Sunday, August 1, 2010

Indigo Children

Chances are, you’ve run across this term. The site that probably explains it the best gives the 10 most common attributes of Indigo children.

• They come into the world with a feeling of royalty (and often act like it)
• They have a feeling of "deserving to be here," and are surprised when others don't share that.
• Self-worth is not a big issue. They often tell the parents "who they are."
• They have difficulty with absolute authority (authority without explanation or choice).
• They simply will not do certain things; for example, waiting in line is difficult for them.
• They get frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented and don't require creative thought.
• They often see better ways of doing things, both at home and in school, which makes them seem like "system busters" (nonconforming to any system).
• They seem antisocial unless they are with their own kind. If there are no others of like consciousness around them, they often turn inward, feeling like no other human understands them. School is often extremely difficult for them socially.
• They will not respond to "guilt" discipline ("Wait till your father gets home and finds out what you did").
• They are not shy in letting you know what they need.

It breaks down to a new-age concept that some children born tend to be paranormally talented, psychically sensitive, and as if they are “old souls.” It really boils down to a new-age sales pitch that includes lessons, books, videos and more to promote your “Indigo” child. Every parent likes to think his child is special and for those whose children don’t fit into any typical categories, this is a relief to attribute defiance and antisocial behavior with psychic sensitivity.

The problem with looking at a set of behaviors to tell you if your child is paranormally skilled is like saying that because your daughter is 5’10” tall and weighs 115 pounds, she must be a model. She meets the criteria, but that doesn’t make her one.

Wikipedia: “Descriptions of indigo children include the belief that they are empathetic, curious, strong-willed, independent, and often perceived by friends and family as being weird; possess a clear sense of self-definition and purpose; and also exhibit a strong inclination towards spiritual matters from early childhood. Indigo children have also been described as having a strong feeling of entitlement, or "deserving to be here." Other alleged traits include a high intelligence quotient, an inherent intuitive ability, and resistance to authority.[3][5] According to Tober and Carroll, indigo children function poorly in conventional schools due to their rejection of authority, being smarter than their teachers, and a lack of response to guilt-, fear- or manipulation-based discipline.”

Interestingly, this also suits attention-deficit children. Which would you rather have, an Indigo child or an ADHD child? As well, the huge wave of Indigo children came onto the scene at the same time ADHD became a popular diagnosis.

Psychic children happen, but not in the typical packages you assume. I did not meet any of the Indigo criteria and had exceptional skill from a young age. Many psychics are outgoing, cooperative, obedient, and patient.

I may not jump onto the indigo-colored wagon, but I do not negate the ones who are truly psychic. They come in all types and are without category or the need to buy into programs to promote their skills.


  1. I have never heard of this before. Very interesting!

  2. Yeah, I think it really reached a peak with people having kids born in the late 80s and early 90s. I can't tell you how many people told me my son was an indigo. He is psychically sensitive, but he's also a very quiet and studious guy which makes them think he's a deep thinker. I know the truth--he's a total cut-up and is just observing the crazy world to write about it, just like his mom.

  3. Interesting theory. I hadn't heard this one before.

  4. Wow, I'm surprised more people haven't heard about them. It was a huge thing in the 90s and many thought it had something to do with the harmonic convergence in 87. Kind of like EST and other weird trends we had in the 80s "me" generation.

  5. damn, autumn! i havent thought of the phrase "indigo child" in years! that i'm a good 20 yrs older, i kinda recognize some, don't you??

  6. Hey Libby-Girl;
    Yeah, we get psychic kids in every generation, but the descriptions of their rather antisocial behavior is much more indicative of ADHD than true psychics, but I won't blame people for looking for something special and sensitive underneath a child's behaviors.

  7. I have heard the term, "Indigo Children" but didn't really know what they were. I think my nephew Kris almost fits in this category. He is a bit intense and has ADHD. He had trouble in school, and was a know-it-all. Also, he is a very talented artist.

  8. Julie;
    Yeah, artistic sensitivity and social issues can go hand in hand and that makes it more difficult to differentiate if that means they're psychic or simply more inwardly driven.

  9. I must be one of the few Pagans who holds no stock in indigo children.

    I like and agree with that you said: "Which would you prefer to have: a child with ADHD (antisocial behavior, unruly behavior, etc) or a special indigo child?

    It makes complete sense why so many flocked to the idea.

  10. Waeben;
    Yup. A nice concept. I'd like to hear the new-age explanation for rude drivers on cell phones? They have a higher calling and are "spirit communicators"?

  11. I believe that there is a big, I mean BIG difference in children born before there was such a thing as plastic and children born of a world of plastic. Yes, it was a gradual change because plastics didn't just crop up overnight. Now that plastic is introduced to babies at birth and in such great quantities you are seeing a greater number of childhood disabilities of the psychological type than ever before, IMO.

  12. Emme;
    I feel the same way about plastics. I don't know if it's just too simple an answer for scientists or the big companies have a vested interest in keeping us from seeing the truth, but plastics scare me more than other toxin introduced on earth. We're sort of like tuna. A tuna fish eats other medium-sized fish who eat smaller fish, and onward until there is so much mercury accrued in the tuna from all the other fishes bodies they ate. What do all the generations of plastic-exposed people do for future generations? Startling, huh?

  13. I've heard of these before, but never given it a lot of thought. There's another type called Crystal children too, that are similar to Indigos.

  14. While I don't agree that we should just go around calling every kid "special" it does seem to me that ADHD is being diagnosed far too frequently. When it comes down to it there is a problem in the homes and a problem in the schools and neither are looking too good for today's children.

  15. So it's *not* just a Puscifer song... silly me.

  16. I am girl 15, born on June 7, 1999. Ive read this article, wondering if I am an indigo child... I have had thoughts like 'what if I was the 6 millionth child born onto the earth?' at school I have a small group of friends, I feel like I know much more than my peers. Ill see them and have a feeling of knowing what theyre thinking. Theyre have been so many times where Id be thinking of a song, word or phrase and the person next to me blurts it out. Ever since I can remember, Ive argued with my teacher about an assignment or the bible. In fact, my teacher had a bible and I asked to read it in the middle of class instead of doing work, he agreed because I do well in english class. My mom speaks of the soul a lot too. By the way, this picture of a child, looks like me. ADVICE?

    1. I'm not sure Indigo child is a really accurate description. Most of us who are psychic know that we have one or two or eight or 10 different strange abilities. For instance, I can do psychometry, touch and object and know about people who came in contact with it, but I can also heal, predict disasters, have facial amnesia, spatial synesthesia, and highly gifted genius IQ. So, there can be a whole bunch of oddities. You never know they are oddities until you get older and have more experience to measure. I didn't know why I didn't socialize well. I thought it was because I grew up in an isolated estate and not the suburbs or perhaps I was shy. The truth was, I had facial amnesia, so I had trouble recalling anyone. Once you realize why your gifts make you feel "other," you can start to appreciate them. I used to think they were curses, now I know they are gifts that make me very special. You will embrace that as you mature. It is a process.