Making her more autonomous and having all MCs in the mindscape. Yeah right. Seemed.
During the first few days, she did in excellent job (like I wrote in my post in the tulpa experiment thread), but then she started to have seemingly random crying fits. Call me cold-hearted, but I dismissed that as a result of the hard work and of her not being used to stuff like that. I was absolutely confident that my idea would result soon in a more mature and independent version of Sheela. Since I felt responsible for her emotional breakdowns, I told the others to support her both emotionally and with her responsibility regarding the mindscape (yes I know how stupid that sounds to coax my MCs into helping her when I felt responsible). Even though that actually worked (especially Gan and Iron tried their best), something happened that I picked up as a “last warning”: Before I went to sleep, I talked a bit with my MCs, visiting the mindscape. When I was only a few minutes into the talking, an extremely hostile, distorted and demonic-looking version of Sheela appeared and hovered around in the mindscape. Gan, who was more annoyed than anything else, shoved that thing away, but since it came back in a matter of seconds, Neila created a barrier of sorts which kept it outside, and shortly after, it disappeared as quickly as it showed up. Instead of it, a completely exhausted Sheela appeared out of nowhere and immediately fell asleep next to Kubiku.
I concluded that something was not quite right here (oh really?!) and decided to have a written conversation with only Sheela. At first, that conversation was not actually intended for providing a solution, but to see what will happen now if I try to talk to Sheela alone, as it seemed contradictory to me that she could talk just fine when the others were around but was not able to come up with something when they weren’t. In the beginning, Sheela was very renunciatory and fending, even a bit hostile. In the course of the conversation we sorted things out, the main point is that Sheela, the only one without a pre-designed personality, had/has to do all the stuff herself that I have done unconsciously for the others over the course of whole years. Some translated tidbits of the conversation for anyone who’s interested:
[spoiler]Sheela: You’re just getting on my nerves with how you don’t treat me like the others. You don’t even treat Kubiku that way, and he certainly does even less than I do!
Me: But he was able to surprise me, you weren’t…
Sheela: screams loudly There, is that enough surprising?! Isn’t it enough for you that I am completely different from the Sheela that you know?!
Me: First, I preferred the other Sheela, and second, you don’t have to change yourself! At least not in order to prove something to me.
Sheela: becomes desperate Yeah, but that’s how you say it! Always should I do something, effect something! First surprising, then keeping the guys in the mindscape, then explaining myself for something which you actually brought up yourself!
Sheela: But don’t you understand? All the rest of them have a background story, a pre-existing personality and even a form! And I, I have built all that up by myself! This was and still is totally exhausting, and after all, you’re not done with that at some point, you always have to rediscover yourself again! And then you are appearing, going all like “ohh, Sheela isn’t quite as autonomous as the others, let’s give her one more task to complete and let’s see how well she manages that”, oh WOW, what a surprise, that the one, who gets the least amount of attention of all and nonetheless has to work the most on herself, is not yet as developed as the others! What a MIRACLE! If you’re not doing well in school, it also doesn’t really help you if you’re getting triple the amount of homework on top of everything else! So why would these new tasks like that one with the mindscape help me?! Now got it? exhausted
Me: So, you don’t want to get any more tasks, don’t want to be treated like a special case, but want to get more positive attention than before, right?
Sheela: breath out Yes exactly.
Me: Alright, then I call this finished! Do you want to somehow surprise me?
Sheela: Do I have to somehow surprise you?
Me: No you don’t have to, that’s why I’m asking. (I wouldn’t have said that, but at this point I could somehow feel that we were both confident about ourselves)
Sheela: suddenly transforms into a dark Alien thing with many tentacles, the longish head with the sharp teeth jumps with opened mouth and forehead pointing into my direction right towards me and makes a hissing-snarling noise
Me: (hands over the keyboard were actually trembling for a moment) Okay, convinced.[/spoiler]