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This model has always had the ring of truth to it, to me.

One amusing state you can add when you get old is something like this:

5) Semi-conscious semi-competence

The individual used to be an actual expert in something, but so many years have passed that they are only semi-competent. Yet they retain the manners and affectations of someone who is a true expert. This state tends to confuse and alarm others who are themselves competent and can’t figure out exactly what you are.




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