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Indigo children and auras of color, another New Age hoax

Indigo children and auras of color, another New Age hoax

April 20, 2024

Have you heard about the Indigo Children ? It is no secret that childhood is a difficult stage l. Not only because of the succession of rapid changes to which it is associated; also by the frictions that may arise between an inexperienced person, relatively impulsive and unaware of many social customs and adults with whom he lives and who provide protection, education and affection.

The widespread fraud of pseudosciences

To the complications that appear in the relationship between children and adults we must add the difficulty with which young people express what they feel and identify their own thought patterns, and the result of this is that many people are prone to misunderstand children. This margin for misinterpretation may be relevant enough to include misguided judgments about the intentions or interests of the children, or it may be broad enough to affect the way of perceiving the child's own nature.


It is in this second case that the pseudoscience of New Age dyes has fertile ground to make ideas as dangerous as those of Indigo Children .

What are Indigo Children?

The idea of ​​indigo children was born during the 80s with a book of the New Age current called Understanding Your Life Through Color, by Nancy Tappe. In it, the author was able to see an invisible aura that surrounds people and informs the nature of each one. Thanks to this gift, Tappe would have been able to discover a rapid growth in the number of people born with a bluish aura, indicating something similar to a qualitative change in the evolution of history. These young people of blue aura are indigo children, people endowed with a privileged relationship with the spiritual and with certain special properties.


Forer effect to fool the uninformed

The description of the typology of the indigo child is broad enough for several New Age gurus to profit by generating content on the subject, and ambiguous enough to take advantage of a good dose of Forer Effect in front of public opinion. The only thing more or less concrete that can be known about indigo children is that they need a different treatment and education from other children, they are more sensitive to the "spiritual plane" of reality and they bring a message of peace from mysterious and immaterial instances . Each of these children is something like an outpost of a new world full of peace and love that is to come, the first signs of a paradigm shift, etc.

Because of the pseudoscientific basis of the "Indigo Children" concept, it can scarcely be said that it is a theory or a hypothesis. It is, in any case, another piece of the museum of speculations that, by resorting to spiritual elements to be explained, they can not be put to the test.


Why is it dangerous to believe all this?

Listening to this type of ideas can be very harmful if it helps to mask the problems or challenges that the child faces. For example, a variant of indigo children called "Crystal children" it can be related to cases of autism or the very controversial ADHD, or it acts as a label applied to young people who simply show some unusual aspects or behaviors and who therefore find it difficult to adapt to some environments. For example, it is tempting to start believing in the special properties of a child if that allows us to deny a neurological or psychological diagnosis that causes rejection.

In addition, since the texts about indigo children can refer to the special needs of these people and their "superior" abilities, something similar to a caste system or a new form of racism is generated, this time in a color that it is not seen: that of the aura. On the other hand, the messianic message associated with indigo children displaces very concrete and material problems by displacing them to a spiritual world, thereby creating a teleology that is hardly justifiable.

Finally, it should be noted that when you are reading about the existence of indigo children, you are reading something that belongs to the fantasy genre. It can be entertaining if it is digested for what it really is: a series of fictitious stories about reality developed with more or less sense and with more or less complexity. However, given the large volume of pseudoscientific content with which year after year we are bombarded by New Age writers, it would be interesting to ask ourselves if we would not win by changing these texts by those of Tolkien, Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett.

After all, the mundane beings and bound to the materiality we have to render accounts before the god of time well invested .


Inside the Strange, Psychic World of Indigo Children (April 2024).


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