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Indigo Children & Adults: Basic Characteristics


The challenges Indigo children and adults face are very similar to those of people diagnosed with ADHD. Some people say that labeling children or adults with ADHD as being Indigos is just a way of putting a positive spin on a disorder. Needless to say, this is a controversial topic.

Do you identify with the Indigo story?

Or are you diagnosed with ADHD?

Either way I think you will resonate with many of the Indigo characteristics below. I was diagnosed with ADHD over 10 years ago. And even though I struggled with many of the typical ADHD problems I transformed my life by working on my energy on a deeper level and by fully tapping into my intuition.

If you’re interested in this topic, check out this list of some of the typical Indigo Characteristics many people with ADHD relate to.


Heightened Sensitivity

Indigo children/adults are very sensitive. Like many people diagnosed with ADHD, Indigos have a heightened sensitivity to external stimuli (sight, sound, taste, smell and touch). They also have an above average emotional sensitivity. They often feel or sense the pain (fear, anger, grief) of others which makes socializing a taxing affair.

Close relationships are sometimes compromised because Indigos can be easily thrown off balance by other people’s ‘vibes’ – they will often retreat in preference of solitude.


Sensing Inauthenticity

Indigos can sense people’s underlying motivations, often seeing past socially constructed facades. Commiserate with this ability, Indigos find it very difficult to be inauthentic. It is therefore nearly impossible for them to communicate this detection of others inauthenticity without feeling – often visibly – uncomfortable. For this reason, they may be fearful (like ADHDers) of blurting out inappropriate remarks and will avoid situations where they can’t be at ease.

To protect themselves from social stress, Indigos will try to surround themselves with people that are true to their own nature. Their inability to engage in the trivialities of small talk can be reason enough for an Indigo to avoid many social situations.


Opinions and Core Beliefs

Indigo children/adults are typically quite opinionated and are steadfast in their core beliefs. They know what they want and are not shy in expressing it. Sometimes, however, if they grow up in an environment that ‘punishes’ strong and vocal personal opinion, they may start to repress these opinions out of fear of reprimand or ostracism from the group (in school, at home etc…).

This strong personal character can manifest in many ways – for example, they don’t like to rely on others for help and will only ask for it after exhausting all other options.


Questioning the System

Indigo children/adults have the ability to identify corrupt or outdated structures or systems. This prompts frequent questioning of why they must do things in a certain way or ‘follow the rules’. They are not satisfied with answers like “because that’s the way it’s always been done”. As a result, some Indigos can find themselves engaged in fights against faulty systems while others actively avoid participating in systems they do not trust or believe in.



Another typical ADHD symptom that also manifests in Indigo children/adults is impatience. This can be exhibited in the added frustration experienced while waiting in line or standing in traffic. It can also reveal itself in the boredom Indigos experience when feeling understimulated.

While most people can occasionally become impatient, the nagging, inner friction Indigos experience from impatience and boredom pushes them to act – even when the situation calls for them to sit still, wait or be quiet.


A Sense of Not Belonging

Indigo children/adults often feel like they don’t belong. Although everyone feels this way at some time or another, the Indigo can easily become overwhelmed by this sensation – they may even feel like they are literally from another planet. Feelings of alienation can occur both at home and at school.

They can become the victim of bullying due to their inability to disguise their inner ‘difference.’ If they grow up in an unsupportive environment, they will attempt to relocate or re-create their own family amongst their friends. The decision to surround themselves with people that feel more naturally compatible with them often resolves many of their anxieties.


Psychic and Intuitive Abilities

Many Indigo children/adults demonstrate heightened psychic or intuitive abilities. The degree in which this manifests varies from person to person and is heavily influenced by environmental factors. Indigos who are unaware that they might possess these abilities can easily become confused – mainly because the Indigo child can neither contextualize these experiences nor understand specifically what’s going on.



Indigo children/adults can suffer from depression when they are unable to harness their inner strengths. Many of them are genuinely misunderstood which can create feelings of isolation, frustration and loneliness.

They usually possess a strong sense of urgency and purpose, but if their energies are not properly channeled, they can be very hard on themselves. If Indigos fail to tune into their core self, they will continue to feel both alienated and out of place.


Symptoms of Energetic Imbalance

The balanced Indigo child/adult whose energy is flowing naturally tends to be very loving, empathic and optimistic. However, to maintain energetic balance, they must remain conscious of their energy levels and rearrange or alter their environment when necessary. When Indigos are out of balance, the following symptoms (which, as stated, are similar in the case of ADHD) may occur:

  • Feeling of inner turmoil, lack of inner peace
  • Chronic fatigue or highly irregular energy patterns (ups and downs)
  • Lethargy – daydreaming, not engaging in activities or postponing things
  • Difficulty adapting to new situations – thrown off by an unannounced change of plans, new friends, new neighbors, unannounced visits,
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Strong emotional discharge like crying, anger – often as a result of excessive prolonged external stimuli
  • Easily startled by loud noises
  • Tension from situations with a lot of activity or large crowds
  • Lack of confidence and self-esteem
  • Inability to overcome negative emotional experiences (loss of a pet, change of school, parents’ divorce,…) Feelings of sadness and depression
  • Sense of getting lost in social situations – a feeling of dissolving in other people’s energy
  • Apathy – they may become apathetic and create a type of shield or defense mechanism to prevent themselves from being hurt. In some cases they may shut down their sensitivities all-together causing them to emotionally disconnect from their surroundings.


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