Are You an Indigo, i.e., a Human Being?


On Facebook I’m subscribed to several pages and groups on mental health related topics (healing, depression, suicide, trauma, mental disorders, etc.). As is usually the case regarding these topics, there is a lot of mediocre to poor information, a very little of really good information, and some really bad information circling around. The article I’ll comment on next falls into the latter category….

Yesterday, on one of the aforementioned Facebook pages I saw an article about Indigo Children. I knew about the subject very little; I just knew it is some kind of irrational New Age-y concept. Usually I just skip such information, but I was curious to learn more and see “the arguments.” So, without further ado, let’s take a look at this article and the concept of Indigo Children.

Are you an Indigo?

That's how the article starts. Am I an Indigo? I’m not sure, what is an Indigo? Let's find out.
Indigo children is the name given to the new type of human being born in this generation. Displaying amazing feats of intuition and intelligence beyond their years, these indigos has begun more of a common concept within our lexicon.
Well, according to Wikipedia, “Indigo children, according to a pseudoscientific New Age concept, are children who are believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities.” And, “The term "indigo children" originated with parapsychologist and self-described synesthete and psychic Nancy Ann Tappe, who developed the concept in the 1970s.” And, “Although no scientific studies give credibility to the existence of indigo children or their traits, the phenomenon appeals to some parents whose children have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and to parents seeking to believe that their children are special.”

So, it’s an untrue (not in accordance with fact or reality) concept made either by an insane (highly irrational) or psychopathic (knowingly harming others) person, for confused and narcissistic people.

But let’s look at the list of the Indigo traits presented in the article….
1. May be strong willed independent thinkers who prefer to do their own thing rather than comply with authority figures/parents.
This applies to all relatively healthy children and adults. Everyone is born with the desire to be “independent thinkers” and “do their own thing.” It’s only later, when our natural development is stunted or shattered (this can happen very early in one’s life), we become neurotic, fearful, and unhealthily dependent on others.
2. Have a wisdom and level of caring beyond their youthful experience.
In other words, they are wiser and more empathetic than the average person. We live in a very traumatized society where “the average” is not a healthy standard one would set for oneself. So, although in today’s society it is indeed unusual to remain individual and have a lot of wisdom and empathy, it’s nothing “supernatural.” In fact, as I’ve said above, these traits develop naturally, if uninterrupted.
3. Traditional Parenting and discipline strategies don’t appear effective with these children. If you try to force an issue, a power struggle is the typical outcome.
Again, “traditional parenting and discipline strategies” are not the standard caring and loving parents set for themselves. The truth is that “traditional parenting” is highly harmful to a child. Hence it’s only natural that a child protests against it. It’s natural for a child – any child – to express their needs, and if those needs are ignored, overwritten, or deadened by a caregiver, i.e., “if you try to force an issue,” then “a power struggle is the typical outcome.”
4. Energeticly, Indigos are vibrating at a much higher frequencey so they can get scrambled by negative energy (human or machine).
I don’t have much to say here, since the whole concept of “energy,” as presented here, is irrational.
5. Emotionally they can be reactive and may have problems with anxieties, depression or temper rages if not energetically balanced.
And who of us “can’t be reactive and may not have problems with anxiety or depression or temper rages”? Because most of us have been raised “traditionally,” i.e., we have been highly traumatized (again, not by average, “normal” standards but by objective standards), it’s normal to have anxiety, depression or anger problems. We may overcome these issues by engaging in self-work and processing what happened to us.

Also, as mentioned above, the “if not energetically balanced” part is... what's the scientifically correct term... oh yes, bullshit.
6. Are creative right brain thinkers, but may struggle to learn in a traditional left brain school system.
Part of creativity is the freedom to think. If a child grows up in an over-controlled environment, their creativity, and thinking in general, is suppressed or damaged. School is a highly controlling, prison-like social structure that is – although “popular” and “normal” – extremely harmful to a developing human being. So again, it is only natural to “struggle” in such an environment.
7. Often Indigos are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD since they appear impulsive (their brain can process information faster) and they require movement to help keep them better focused.
Too many children are diagnosed with, and labeled as, having made up “disorders” that usually are their natural survival and adaptation techniques to a harming and controlling environment. Then they get even more hurt and traumatized by medication and even more harming environments and interactions. And while we’re on it, labeling a child as Indigo is harmful, too.
8. Indigos are very intuitive, and may see hear or know things that seem unexplainable.
By default all children are intuitive, if intuitive means instinctive. I’m not quite sure what exactly the author means by the second part of the sentence. Either the child is acting naturally and the people around them lack empathy and wisdom to understand what’s going on, or the child is showing symptoms of a severe trauma (hearing voices, hallucinating, dissociating, acting paranoid, etc.) – which is also a natural reaction to an unhealthy environment.
9. Indigos have more problems with food and environmental sensitivities, since their system is more finely tuned.
The second part of this sentence is, to quote myself, “bullshit,” and there’s nothing “exceptional” or “abnormal” in the first part. What does it even mean? All people like some foods and dislike other foods; we have various food allergies and difficulties digesting some specific foods. Are “indigos” expressing their dissatisfaction more? If so, how is that “special” and not intrinsic for everyone? This statement is very generic.

