Perception of self-design

Perception of self-design can be described as an alteration of perspective in which one experiences the sudden feeling that they are personally responsible for the creation, design, implementation and prior planning of a concept, process or situation which is normally seen as the result of unrelated external causes.

This effect typically manifests suddenly and spontaneously. However, it is most commonly felt during emotionally significant situations which are perceived to either be considered so enjoyable that they are exactly how one would have designed it had they have somehow been given the conscious choice to do so in advance.

It can be broken down into two separate sub-components which include:

  • Feeling as if one designed, planned out and created certain (or even all) aspects of one's life such as current or past events, loved ones and key events.
  • Feeling as if one designed, planned out and created certain (or even all) aspects outside of one's life such as current or historical events, nature, life, the universe as a whole and the physical laws which it abides by.

Perception of self-design is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as ego death and high level unity and interconnectedness. It is most commonly induced under the influence of heavy dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline.


psychoactive substances

Compounds which may cause this effect commonly include:

2C-B, 4-AcO-DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, AL-LAD, ALD-52, Ayahuasca, DMT, LSD, LSM-775, PARGY-LAD, Psilocin, Psilocybin mushroom

See also

  • Unity and interconnectedness
  • Delusions

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Documentation written by Josie Kins