Indigo children: new trend or undiagnosed ADHD?

Indigo children would get their aura through some intrinsic characteristics they were born with. McCormick, who believes in the concept of the indigo child, lists some of the most common traits:

  • Self-confidence: Indigo children are “free thinkers on a mission”.
  • Extreme Intelligence: They tend to have high IQ scores.
  • Emotivity: Indigo children are extremely sensitive to their emotions, which helps them empathize with others.
  • Creativity: Many are gifted in art and music, although they are easily bored.
  • Spirit of rebellion: They reject authority and injustice.

Indigo children are not only children with unique characteristics, according to believers. In fact, they are said to be more evolved than their peers. McCormick explains that indigo children (and adults for that matter) often possess gifts like telepathy and some can even “interact with spirits due to their high vibrational energy.”

“Many believe they are here to help usher in a new era of spiritual growth and enlightenment,” Mulla says. He notes that indigos are known for their “strong sense of justice” and are inspired to go against the grain if it means standing up for what they believe in.

Although many children are sensitive to some degree, indigo children “are at the extreme end of that sensitivity,” says human design guide Andrea Ward Berg in an email. “How this can manifest can include increased discomfort in certain places or around certain people, interrupted sleep, heightened imagination, and difficulty adhering to our ‘social norms,’” she explains.

Berg has a 4-year-old son who she believes is an indigo child. “On the one hand, it’s incredibly rewarding to watch him discover the world,” she says. “He’s extremely creative, caring and so much fun to be around. On the other hand, it’s often difficult because he’s so on the extreme when it comes to sensitivity.”

She says she has worked with teachers and family members to “help them understand where her unique experience comes from.” She chooses to view his sensitivity as a gift “so my biggest challenge as a parent is to support him in developing skills to understand and work in the world without dampening his sensitivity or casting doubt around his abilities”.

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