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The Indigo Child (or Indigo) was first described in 1999 by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober in their book "The Indigo Children." The authors credit Nancy Ann Tappe, author of "Understanding Your Life Through Color," with the identification of the indigo life color as contributing to the authors identification of the Indigo Child.

In "The Indigo Children" Carroll and Tober identify ten characteristics of Indigos which include good self worth, innovation, difficulty integrating into a school setting and tendency toward frustration.

In 2001 Dr. Doreen Virtue expanded on this list in her very informative book "The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children" identifying the following characteristics of the Indigo Child:
  1. Strong-willed.
  2. Born in 1978 or later.
  3. Headstrong.
  4. Creative with an artistic flair.
  5. Prone to addiction,
  6. An "old soul."
  7. Intuitive or psychic, possibly with a history of seeing angels or deceased people.
  8. An isolationist, either through aggressive acting our or fragile introversion.
  9. Independent and proud, even if they're constantly asking you for money.
  10. Possesses a deep desire to help the world in a big way.
  11. Wavers between low self-esteem and grandiosity.
  12. Bores easily.
  13. Has probably been diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD.
  14. Prone to insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares or difficulty / fear of falling asleep.
  15. Has a history of depression or even suicidal thoughts or attempts.
  16. Looks for real, deep and lasting friendships.
  17. Easily bonds with plants or animals.
Dr. Virtue states that the Indigo may be psychically identified by the presence of the color indigo in their aura. She stresses the extreme sensitivity of the Indigo Child and gives practical advice in regard to diet, ADD, environmental toxins, behavior and sleep issues making "The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children" a wonderful resource for parents and adult Indigos alike. Calling the Indigos warrior souls, she believes that their mission is to help usher in a new age of peace. And for the most part, I agree with her.

I would encourage anyone who can see their child in the traits listed above to immediately acknowledge how special and sensitive that child is. In a society which may not respect the Indigos special gifts, it is crucial that the Indigo parent honors their child's unique traits. It is almost always detrimental to compare these children to others who may be more suited to the system as it exists today.

It can be difficult to advocate for your child in the face of institutions, or even family, who insist that the Indigo needs to conform to the status quo but it is essential that the Indigo parent does just that. The mission of these special children, according to Dr. Virtue, is to challenge and ultimately change the old institutions and structures. They can't do that without good support on the ground!

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