Adult Indigos

Are You an Adult Indigo?

Yes, You can be an adult Indigo. They did not JUST start coming in now, the numbers have just been increasing more and more til there are so many we finally can not ignore them. Yeay!!! Are you an adult Indigo?

Please note, I (Wendy Chapman) am the first person to publish anything about indigo adults. Everything else I had heard or read prior to 2001 said that indigo children started in the late 70s and early 80s. I received thousands of emails in 1999 and 2000 from people who claimed to be adult indigo children. These people were over 25, and mostly over 30 years old, and had very similar characteristics to indigo children, plus or minus a few. The differences to indigo children were reliably coming up in nearly every letter. I collated this data and came up with a list of indigo adult characteristics, published here in Feb. 2001. The list has born the test of time, with tens of thousands more people recognizing themselves and writing to me. I am very glad to have made this contribution to the world!

Many indigos seem to find solace in finally knowing why they are different from the general population and in knowing they are not completely alone. I began the indigo adults mailing list on yahoogroups in April 2001, which now in 2005 has over 2100 members and the indigo-adults-moderated (on topic) list, which has over 700 members. Follow the links at the bottom of the page to join either of these. These lists are virtual communities for indigo adults. I am writing a book about indigo adults to help spread the word to reach more indigos.

~Wendy Chapman

Indigo Adult Characteristics

  • Are intelligent, though may not have had top grades.

  • Are very creative and enjoy making things.

  • Always need to know WHY, especially why they are being asked to do something.

  • Had disgust and perhaps loathing for much of the required and repetitious work in school.

  • Were rebellious in school in that they refused to do homework and rejected authority of teachers, OR seriously wanted to rebel, but didn't DARE, usually due to parental pressure.

  • May have experienced early existential depression and feelings of helplessness. These may have ranged from sadness to utter despair. Suicidal feelings while still in high school or younger are not uncommon in the Indigo Adult.

  • Have difficulty in service-oriented jobs. Indigos resist authority and caste system of employment.

  • Prefer leadership positions or working alone to team positions.

  • Have deep empathy for others, yet an intolerance of stupidity.

  • May be extremely emotionally sensitive including crying at the drop of a hat (no shielding) Or may be the opposite and show no expression of emotion (full shielding).

  • May have trouble with RAGE.

  • Have trouble with systems they consider broken or ineffective, ie. political, educational, medical, and legal.

  • Alienation from or anger with politics - feeling your voice won't count and/or that the outcome really doesn't mattter.

  • Frustration with or rejection of the traditional American dream - 9-5 career, marriage, 2.5 children, house with white picket fence, etc.

  • Anger at rights being taken away, fear and/or fury at "Big Brother watching you."

  • Have a burning desire to do something to change and improve the world. May be stymied what to do. May have trouble identifying their path.

  • Have psychic or spiritual interest appear fairly young - in or before teen years.

  • Had few if any Indigo role models. Having had some doesn't mean you're not an indigo, though.

  • Have strong intuition.

  • Random behavior pattern or mind style - (symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder). May have trouble focusing on assigned tasks, may jump around in conversations.

  • Have had psychic experiences, such as premonitions, seeing angels or ghosts, out of body experiences, hearing voices.

  • May be electrically sensitive such as watches not working and street lights going out as you move under them, electrical equipment malfunctioning and lights blowing out.

  • May have awareness of other dimensions and parallel realities.

  • Sexually are very expressive and inventive OR may reject sexuality in boredom or with intention of achieving higher spiritual connection. May explore alternative types of sexuality.

  • Seek meaning to their life and understanding about the world May seek this through religion or spirituality, spiritual groups and books, self-help groups and books.

  • When they find balance they may become very strong, healthy, happy individuals.

Please note, anyone could have a few of these traits, but Indigo Adults have most or all of these 25 characteristics.

I am open to input about other indigo adult characteristics. Please write me if you would like to make suggestions for this list. I welcome your input!

If you would like to reference this list of indigo adults characteristics on any published source, I would really appreciate it if you wrote me at to request permission. The following is the correct way to reference this article:

Chapman, W. (2001). Are you an indigo adult? Metagifted Education Resource Organization, Retrieved June 21, 2021 , from

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