The term ‘indigo child’ was coined in 1982 by parapsychologist Nancy Ann Tappe in her book ” Understanding Your Life Through Color ” and used it to refer to children who had an indigo colored aura. According to this parapsychologist, 20% of children under the age of ten and 17% of children between 13 and 17 years old have an indigo aura that determines their personality characteristics. However, it was not until 1998 that this term began to become popular thanks to the book ” The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived ” by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober.
It is worth clarifying that the term ‘indigo child’ is not accepted by Psychology and Psychiatry but is usually used within the New Age current to refer to a generation that, according to them, is distinguished because it is at a higher level of human evolution. Those who defend this hypothesis assure that this generation of children presents a superior development from the social, psychological and spiritual point of view. Basically, these little ones develop a series of psychological and cognitive characteristics that are above average and show more mature and assertive behavior patterns than the rest. They are children who develop earlier than their peers and who show superior capacities in certain areas.
The qualities that distinguish an indigo child
These children are not only characterized by having an indigo aura but also have certain characteristics that make them special:
- They have great creative ability and are very resourceful.
- They have an IQ above average.
- They instinctively develop special talents.
- They solve academic or daily life problems very easily.
- They are very restless and have a lot of energy , in fact they are often hyperactive children.
- They show special aptitudes for new technologies.
- They are emotionally mature and have high self-esteem.
- They get frustrated when they have to follow strict and authoritarian rules.
- Sometimes they show rebellious behavior .
- Sometimes they have behavior problems caused by their rebellion and nonconformity.
- They develop great sensitivity and empathy.
- They are very sensitive, so they often suffer from allergies.
- They are very open and express their needs without difficulty.
- They focus their attention on the issues that interest them , but lose concentration easily when the subject does not appeal to them.
- They often feel lonely and misunderstood because they have a hard time finding other children like them.
How to stimulate an indigo child?
Educating indigo children is not an easy task. One of the main aspects that parents should not overlook is their academic training since, as they usually have an IQ above the average, what they learn in school is not usually enough for them and they need to receive a more complete education. An excellent alternative to quench their thirst for knowledge is to provide them with new educational opportunities, from workshops and extracurricular courses to themed summer courses.
It is also important that parents take steps to prevent the little one from becoming a rebellious child. You may not like to follow the rules, but it is important that you learn to follow the rules and that you have clear and precise limits. A good strategy to prevent these limits from becoming a problem is to take their opinion into account and explain the why of the rules.
Also, parents should not overlook the emotional needs of these children, they have to let them know that they can be trusted. It is important that they listen to them and transmit confidence and serenity since although these little ones can be very mature for their age, in the end they are just children.