In the 1970s, the term “Indigo Children” originated with a parapsychologist named Nancy Ann Tappe, author of the 1982 book, Understanding Your Life Through Color.
In her book, Ms. Tappe stated that in the 1960s, she began noticing children who were born with “indigo” auras. Ms. Tappe wrote:
Usually each universal age is accompanied by a
preponderance of people with that life color. For
instance now most adults are either Blue or Violet,
the two colors with the attributes most needed in this
the Violet Age of transition. During the next age, the
Indigo Age, Indigo colors will be the norm.
his New Age concept was popularized in a 1998 book, The Indigo Children: The New Kids have Arrived, by husband and wife self-help lecturers Lee Carroll and Jan Tober.
Characteristics of indigo children are said to include that they:
Are empathetic, curious, and strong-willed
Are often perceived by friends and family as being strange
Come into the world with a feeling of royalty
Possess a clear sense of self-definition and purpose
Simply will not do certain things and get frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented
Show a strong innate subconscious spirituality from early childhood (although this does not necessarily imply a direct interest in spiritual or religious areas)
Have a strong feeling of entitlement, or deserving to be here
Other traits attributed to these children include:
High intelligence quotient
Difficulty in school
Inherent intuitive ability
Resistance to rigid, control-based paradigms of authority
Anti-social, inward turned consciousness, and feelings that no other human understands them
Tober and Carroll state their belief that indigo children may function poorly in conventional schools due to the children’s rejection of rigid authority, their being smarter or more spiritually mature than their teachers, and their lack of response to guilt-, fear- or manipulation-based discipline.
Critics suggest that the social construction of indigo children is a response to a perceived crisis of American childhood in the form of increased youth violence and diagnoses of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Some critics, including Sarah W. Whedon for example, state that parents label their children as “indigo” to provide an alternative explanation for their children’s improper behavior stemming from ADD and ADHD.
Other critics, for example research psychologist Russell Barkley, state that aside from lack of any empirical evidence of the existence of indigo children, the traits mainly attributed to them are so vague that they can describe nearly anyone.
Some mental health experts are concerned that labeling a disruptive child an “indigo” may either delay proper diagnosis and treatment that could benefit the child, or delay an investigation into the parenting style that may be causing the behavior.
The related concept of “crystal children” has been linked to the autistic spectrum. Here, critics state that proponents re-categorize autistic symptoms as telepathic powers, and attempt to re-conceptualize the traits associated with these symptoms as part of a positive identity.
Autism researcher Mitzi Waltz states that there may be inherent dangers to these beliefs, leading parents to deny the existence of impairments, avoid proven treatments and spend considerable money on unhelpful interventions. Waltz advises that parents may also transmit belief systems to the child that are self-aggrandizing, confusing, or potentially frightening”.
(1) Understanding Your Life Through Color: Metaphysical Concepts in Color and Aura by Nancy Ann Tappe.
(2) The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll.
(3) The Wisdom of Indigo Children: An Empathic Restatement of the Value of American Children by Sarah W. Whedon, published in Nova Religion.
(4) Have Jedi Created a New ‘Religion’ by Tom de Castella, published in BBC NEws Magazine.
(5) From Changelings to Crystal Children: An Examination of ‘New Age’ Ideas about Autism by Mitzi Waltz, published in the Journal of Religion, Disability & Health
(1) Children of the New Earth: An online magazine covering the new generation of Indigos, Crystals, Rainbows, and Psychic Kids athttp://www.childrenofthenewearth.com/
(2) First Wave Indigo Adults: The Knights from the ultra violet realm, uniting the cosmic energies for unity and ascension at http://www.fw-indigo-adults.com/
(3) Indigo Files: Adult Indigo argues the case that crystal children incarnations have not been a success, and explains why adults are transitioning to Octarine at http://www.sunfell.com/indigo.htm
(4) The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A skeptical analysis of the indigo child concept at http://skepdic.com/indigo.html
(1) Parapsychology is a field of study concerned with the investigation of paranormal and psychic phenomena.
(2) The New Age movement is an eclectic religious or spiritual movement that developed in Western nations during the 1970s. The movement is characterized by a holistic view of the cosmos, a belief in an emergent Age of Aquarius, an emphasis on self-spirituality and the authority of the self, a focus on alternative therapy healing, a belief in channeling, and an adoption of a “New Age science.”
(3) The Forer effect – also called the Barnum effect after P. T. Barnum’s observation that “we’ve got something for everyone” – is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people.
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