Indigo children

Indigo children are supposedly a set of children having certain special psychological and spiritual attributes. The indigo child concept was first popularized by the book, The Indigo Children, written by the husband and wife team of Lee Carroll and Jan Tober1, with the contributions of medical doctors, psychologists, and parents whose essays are included in the text. The adjective "indigo" is used because it is claimed these children appear with an indigo-hued aura.


The concept

Those who support the concept claim the proportion of 'indigos' in recent times to be very large and increasing, rising from 85% in 1992 to 95% at some point after 1994 [1] ( In previous decades the proportion was supposedly much lower.

Although Carroll states that most of the traits of indigos are observable, the indigo child concept is also a metaphysical concept. Carroll describes himself as a channeller for Kryon, an angelic being. One of the books's six chapters focuses on spiritual aspects of indigos, and includes information that is best classified as new age metaphysical. Some individuals believe the "arrival" of indigo children is wholly a spiritual phenomenon, and that indigo children are the beginning of a new hybrid, possibly alien.

The Indigo Child hypothesis

According to Carroll and Tober, "the Indigo Child is a boy or girl who displays a new and unusual set of psychological attributes, revealing a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before." They assert these children are often misdiagnosed with Attention-Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and they advise parents to avoid medicating these children for that condition. This pattern, they believe, has unique factors that call on parents and teachers to change their treatment and upbringing of these children in order to assist them in achieving balance and harmony in their lives, and to help them avoid frustration.

The title "indigo children" is given to people who were born in the 1980s and 1990s, with some being born in the 1970s. Some sources use the term "crystal children" to describe indigos at a young age (younger than age 7); and some state that the children being born today (after the year 2000) are "crystal children" who are more sensitive and spiritually connected than the indigos, who are more warrior-like in their nature.

Carroll and Tober have not detailed why their classification is particularly more useful or accurate than approaches based on conventional child psychology and sociology; rather, they claim the list was simply channeled by Carroll from the mystical entity Kryon and are observable attributes. They identify ten attributes that best describe the indigo child:

  • They come into the world with a feeling of royalty (and often act like it).
  • They have a feeling of "deserving to be here," and are surprised when others don't share that.
  • Self-worth is not a big issue; they often tell the parents "who they are."
  • They have difficulty with absolute authority (authority without explanation or choice).
  • They simply will not do certain things; for example, waiting in line is difficult for them.
  • They get frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented and don't require creative thought.
  • They often see better ways of doing things, both at home and in school, which makes them seem like "system busters" (nonconforming to any system).
  • They seem antisocial unless they are with their own kind. If there are no others of like consciousness around them, they often turn inward, feeling like no other human understands them. School is often extremely difficult for them socially.
  • They will not respond to "guilt" discipline ("Wait till your father gets home and finds out what you did").
  • They are not shy in letting it be known what they need.

Other authors have described emotional patterns of indigo children2 and ways to relate to/with indigo children in home and school environments3.

This new type of child is believed to have come forwards for a reason; most often cited is that they will improve the world in some way. The changes generally discussed involve bringing peace, toppling corrupt institutions, and a shift from allopathic medicine to a greater understanding of more natural alternatives. According to many of the sources, indigo children are more in touch with universal truth, and do not tolerate or understand behaviors or systems that are not in harmony with universal truth.

It is often said that the world will change a great deal because the indigo children will naturally rise to positions of power; indeed, if indigos are as common as it is claimed, it is likely that when their generation reaches adulthood they will occupy these (and most other) positions.

Indigo children are sometimes said to possess an extreme longevity, with a lifespan of several hundred years. This is one of the few provable claims, although obviously not within the authors' lifetime.

Non-mystic interpretations

It is possible to use the traits assigned to indigo Children as a weakly scientific observation of social trends, rather than as a signifier of a new race or form of consciousness. In this context, the work has been more accessible to skeptics of new age ideas. Educators, generally, have not embraced the indigo child hypothesis, although other professionals, including medical doctors, psychologists, and hypnotherapists, have written essays that are included in Carroll's work. Some alternative educators have accepted the indigo concept, and have related their mission to the needs of indigo children1,4. Philosophies that resonate with indigos' style of learning may include experiential education, multiple intelligence strategies, project-based learning, unschooling, and student-centered learning.


Critics of the indigo children hypothesis claim that it is more pseudoscience than a serious scientific way of understanding social changes. The Skeptic's Dictionary asserts: "the main thesis of The Indigo Children is that many children diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are actually space aliens." Believers in this concept have proposed classifying it as protoscience rather than pseudoscience.

Indigo children are often the offspring of new age parents. Exposed to new age thinking, it might be taken as unsurprising that the children possess a greater fluency of 'spiritual language' than earlier generations. Having been told that the vast majority of children are now "indigos", new age parents in fear of suppressing this 'special' generation may be encouraging behaviors that would otherwise have been thought antisocial. The traits listed by the authors could be interpreted as simple arrogance and selfish individualism.

Just as critics claim many people tend towards astrology because it presents believers with complimentary accounts of themselves, critics of the indigo children concept claim that parents relate to the hypothesis because it provides a more flattering conclusion about their children than that of conventional science. The schema of a very gifted person being troubled during childhood is common in Western society, and parents may prefer to believe a child who has trouble fitting in is especially gifted rather than suffering from a condition like ADD. Some claim the labeling of a child as "indigo" is irresponsible as it may keep children shielded from scientific diagnosis, and for increasing the pressure on already struggling children by unrealistically raising parental expectation. To critics, The Indigo Children is a nice sounding, but ultimately vapid way to avoid addressing the moral panic surrounding medicines such as Ritalin.

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1Carroll, Lee & Tober, Jan(1999). The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.

2Lancaster, Dianne (2002). Anger and the Indigo Child. Boulder: Wellness Press.

3Redman, Deb (2001). "Investing in Adult Understanding of Special Children." Chicago: Project Legacy.

4Simpson, K. (2004). "The Beach School: Giving Chldren the Freedom to Learn." Children of the New Earth, 2:1, pp. 92-95.[[Category:

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