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New Age Indigo Children

Updated on November 15, 2011

Gifted children or New Age phenomenon?

Have you heard about Indigo Children? The term has been around for more than thirty years, but it didn’t gain widespread notoriety until the last decade. The idea of Indigo Children was first presented by Nancy Ann Tappe, a psychic, colorologist, and parapsychologist. Tappe believes that the personalities of people can be studied and explored through color. She states than in the sixties, she began to see more and more babies born with blue-violet or indigo auras. This is explained in her 1982 book, Understanding Your Life Through Color. The idea really caught on, however, in 1998, thanks to a different book written by different authors.

My grandaughter is in a special class for gifted children, and she also shares a few characteristics with Indigo Children.
My grandaughter is in a special class for gifted children, and she also shares a few characteristics with Indigo Children.

Lee Carroll and Jan Tober

Lee Carroll, a lecturer, author, self-help speaker, and medium – along with his wife, Jan Tober – has written three books about Indigo Children. Carroll believes in a god-like entity called “Kryon.” He believes he can channel messages with Kryon and that Indigo Children represent the next step in human evolution. The couple’s first book on the topic, The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, is often the go-to source for those interested in these New Age children. Carroll and Tober believe that the Indigo Children will be able to improve the world and humanity.

Indigo Children Characteristics

Supposedly, an Indigo Child possesses certain personality traits and characteristics. Among them are:

· A high I.Q.

· Creativity

· Independence and rebelliousness

· Intuition

· Heightened sensitivity

· Difficulty in submitting to authority

· Difficulty in following rules

· A strong sense of purpose

· A feeling of superiority

· A feeling of entitlement

· Self-absorption

· Aggression and violence

· Antisocial behavior (except with another Indigo Child)

· Nervousness

· High energy levels

· depression

- spirituality

- psychic abilities

Indigo Children Test

If you want to find an Indigo Children test or quiz, you can find plenty online. You might also find a child psychologist who will assess your child. Some psychologists consider performing an I.Q. test and an interview or questionnaire in identifying Indigo Children. There are generally seventeen characteristics that Indigo Children share.

Are Indigo Kids for Real?

Many people wonder if Indigo Kids are real. In other words, is this an actual term that can be tested or proven scientifically. So far, there have been no scientific studies to back up the claims about Indigo Children. Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped the theory from being embraced by many parents. In fact, there was an international conference held on the subject in Hawaii in 2002. More conferences in different states, along with New Age documentaries and films, have also explored the concept of the Indigo Child. Some who believe in Indigo Children also believe in their more recent but associated "cousins," the Crystal Children and the Star Children. Crystal Children and Star Children are supposed to ready mankind for making the next step up the evolutionary ladder.

Many child psychologists and mental health care experts find the Indigo Child terminology and classification troubling. Some parents had rather believe that their child is an Indigo Child than face the reality of mental and/or behavioral disorders or learning disabilities. When a child is rebellious, disruptive, and has trouble learning in a traditional educational environment, it’s easier to believe the child is “special” in some positive way. The danger here is, of course, that such children don’t receive real medical help.

On the other hand, there are doctors, educators, and psychologists who believe in the phenomenon of Indigo Children. They base their belief partly on the dramatic rise in I.Q.s over the past few decades, along with falling standardized test scores in schools. Many of these professionals believe that Indigo Children are often misdiagnosed with ADHD. They also believe that some of the violence and misbehaviors in schools is a result of these gifted children not being addressed and assessed properly.

Indigo Adults

Are there Indigo Adults, too? It stands to reason that so-called Indigo kids grow into Indigo Adults. You can find online tests that tell you whether or not you’re an Indigo Adult. Some of the characteristics of an Indigo Adult include being frustrated easily with traditions, being paranoid about the government, having outbursts of rage, being very intelligent and creative, having difficulty working as a team member, and having psychic ability. Most Indigo Adults also hate the political system and might feel as if their voice is never heard in the political arena. I think many Americans feel the same about U.S. politics!

