Mystery And Strange Facts Of Indigo Children

Indigo Child is a term that is used to describe children who are believed to possess special or unusual abilities and even supernatural abilities. This concept about indigo children is a fictitious science based on the idea of the New Age in the 1970s. This concept became famous after the publication of several books in the late 1990s and the release of several films a decade later. The interpretations of indigo vary starting from those who believe that they are the next stage of human evolution to mention that indigo child as more empathic and creative person.

Mysteries and Strange Facts of Indigo Children
 Indigo Children

Although there is no single research evidence to prove the existence of indigo children or their nature, the phenomenon attracts the attention of parents whose children are diagnosed with learning difficulties or those who want a special child. The skeptic people see it as a way for parents to avoid pediatric treatment or a proper psychiatric diagnosis. The list of attributes of indigo children is also is also criticized for being so common. Moreover, the indigo phenomenon is also accused as a tool to mine money from the parents. Here are some characteristics of Indigo Children.

  • Empathic, full of curiosity, strong desire, independent, and often considered weird by friends and family
  • Knowing himself and having a clear purpose
  • Having a strong spiritual subconscious since childhood
  • Believing that he is worthy to be in the world
  • Having a high IQ and an intuitive ability
  • Often refuse to follow rules or instructions

According to psychologist Russell Barkley, the movement of the New Age has not produced any evidence of the existence of indigo children and the nature that associated with the indigo child is a Forer effect or too general so it can be attributed to almost anyone. The lack of a scientific basis for the concept of indigo is recognized by some indigo supporters such as Doreen Virtue, author of The Care and Feeding of Indigos and other.

The Psychiatric experts are also worried because indigo labeling can inhibit the correct diagnosis and treatment that can help the child. Nick Colangelo, a professor at the University of Iowa also stated that the first indigo book should not be published. Many children who are labeled as indigo are diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the Tober and Carroll's book entitled “The Indigo Children” links the concept of indigo with ADHD diagnosis. Robert Todd Carroll states that labeling children as indigo is an alternative to a diagnosis that seems to indicate imperfection, disability or psychiatric illness.

After connecting the concept of indigo children with fear of using Ritalin to control ADHD, it certainly makes sense that parents prefer to believe that their child is special and chosen rather than accepting the fact that their child has a psychiatric illness. Stephen Hinshaw, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley stated that the fear of over-treatment of the child makes sense, but the gifted children who are diagnosed with ADHD can learn better with more structure. Many children who labeled as indigo have been admitted to the homeschool.

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