What Is an Indigo Child and How to Recognize If You or Your Kid Is One

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You may have heard the term Indigo Child being used with growing frequency in recent years, particularly since the 1970s.

This is when the basic idea was developed by teacher and author Nancy Ann Tappe. Or perhaps, this is the first time you are hearing of it. So what is an Indigo Child? And how can you recognize one?

Indigo Children quite simply refers to gifted children who are believed to naturally possess any kind of special abilities or traits. These can range from the magical to even the supernatural.

It is believed that these children serve as a reminder for the rest of humanity, who through time has lost touch with who we truly are – one shared body of consciousness. While the rest of us pay far more attention to our thoughts as opposed to our feelings, these children know instinctively how to connect to our collective consciousness. Some have even gone as far as to say that the generations of Indigo Children are ‘The Next Step in Human Evolution’.

So why the color Indigo? This has to do with auras; In 1982, Nancy Ann Tappe published a book titled Understanding Your Life Through Color’, a book focusing on the metaphysical concept of different colored auras that people can have, and what meaning each color holds. She states that during the 1960s, she noticed that many children were being born with indigo color auras.

Is it possible to spot an Indigo Child? Could you possibly be one yourself?

Here is a list of ten characteristics that Indigo Children are said to have, which can help you identify one.

1. They have a clear sense of purpose and self-confidence, which most people lack.

2. They can be strong-willed from an early age, and have their own unique way of doing even the simplest things. The rules and regulations the rest of us follow as children may seem trivial to them.

3. They can ignore what is ‘expected’ of them, preferring do their own thing. This can cause friction with parents and teachers.

4. Authority that allows no choice or input is rejected by them; therefore, it can be a challenge to parent or discipline an Indigo Child. Standard methods do not prove effective.

5. They can be incredibly empathic towards others and possess wisdom that even people twice or thrice their age cannot compare to.

6. Because of their different nature, they can be seen by family and friends as strangely anti-social. The exception is when they are with other Indigos like themselves – this is the only time they may feel understood and ‘at home.’

7. They have an amazing intuitive ability – they always seem to hear or know things that non-Indigos cannot explain.

8. They are insightful and have uniquely good ideas. They can provide simple solutions to complex problems, making them seem like “system busters.

9. Their high intelligence quota, combined with their creative right-brain thinking, can give them a hard time in a tradition left-brain school system

10. Their brains can process information much faster than the average person. This increased energy, if not correctly balanced, makes them prone to not only anxiety and depression but also the high likelihood of being ADD and ADHD diagnosed.

What do you think? Do any of these resonate with you, your kids or someone you know?


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Mariya is a freelance writer with a double honors degree in Computer Science and Multimedia. She has a keen interest in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from self-development, conspiracy theories, meditation, the power of the subconscious mind and the law of attraction. She loves not only helping others but also learning from different life experiences and is in constant pursuit of knowledge of any kind.


  1. Tamara Bousquet May 18, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I am one no 48 years of age .I possess all of these traits all of them luckily my parents were hippies and did not always feel the need to make me conform.I now am a meditation instructor for children .Interesting and never heard of this before but every single person I ever met that can see auras said my aura was actually Indigo .I have even had people walk right up to me and stare.I excelled in school for the first week until I finished completing the year’s work in a week with A’s then they just let me go to whatever classes I wanted .This did cause a problem for some teachers but they gave my arguments were stronger and my will well they never had a chance.Authority was definitely a problem for me lol

  2. Debbie May 22, 2016 at 6:37 am - Reply

    What if indigo children never excelled in the maths a science of schools. But spiritually and through God could see and do things. She’s been a target her whole life. Someone is constantly chasing her and ruing her life. We’re at a loss for how to take care of things now that she’s an adult. Yes it’s generational.

  3. Angelina June 1, 2016 at 5:32 am - Reply

    So what? What happens if someone is indigo?

  4. Steven June 1, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    All of the above describes perfectly the Meyers-Briggs personality type known as INFJ (Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging). INFJ’s make up less than one percent of the population.


    I you’re INFJ, you’re Indigo.

  5. Raquel May 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm - Reply


  6. Melina June 5, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I’m an Indigo Children (1986) and I just had my awakening, with 28. Just now, 3 years later, I’m starting to understanding what is this about. I feel a bit lost because there is nobody I can talk about it. People, including my husband, think I’m crazy, so I keep it to myself. I feel very lonely and I would like to know if you know anywhere I can talk to another indigos? I would like to exchange our worlds views and see what can I do to improve my abilities and together see how can we improve the world (I will tell you, it’s a long and eternal work, because we can’t control everything that happens in the Universe, but we can do make big changes to humanity, and it’s happening soon) I live a dimension of synchronicity and I don’t believe in anything religious and Im not sure if it is a spiritual thing either. But it is something much beyond we can imagine. I believe everybody can access this part of the brain, the difference is that this is already inside us waiting to wake. And comes without you asking, its very traumatic and very intense and once its there you can’t hide you don’t know it. If you identify with me, please contact me 🙂 [email protected]

  7. Daniel Abbott July 5, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I am deffinatly an indigo child. I get it from everybody that I am a different unique soul. Alot of people dont understand

  8. Gracie November 3, 2018 at 12:26 am - Reply

    We are bere to change the world one good deed at a time but its starts with healing ourselves! Practice self care, loves! I’m a married indigo mom from lonely NYC if anyone wants to chat! [email protected]

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