Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What Wiki says...

...about indigo children. Here are some excerpts:

Indigo children is a New Age concept developed by Nancy Ann Tappe describing children who are alleged to possess special traits or abilities.

Ummm, I'm not into New Age stuff.

Beliefs about indigo children range from their being the next stage in human evolution, possessing paranormal abilities such as telepathy, and lacking communication skills to the belief that they are simply more empathetic and creative than their non-indigo peers. There are no scientific studies that give credibility to the existence or traits of indigo children. Many children labeled "indigo" are put on pharmaceutical medicine .

Umm, I don't think C has paranormal abilities. Neither does she need pharmaceutical meds.

Skeptics suggest that the indigo phenomenon is due to parents preferring to believe their children are special, rather than having a medical diagnosis which implies damage or imperfection. Also criticized are the traits used to describe children, which have been compared to the Forer effect - so vague as to be able to apply to anyone.

Possible?

According to research psychologist Russell Barkley, the New Age movement has yet to produce empirical evidence of the existence of indigo children and the 17 traits most commonly attributed to them were akin to the Forer effect; so vague they could describe nearly anyone. There is also concern that labeling a disruptive child an "indigo" may delay proper diagnosis and treatment that may help the child.[2][5] Others have stated that many of the traits of indigo children could be more prosaically interpreted as simple arrogance and selfish individualism, which parents with certain New Age beliefs see as being something that they are not.

This is not the only link I checked out. When I typed "indigo children" into Google, it produced over one million results. I checked out the top few. So far, I've found nothing highly convincing.

1 comment:

Brian and I'Ching Thomas said...

Empiricism is exactly what the New Age movement is rejecting - so it'll be hard to find much of what they promote empirically proven.