In recent years, the rate at which children have been diagnosed with ADHD has increased dramatically. While some parents contest that their children most definitely have ADHD, others are certain that ADHD is just a misdiagnosis for “gifted” children. These gifted children have been referred to as Indigos.
What are the Indigo children?
The term Indigo Children originates from the book “Understanding Your Life Through Color”, by Nancy Tappe, a synesthete who claims to possess the ability to perceive human energy through color. She claims that during the late 60’s she noticed children were being born with an indigo-colored energy field or aura – a color she had previously never seen in the human energy field. Indigo children/adults are said to represent a ‘new’ human phenotype possessing certain more evolved traits like distinctly higher levels of empathy and creativity as well as a tendency towards conceptual versus linear thinking.
Since Nancy’s book was first published in 1982, many people have either identified themselves as Indigos or have claimed to have Indigo children. Other phenoytypes with similar characteristics have even been added over the years; they’re most commonly called Light Workers, Crystal Children or Rainbow Children.
Nancy herself chose to remain silent as knowledge about this new phenotype was gathered – she believed this new indigo ‘life color’ was still in its infancy and more information was needed before a clear set of Indigo characteristics could be established.
In her new book, “Indigos, the Quiet Storm”, Nancy discusses personal observations regarding Indigos and their true purpose. According to her, Indigo children/adults are on earth to facilitate the transition to a new energetic frequency and to bring about ‘one world’ populated by ‘one people,’ also commonly called the Golden Age.
Although there’s still a fair amount of controversy regarding the Indigo movement, its ideas have gained a lot of traction, especially in recent years. Many people identify with Indigo, Crystal or Rainbow characteristics. They seem to find comfort in the fact that they’re not alone in their struggle to adjust to the different energies currently occurring on our planet, or what is sometimes referred to as the “Intuition Age”.
Similarities between Indigo characteristics and people diagnosed with ADHD
- Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
- Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
- Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
- Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
- Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework).
- Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
- Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
- Forgetful in daily activities.
At least six of the following signs of hyperactivity-impulsivity often apply:
- Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
- Leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected.
- Runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness).
- Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly.
- Appears “on the go” or acts as if “driven by a motor.”
- Talks excessively.
- Blurts out the answers before the questions have been completed.
- Has difficulty awaiting turn.
- Interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).