• The Four Stages of Life as described by Mark Manson, are Mimicry, Self-Discovery, Commitment, and Legacy. When we get stuck in a stage it is usually because of a sense of personal inadequacy. The key to moving on? Acceptance.

    Stage One: Mimicry
    We are born helpless. We can’t walk, can’t talk, can’t feed ourselves, can’t even do our own damn taxes.As children, the way we’re wired to learn is by watching and mimicking others. First we learn to do physical skills like walk and talk. Then we develop social skills by watching and mimicking our peers around us. Then, finally, in late childhood, we learn to adapt to our culture by observing the rules and norms around us and trying to behave in such a way that is generally considered acceptable by society....

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