7 Traits of Indigo Adults: Are You One?

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We have been hearing a lot about Indigo children recently as they are becoming increasingly common, but what about Indigo adults?

Indigos are not a recent phenomenon, they have been arriving for decades so there are plenty of Indigo adults around, too.

Read through the following signs to find out if you’re one of them.

1. You always need to know why

Indigo adults rarely accept things ‘just because’; they have a strong need to understand ‘why’ things happen. Indigos question things incessantly, seeking to understand the meaning behind why things are the way they are. Indigos may in particular question inequality, suffering, hate and war as they cannot understand what fuels man’s inhumanity to man.

2. You dislike unnecessarily authoritarian regimes

One of the things Indigos often question is authority. This is because they do not believe the accepted wisdom is always correct. Indigos may have had a hard time at school because they argued with the accepted ways of doing things.

They can often be seen as argumentative and troublemakers, however, they do not necessarily mean to cause trouble, they simply cannot keep quiet when they see unfairness and inequality.

For this reason, Indigos often become apathetic towards conventional political and social systems. Instead of focusing on these old systems, they attempt to make changes in new ways such as sharing their views via new media forms, becoming active in environmental projects, or working in the healing professions.

3. You cannot bear to see others suffering

Indigo adults find it very difficult to bear the suffering of others because of their deeply empathetic nature. For this reason, Indigos may avoid watching too much news – not because they don’t care what is happening in the world, but because they care so much. For an Indigo, watching innocent people suffer through famine, war or natural disasters is traumatic and the feelings are worsened when the cause of the pain is avoidable such as in cases of war or the misuse of resources by large corporations. Indigos often avoid violent media in general because their empathy levels are so high that watching distressing scenes causes them emotional pain.

4. You have a close affinity with animals

Indigo adults often have a close affinity with animals. If they are able to, they may rescue animals or support animal charities. Indigos love spending time in nature and enjoy looking after gardens and houseplants, too. They also love to watch documentaries about animal behavior and the beauty of the planet we share with them. Indigos do not believe that animals are less important than humans in this world because they understand that everything is connected and we are all equal and interdependent.

5. You have feelings of existential despair.

Many Indigo adults have felt depression, helplessness and despair in their lives. These feelings may have started in the teenage years and cycled ever since. These feelings are often caused by the fact that Indigos simply cannot understand the harm that humans do to one another, the disregard for Mother Nature or the emphasis on power and profit. Indigos can often feel that they don’t fit in to a society that sometimes seems cold and uncaring. They can find building relationships tricky as they find it difficult to relate to others and are scared that people will think they are ‘weird’. They don’t like to judge others or gossip and are often not interested in material things or popular culture. Once Indigos find a cause they can work towards to make a positive difference in the world, the feelings of despair often lift.

6. You have had some unusual spiritual experiences

Indigo adults often develop an interest in psychic or spiritual phenomena from an early age, much to the surprise of their family and friends. It is not uncommon for Indigo children to share a desire to visit religious buildings or to pray, despite being brought up in non-religious families. This interest continues to develop as Indigos reach adulthood.

Indigo adults are open-minded about spirituality and religion, seeing only the love and light behind them rather than accepting religious dogma. Indigos may have had experiences with seeing beings from other realms such as spirits, ghosts or angels. They may have also have had many ‘bliss’ experiences and felt an awareness of other dimensions and parallel realities.

Indigos might also experience problems in the material world such as being unable to wear watches as they always stop working, having problems with computers and other technologies behaving strangely when they are around, or finding the lights around them frequently flicker or blow out. Indigos often have a special affinity with the time 11:11 and notice it often when they happen to glance at a clock.

7. You feel a strong need to find your life purpose

Indigo adults often feel a burning desire to find and achieve their life purpose. They may feel a very strong need to make a difference in the world and leave it a better place. However, it is not always easy for them to find this sense of purpose within the society in which we live. In a society that values hard work, financial and social success, political power and consumerism, Indigos can often feel like failures. This can lead to frustration within the Indigo person who feels this deep need to achieve their potential but cannot find the structures to support them in this desire.

Learning to listen to their intuition may be the first step an Indigo adult needs to take to move towards their life purpose. Their intuition will then lead them towards people with similar values and sources of information that will support them on their path. When an Indigo adult can learn to question the social norms of their culture and society and seek a deeper sense of meaning, they can begin to strive towards their sense of purpose and begin to flourish.

Indigo adults can make a real difference in the world because of their special gifts. If you think you are an Indigo, then it is well worth exploring this dimension of your spirituality further to enable you to bring your unique gifts of light and love to the world.

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Kirstie Pursey
Kirstie works as a writer, blogger and storyteller and lives in London with her family of people, dogs and cats. She is a lover of reading, writing, being in nature, fairy lights, candles, firesides and afternoon tea. Kirstie has trouble sitting still which is why she created www.notmeditating.com to share techniques and practices for tuning out the busy mind. She is also the author of Not Meditating: Finding Peace, Love and Happiness Without Sitting Still.

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By | 2017-01-13T21:47:12+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Categories: Self-Improvement, Self-Knowledge & Personality Tests, Spirituality|Tags: , , |22 Comments


  1. aziz October 7, 2016 at 9:24 pm - Reply


  2. Abirame October 8, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

    I am an indigo! I never knew that people with all these characteristics are called an indigo. Thank you for this article because now I can relate with something and the article is well written too. Thanks Kirstie!

