In class, the three stages of intellectual development have been discussed. These three stages include: the dependence stage, the independence stage, as well as the interdependence stage. The dependence stage is where an individual’s intellect is developed through the influence of their parents, church leaders, school teachers, television, peers, as well as through various other factors. The independence stage is when an individual begins to take ownership of his or her own intellect. They may begin to ask questions to learn and even take responsibility for their beliefs as well as actions. The last stage of intellectual development is known as the interdependence stage. In this stage, individuals share their thoughts with others and even learn about the ideas of others.
It is important to understand and implement the three stages of intellectual development in counseling. An enlightening article by Haensly and Arsons emphasizes the importance of guiding individuals as they develop in these intellectual phases. As a counselor, it is important to understand the various phases of intellectual development so that the client may be effectively guided and led into a healthy direction of intellectual growth. In Haensly and Arsons’ article the importance of mentoring as one grows in intellect is also addresses. This article can be found here: http://ejournals.ebsco.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/direct.asp?ArticleID=457E9F5C4E672176A815
After taking a glimpse into the three stages of intellectual development, it became evident that they provide the individual with various insights. These stages allow parents as well as counselors to better understand the thought processes of developing individuals. As a result, these mentors will potentially be more equipped to help direct those seeking guidance and intellect. Additionally, the stages of intellectual development provide a foundation for understanding the way an individuals functions. It is beneficial to have this foundation so that individuals may be more accurately understood and thus helped in times of crisis or difficulty.