If You Have These 15 Personality Traits, You Might Be An Indigo Child

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Indigo children are children that are thought to have unique (sometimes bordering on supernatural) abilities.

Many believe that the term 'indigo child' was originally developed as a coping method of sorts — a way for parents to describe children with autism or ADHD in a more positive light.

Who wouldn’t prefer to describe their child as “unique” or “special," especially if it helps that child feel more empowered?

Currently, there are no scientific studies that give any validity to the existence of Indigo children. However, there has been plenty of media attention on the subject including several books, an international conference held in 2002, and an article published in 2009 that argued that Indigo children were merely a way for parents to explain poor behavior from children who had ADD or ADHD.

The list of traits used to describe “Indigo children” has been criticized for being vague enough to apply to most people and this idea has been criticized for being “pseudoscience.”

Nancy Ann Tappe developed the term “Indigo children” in the 1970s. Tappe later went on to write Understanding Your Life Thru Color, which introduced the idea of “life colors,” which is basically the theory that everyone’s aura has a color that is present throughout their whole life. 

Lee Carroll and Jan Tober further developed the concept of Indigo Children in the 1990s.

The belief in “Indigo children” seems to range widely — from parents using it to describe a child that behaves oddly to an actual belief in the existence of paranormal abilities (like telepathy), similarly to the traits of other Star children.

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What is a Star Child?

Star children are part of a New Age Belief where there are certain individuals that supposedly originated from far-distant planets, solar systems, and galaxies.

Indigo children are described as first-generation Star children who were sent to start this change to the earth and to humanity.

It is believed that there are several different types of star children who are here to bring peace, topple corrupt systems, and shift dimensional consciousness.

This belief says that these gifted children have a special responsibility to assist in the rebirth of a higher-dimensional Earth and are planted with a prearranged "wake-up call." 

So, what are the personality traits and special abilities of Indigo Children?

Regardless of your belief in the existence of Indigo children, here are 7 personality traits prominent in people with indigo personalities.

1. They have empathy.

More empathetic than other children, they tend to have a very spiritual sense of self and are more intuitive to others than other kids their age.

2. They are strong-willed.

Most kids are a bit stubborn and rebellious at some point or another, but Indigo children tend to exceed the normal levels of stubborn rebellion. They only do what they want, period. Generally, they want to do things that go outside of social norms.

3. They are curious. 

Indigo children tend to want to learn as much as possible and think about things on deeper levels than other children.

4. They are considered to be "strange”.

Being outside of social norms, Indigo children are often seen as “strange” to their family members and friends.

5. They have a strong sense of purpose.

Have a strong sense of purpose as a person (even if they don’t know what that purpose is yet).

6. They are intelligent.

Indigo children tend to have higher IQ scores. Also, they tend to enjoy reading and learning more than their peers.

7. They are resistant to authority (especially rigid authority).

Indigo children can have issues responding to discipline rooted in guilt-based or fear-based tactics. This can make them have trouble doing well in a conventional school setting, which is why many children who have been called “Indigo children” end up being homeschooled. They have issues following authority figures and often question them.

8. They have a feeling of entitlement.

They get a sense that they deserve to be here and are oftentimes confident, borderline arrogant, because of the nature of their purpose to create positive changes.

9. They normally have high expectations of themselves and others.

This is only because they see the best in people and demand they live up to par. This trait can make their relationships a bit dodgy. 

10. They are incredibly creative.

Indigo children have a special way with their art that invites others to see the world through their perspective. 

11. They can be a bit of a loner.

Knowing they are different than others ends up separating them from the bunch, They might keep to themselves and will not compromise who they are in order to fit in.

12. They are free thinkers.

They question everything. They are never keen on blindly following something and would rather think for themselves than follow mob mentality.

13. They are extremely passionate.

They have fiery tempers and refuse to be silenced when it comes to their cause. 

14. They have a special bond with animals and nature.

Being compassionate and empathetic nature is a strong draw to you. Animals and nature are what ground these people when they need a break from the pretension of humanity. 

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15. You may have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

Many Indigo children have been misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD  when they were little. This is due to their tendency to get bored easily which makes them struggle with routine and conventional structures.

This led to most of them being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

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There are four types of Indigo Children:

1. Humanist Indigos

Focus on instructing humanity in ways of creating better connections with others. 

2. Artist Indigos

Focus on helping humanity express their feelings and emotions in healthier ways.

3. Conceptualist Indigos

Focus on inventing new technology and systems enabling humans to connect and communicate on a larger scale.

4. Catalyst Indigos

Focus on pushing humanity into new ways of thinking, often without even intending to. 

Indigo children are said to have powers and special abilities.

Indigo children have strong psychic abilities such as being clairvoyant where they can perceive things or events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact, like being able to see and communicate with those who have passed on.

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Nicole Bradley-Bernard is a writer who needs coffee more than she needs anyone’s approval. She enjoys putting bright colors in her curly brown hair, spending time outside on cool days, and being with her partner in life, Eric, who she considers a continuing source of inspiration.

Editor's Note: This article was originally posted in July 2018 and was updated with the latest information.

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