  3. DORA VAXEVANOPOULOU October 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    what about the year 1983?I ‘ve read that year was sth to do with indigo children

    • Nikki October 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      I was born in that year. I am positive I am an idigo adult. I have not heard of this before though, and why 1983?

  4. LuvBuG October 9, 2016 at 11:24 pm - Reply


  5. Nancy Roos October 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I feel that after reading this well written article that i and also my mother are indigos. Thank you for this great insight!!!!

  6. Janis Orband October 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Wow!!! I am 67 years old and am definitely an indigo. Thank you so much for this post. I finally feel understood. Along with everything else listed I have been seeing 1111 daily since I was a little girl.

  7. Susan October 15, 2016 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Thankyou Kirstie, it feels nice to know. 💖

  8. Aditi October 15, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    What do you do, when and if you think you’re an indigo child/adult. In reality who will listen to you, how do you bring it up? Do you clear all the misconceptionslots you’ve had with yourself and other people, or do you just let it all pass?
    4 out of the choices (I meant ) apply to me, or I’m going crazy!

    • Bethany June 17, 2017 at 7:12 am - Reply

      I will listen. Indigos, or empaths are real. There are many of us. You are not alone. Seek groups that have your gifts.

  9. JB October 17, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    wow… thats me!!! 🙂

  10. Hana October 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Oh, wow. I am obsessed with my life purpose and 80% of other text is also truth about me. What is your purpose in life, indigo guys?

  11. Dr. Richard W. October 21, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Interesting article….. not surprising to me…… that I appear to fit in this ‘new’ category. Be wary, however, because the American Psychological Association will try to pathologize ‘indigos’ because the APA (s) psychology and psychiatry are basically organizations of social control established in society. , richard, retired forensic neuropsychologist

  12. Jigisha December 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I am an Indigo

  13. Sean February 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Lights flickering or blowing out, computers behaving weirdly (I work in i.t so know theyre not meant to behave like that) watches never working.. am definitely an Indigo

  14. Doris Witymann February 20, 2017 at 3:36 am - Reply

    I am a Magenta, NOT an Indigo. I do hsve an Indigo daughter. Nancy Ann Tappe first wrote about indigos in her book on life colours. I am a spiritual, conscious person and all of these traits also apply to me.
    It’s nice to understand yourself and associate with a group but be aware that you are also unique and don’t be limited by names and labels..

  15. Jane April 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I am Indigo

  16. GINAS LIGHT April 29, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply


  17. Jeffery Barber April 29, 2017 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    You can’t just decide to be an indigo.

    You may have noticed that miss Pursey has a degree in creative writing, and not physiology or psychology, and does not say whether she studies such facets of being human. She seems to want to create something bigger than what it really is. She fails to mention what the origins of “indigos” are, or who they are.

    Indigo refers to the color of their aura.

    There are three castes of humanity, mortal, immortal, and divine. Mortals and immortals radiate at a single vibrational frequency, that can be a single color of the spectrum, from red, and up to indigo.

    The color “violet” is reserved solely the Sanat Kumara, who is the true son of God, and is the only one that can possess the violet.

    A divine individual has a greater consciousness and they radiate across the entire visible spectrum. That radiation across the entire spectrum , as any third grader can tell you create a white aura. This white aura is tantamount to a true halo, and all divine individuals possess a white aura.

    The thing is that indigo is as far up the scale of vibrational frequency as a mortal can attain, without being the Son of God.

    Indigos have not been arriving more recently or more than before. There are the same percentage of indigo as there ever has been. There has always been indigos, and in the same ratio as always. In fact, if anything, with the timeline of history being at the end of the line, I’d be inclined to tell you we’ve been dumbed down, of late.

    The attributes that the author mentions about “indigos” are actually referring to divine individuals.

    You cannot just be an indigo because you want to. You need to find a divine seer, preferably one with a solid track record and credentials (attestations) that can perceive and see such things.

  18. Jane I Taylor June 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    i am an Indigo, always challenged the world. I can see when things are not right, Psychology when they have got it wrong, miss diagnosing people with psychological conditions. I am a Psychotherapist and Counsellor. Got the qualifications so I could challenge the so called experts. My role in life is to right wrongs and help people, animals, nature. Computers fail when I go into banks or shops, electrical appliances fail to work etc, happened since I was a child. I think my son is also an adult Indigo.

  19. Cheeta June 13, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I have all 7 traits. This has enlighten me on my journey and I will seek more on being an Indigo

  20. Rich Tea-Biscuit July 8, 2017 at 12:51 am - Reply

    I don’t label myself and nor should any of you.
    The fundamental paradox of existence is that we are both here and not here;
    We have so many roles in life that we cannot be described yet quantum physics states that everything can be/and is quantifiable.
    We are both matter and energy at the same time as quantum physics states that at the lowest level matter and energy are interchangeable.
    We are all linked on a fundamental level so I guess some people feel that link better than others.
    There is a bridge between us all yet I can’t truly explain it.
    And to be perfectly honest I wouldn’t want to know.
    Would you?

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7 Traits of Indigo Adults: Are You One?