Indigo Children? A Real Category?

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.  In fact, a good parent can take a child's personality type and make that an asset instead of a detriment. If a child doesn't take anyone's word for anything, directing that into being a "reporter" and looking up the facts in the library, in books, online, in documentaries, will satisfy that need to question things. Our "weaknesses" are our strengths when handled the proper way.


  1. And here I was thinking you were talking about the people in the Hills when I started reading this. hahah I should wake up before I open the laptop


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