ABC News on Indigo Children:

Interview with an Indigo Child:


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      Open 4 years ago

      I'm confused. I don't see anlges, but I have EVERY charateristic of an indigo. I've pissed off so many authorities for speaking truth; even involved in petitions.I cry when people are in pain (it's embarrasing). And people look at me like why can't you just ignore the situation? It's not like you can't do anything about it. I look at them like HOW are you doing it? How can you ignore the feeling? I can't coform either, you don't understand, I CAN'T. Also, manipulation never worked on me.

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      Natalie 5 years ago

      I am sick of parents talking about how bad their child or children is. First I know some kids have issues I did too. But I for one as a child back then did not like adults talking about my bad behavior. Adults do not like people talking about them like that. Children don't either. Just correct the child and let it go. Second, if a child hears how bad they are all the time either one of two things take place. The child believes they are bad so they get stressed out and act up or give up and be the bad they are called all the time. Or they view their bad behavior as cool because it is talked about all the time. Either one of these is not good. If you correct the issue and leave it in the past they learn to do the same.

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      Aimee 6 years ago


      Great hub! I have read about Indigo Children at great lengths as I had been called one for many years, back in the early 90s. I have been told I have a blue aura, which I can not see. I was told I was destined for great things. I don't claim to be psychic and I didn't really misbehave too much as a child, but as I grow up I believe that they did label me properly after all. If nurtured and cultivated properly I believe these children, as well as the ones to follow (Crystal, Rainbow and otherwise) will grow to help, rather than hinder the human race. We are due for an evolutionary advancement, maybe this is it. :) Great hub!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sandi, great to see you here!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      jenu, I kinda figured you as an "outside the box" thinker. I'm one, too! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jay, thanks for stopping by for a read about New Age Indigo Children!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Simey, writing a hub about that is a great idea. thanks for reading mine!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Gosh I think you talk about my son. I am glad I have to have one. He was lovely till he was about 21 and then hturned inside out. I thought because of my ex but because he saw it all he should behave different.

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      Disturbia 6 years ago

      This was great! I voted it up. I don't believe in Indigo Children and I'm a card carring member of the "these-kids-may-be-bright-but-they-have-issues-and-need-help" club only because my oldest daughter has ALL of these Indigo traits. She thinks and acts like she's God's gift to humanity. Unfortunately she was able to get away with alot of bad behaviors when she was little simply because she was "so cute" and all too often teachers have let her misbehavior slide because she was so bright. But as a person, she's a nightmare in human form and no abount of therapy or medication has ever been able to change that. Per her therapists she has ADHD and ODD, but its obvious there is much more going on and this is what she wants them to think, because she's always given them exactly the answers they wanted to hear, so who knows what the real story is. I love her because she's my daughter, and I admire her brilliance, but her manipulative personality and self-centeredness just make me cringe.

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      sandi 6 years ago

      great hub, I have never heard of these kids before

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      I have heard of this and I do believe in the auras of color a person carries. My son holds some of these traits, and your right scientists could categorize him as something easily proved by invested science projects though I like to believe to think a little farther from the box. Great info habee!

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      jaywigz311 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've always been fascinated by the concept of "Indigo Children". Thanks for the hub.

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      Simon Cook 6 years ago from NJ, USA

      This is what I had read - it's a totally misunderstood 'craze' - as a parent whose child possesses most of the traits I have to be open minded - it's very easy to give my child (20) anti-depressant drugs and watch the real 'child' disappear - so anything that can explain the behaviour has to be a good thing.

      Not that I'm 'blinded' by the facts - even if an Indigo Child is a real thing, the underlying issues have to be dealt with - just like the current crop of Savants still have the underlying problems of Autism - you simply can't ignore the problems.

      It's something to research while conventional treatments are found.....

      ...I for one don't like the drug induced 'solution' - from my experience it simply dulls the 'child' and does not heal them - the doctor's have already said it's a lifelong dose of medicine - so if the life they have is watered down, where is the healing?

      Perhaps I should write a hub about it!!!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Jami. Hope you have a great evening, also!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Leah, I had all but forgotten about the hub until I saw the forum post. lol

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      I voted up , useful, interesting and of course awesome . The term "Indigo children " had always been used in my family. Cool write , thanks for sharing and enlightening us have a wonderful evening:)

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Fascinating topic, Habee - I was waiting for this hub to get written since you mentioned it on the forums. I had never heard of "indigo children" until I read about it here!