Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks ‘who think’ and scotts ‘who act’ and rogers ‘who feel’ )
…thanks to Molly and Denise for the lively and challenging discussion during this weekend’s Saturday Night Drive! For those of you who have not called in yet, we usually share questions about the Doctrine, examples of the characteristics of the three types and any new insights into how the Wakefield Doctrine can be used to help in our lives, what with jobs and kids and friends and such.
So this past Saturday Night, I brought the following ‘problem’ to the group:
I am at the point in writing the Wakefield Doctrine book where I need to demonstrate how the Doctrine can be useful in problems and challenges arising in relationships. The Wakefield Doctrine offers a unique insight into why we are attracted to certain people and why we are not… the Doctrine can help you understand why your best friend always goes for the wrong guy…the Doctrine will help you know what to tell your son when you see that he is so ‘in over his head’ with the girl of his dreams…the Doctrine can help you see what it is about you that seems to never learn, continually finding yourself in the very situation you were determined to avoid, this time!
The exchange of ideas during this last ‘Drive’, made it clear that I needed to use these blog Posts as a venue to write scenaria (relating relationship advice). This approach allows me to keep ‘the conversation’ going here at the blog and subsequently, (with a little cut…paste…edit) I will have the needed content for the book.
I also realized I needed the core principles of the Wakefield Doctrine in order for there to be any chance of creating credible dating/relationship situations as illustrations. When I began to write these ‘real life’ situations, I immediately found myself getting bogged down with the thoughts, ‘ok a female clark will see a rogerian guy in this light’ or ‘a scottian female so hates to be in the company of a male…’ which soon led to my thinking ‘what the heck do I know about what a woman finds attractive in a guy?’
Fortunately I remembered: the Wakefield Doctrine is gender neutral!
Our ‘personality theory’ is predicated on the experiences of humans in one of three characteristic worldviews. The Wakefield Doctrine says, very simply: if you grow up and develop in the worldview characterized as the world of the predator, then you will exhibit the personality type, traits and behaviors of a scott! As a member of the herd, in a personal reality marked by a belief that the world is a quantifiable place and there are Rules to live by, your personality and behavior will be consistent with the rogerian personality type and clarks… well, you know what you are like!
Of course it is still true that in every way important aspect, men and women are different because of gender.
But the thing that distinguishes the Wakefield Doctrine as a useful and insightful perspective on human behavior is that we start with the reality that the individual is relating (themselves) to and then look at the personality type.
Anyone, male or female, dropped into the worldview of a roger will develop a natural affinity for social relationships and interactions of the group and a talent for the quantifiable sciences; if as a girl or a boy, you grew up experiencing the personal reality we call scottian, then guess what? you will have an irresistible urge to establish the dominance/submissive ranking in any social setting you find yourself in and your temperament will be best described as mercurial.
The effect of gender? It defines an individual’s range of choices in how they express themselves, depending on the culture or civilization our subject is a part of, there may be more or less choices in terms of coping strategies that the individual has available when interacting with their world.
So this week we will present:
- a clark is talked into going to a party
- a scott at a company bonding retreat
- a roger at the annual church picnic