Published: 02nd August 2007
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Do you know the colors of the rainbow by heart? I guess you have encountered the acronym ROYGBIV to remember the colors of the rainbow. Let me guess? You might answer R for red, O for orange, Y for yellow, and so on. How about the I? Probably one of the not so common color that we encounter in our everyday life is the color INDIGO. Indigo got its name from a plant once used by the ancient Maya people for dyeing cloth. Mayan people used indigo because it was supposed to have a soothing effect on pregnant women and unborn babies. It is one of the oldest dye colors used in traditional printing and textile production. Today, it is primarily used for coloring the cloth for blue jeans or denims.

More than just an ancient dye color or one of the colors of the rainbow, indigo is no used as a color code for human personality. Individuals or "indigo personality types" are supposed to have unique psychological attributes that are normally exhibited starting from childhood. According to Nancy Anne Tappe, a "life color guru", people with this personality are extraordinary, independent, and to some degree, even rebellious. In her book "Understanding Your Life Through Color", Tappe said that individuals classified under this personality type are intelligent, possess remarkable memory, and tend to insist on doing things their own way. Being unconventional, they always try to do groundbreaking work in school and at work.

Indigo children are very sensitive, expressive and some may have psychic abilities. However, a child with this personality type may develop emotional problems, attention deficit disorder, or worse, violent tendencies. These children are expected to refuse traditional ways of learning or conventional knowledge. Most likely, they will try to show their teachers a "better way" of learning in school. Being headstrong, they do not like to be told what to do and they insist on getting their own way.

Research indicates that a majority of "Indigos" were born during the 1970s. Today, many of these remarkable human beings are supposedly occupy positions of leadership and influence. These exceptional people are still improving their skills, creativity, and wisdom.

What are some ways to find out if you belong to this unique personality type? If you want to know if you belong to this superb group of individuals, try to answer the following questions:

· Do you feel wise beyond your years?

· Do you have trouble in conforming to the ways of the society?

· Do you perceive the world differently than most people around you?

· Do you feel that you have a greater purpose in life that the world is not evident in other people?

· Do you feel isolated and misunderstood in your beliefs?

· Do you have unusual sensitivities?

If you are a parent, try to establish a closer relationship with your child in order to meet his special needs. You need to understand what is required to have a harmonious relationship with your extraordinary child. Love, tolerance, acceptance and respect will be basic parenting skills you need to raise an Indigo child.

But if it is you who is still wondering whether you belong to this personality type, start embracing the fact that you are a unique person and that you may possibly have an equally unique "calling" or purpose in life. Believe in the fact that here is still something to unfold in yourself.

Indigos are here for a reason; they want to contribute in making a better world...and they make our lives more colorful.

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