If by “environmental sensitivities” the author means that the child is overly sensitive to certain sensory inputs (like certain sounds or images), then this may be a sign of post-traumatic stress. If it means that the child doesn’t like particular environments and interactions, how is this “abnormal”? Again, this is a very generic and irrelevant statement.
10. When their needs are not met, these children seem self centered and demanding, although this is not their true nature.
Of course this is a child’s true nature. A child is a human being with their own needs, emotions, and preferences. It is their caregiver’s responsibility to correctly identify and meet a child’s needs. If the caregiver fails to do that, the child is hurt, harmed or even severely traumatized. As I’ve said above, if a child expresses their need and the caregiver fails to correctly identify and satisfy it, the child has every right to feel “self-centered” and “demanding.”

If I have a dog and he wants to eat but I fail to feed him, and he keeps squalling and poking me with his nose, is he acting “self-centered” and “demanding”? He is dependent on me to survive, and it’s my responsibility to identify and meet his needs, since he did not choose to be here – I've chosen to have him. With that, I’ve implicitly accepted the responsibility to meet his needs. Wait, is he now talking about a dog or a child? Guess what, the same applies to both here.

I can’t believe I sometimes use a child-pet comparison with the hope that it may help people to empathize with a child better. The ironic thing is that it usually does! How depressing is it that in the year of 2014 a lot of people still feel much more empathy for pets than for children….
11. These children have incredible gifts and potential, but they may be shut down when not properly nurtured and accepted.
Again, it’s a very generic statement that applies to all relatively healthy people. We all do have incredible gifts and potential, which get damaged or suppressed by a caregiver’s failure to identify and meet a child’s true needs, i.e., to “properly nurture and accept” a child and their true self.


The concept of Indigo children is irrational, i.e., it bears no logical and consistent ground in reality. Some of the traits generically (Forer effect) describe a relatively healthy human being: creativity, individuality, confidence, healthy expression of one’s needs and emotions, being anxious and dissatisfied with an unhealthy environment. Some of the traits are just some illogical New Age-y bullshit, i.e., all things paranormal (for example, paranormal / supernatural gifts: telepathy, ESP, etc.).

It is just one of many irrational concepts I see floating around. It’s sad to see that there are many confused and desperate people seeking help and wanting to heal who get hooked on some of the irrational or plainly harmful things. Things like psychic reading, astrology, talking to the dead, astral travel, chakra clearing, fortune-telling, or any New Age stuff, or more “normal” things like medication, forgiveness, positive thinking, and so on.

It’s even sadder that a lot of people who offer such services are socially accepted, popular, and have “official credentials.” For example, the person who wrote those 11 traits of an Indigo – according to the information on her website – has 30 years of work experience, works with children and parents, is a therapist, has two Master’s degrees, and various certificates (one of which is listed as Energy Therapist). On some level it’s mindboggling for me to see that such a person, based on the article in question here, has no clue of basic logic, psychology, and child development, but works with children and parents. But it’s extremely common….

Generally, in our society irrationality and unhealthiness is considered normal, not harmful, or even helpful; and vice versa, rationality and healthiness is considered “weird,” “unhealthy,” or “dangerous.”

Have an awareful day,

For more on these and other topics, check out the author’s books: Human Development and Trauma: How Childhood Shapes Us into Who We Are as Adults and Self-Work Starter Kit.

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  1. Hi my name is Ken. I is a 48 yr. male

    I will try and be succinct. I came out of the womb angry. Smart. EVERY second of my life has been a relentless and
    Unceasing inflow of data with no outflow. I seem to be hard wired to absorb data. Data comes in goes through the truth detector( internal something that knows the purity) is assigned to sub groups where it repeats this proscess and on and on and on and on. This isn't a Concious process
    I have no control of it. I can speak the thoughts fairly clearly but internally it is just a swirling mass. Stuff just pops out at some point Every second of my life has been a misery at some level. I am really astonished that I have survived I came across this indigo stuff 3 days ago. Been crying ever sense relentlessly. I'm 90% of that list. I don't come here cause I want to be an indigo. I am here because I have been looking for a truth which the patterns and intuition tell me must be there. Because it occurs to me that I can't get where I want to be through ever greater and more refined interpretations of the information. I think I've gone as far as I cN go there. Being here hurts me. Hurts my heart. I suffer from an inner cumpulsing to expand. To do. To be. To belong. To give love and maybe T some point be capable of receiving it. Spinning spinning spinning crying it is so perfect and beUtiful and ....... Sorry guys response to new stimulus.
    I am directed. Don't know where to but I keep going
    Loved all the post. Be good k