Anyone watch CSI last night?  Well I did.  Not the entire thing mind you.  TiVo and TiVo-like devices are a wonderful thing.  I was only able to catch the first 20 minutes or so, but something caught my attention.  The mother of this young girl, who, by the way, was a prodigy – all of 12 years old and a senior in high school – called her daughter an “indigo child.”  And then went on to say how attuned to the world and people around her she was.  (This is about the time I ended up doing something else – I think I decided to catch 20 minutes or so of Wednesday night’s Lost – yes, TiVo does contribute to my attention deficit (and please, no offense to those who are actually diagnosed ADD – I am easily distracted) – so I have no idea how this whole thing ended, but I was intrigued by the term “indigo child.”)  So you know I had to look it up today.

Indigo children is a New Age term used to refer to a set of children having certain special psychological and spiritual attributes. The indigo child concept was first publicised by the book The Indigo Children, written by the husband and wife team of Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. Carroll insists that the concept was obtained via conversations with a spiritual entity known as “Kryon”. The adjective “indigo” is used because it is claimed these children appear with an indigo-hued aura.

Well, slap my ass and call me Charlie.  These guys oughta get together with TomKat and Vinny Barbarino.  Now, I am not one to call anyone on their spiritual beliefs – you can believe in whatever you want to believe.  I’m Catholic, I carry my own oddities and guilt-ridden baggage.  So I looked past the whole “Kryon” and aura thing and wanted to find out what exactly sets “indigo children” apart from those with inferior hues.  Well, here are the attributes of an “indigo child”:

  • They come into the world with a feeling of royalty (and often act like it).
  • They have a feeling of “deserving to be here,” and are surprised when others don’t share that.
  • Self-worth is not a big issue; they often tell the parents “who they are.”
  • They have difficulty with absolute authority (authority without explanation or choice).
  • They simply will not do certain things; for example, waiting in line is difficult for them.
  • They get frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented and don’t require creative thought.
  • They often see better ways of doing things, both at home and in school, which makes them seem like “system busters” (nonconforming to any system).
  • They seem antisocial unless they are with their own kind. If there are no others of like consciousness around them, they often turn inward, feeling like no other human understands them. School is often extremely difficult for them socially.
  • They will not respond to “guilt” discipline (“Wait till your father gets home and finds out what you did”).
  • They are not shy in letting it be known what they need.

Hmmmm – is it just me or are these the exact same qualities one would attribute to a brat?  If I saw a child with this kind of personality, I think I would be quietly reassur