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New Age Indigo Children
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.
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.
· Independence and rebelliousness
· Heightened sensitivity
· Difficulty in submitting to authority
· Difficulty in following rules
· A strong sense of purpose
· A feeling of superiority
· A feeling of entitlement
· Aggression and violence
· Antisocial behavior (except with another Indigo Child)
· High energy levels
- 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.
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!