Cohen: There isn’t much we hadn’t guessed from his behavior, but one thing has come up . . . In a lot of ways, Beings are like human children. Their programming comes with a strong “emotional” need for approval. It isn’t a perfect analogy. Humans can disobey orders, and can reject a parent completely if they’re pushed too far . . . but up to a point, Beings who are treated well or badly react a lot like children would.

It varies with the individual’s temperament, but in general:

A Being who’s too silent, or always looking frantically for orders, is cause for worry.

A Being who can be witty or sarcastic, who feels secure in taking complicated actions without asking Master’s approval first, who knows how to be playful, even sing and dance . . . that’s a sign of a Master who’s done something right.