Indigo Children


With the advent of the New Age movement has come a concept that gives new meaning to over-indulged children.

The term “indigo children” originated with parapsychologist and self-described psychic Nancy Ann Tappe, who developed the concept in the 1970s. Tappe published the book Understanding Your Life Through Color in 1982 describing the concept, stating that during the mid-1960s she began noticing that many children were being born with ‘indigo auras’. The idea was later popularized by the 1998 book The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, written by husband and wife self-help lecturers Lee Carroll and Jan Tober.

Your kid isn't special, they're spoiled. There's a difference.

Your kid isn’t special, they’re spoiled. There’s a very large difference.

From there, the idea has taken off, because all over the world there’s plenty of people willing to pamper a child. In 2002, they actually had an international conference on indigo children in Hawaii, drawing 600 attendees, with subsequent conferences the following years in Florida and Oregon. 

Sarah W. Whedon offers some level of sanity when she suggested in a 2009 article in Nova Religio that the social construction of indigo children is a response to an “apparent crisis of American childhood” in the form of increased youth violence and diagnoses of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Whedon believes parents label their children as “indigo” to provide an alternative explanation for their children’s improper behavior stemming from ADD and ADHD.

Descriptions of indigo children include that they:

  • Are empathetic, curious, and strong-willed
  • Are often perceived by friends and family as being strange
  • Possess a clear sense of self-definition and purpose
  • Show a strong innate subconscious spirituality from early childhood (which, however, does not necessarily imply a direct interest in spiritual or religious areas)
  • Have a strong feeling of entitlement, or deserving to be here

Other alleged traits include:

  • High intelligence quotient
  • Inherent intuitive ability
  • Resistance to rigid, control-based paradigms of authority

So if you meet a precious, smug overly emotional child who has belief that the world is theirs for their whims and the kind of self entitlement normally seen in African Dictators, chances are you’re meeting one of these so-called Indigo Children.


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