The 3 personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine, ‘can we make it any simpler?…sure we can!’

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)

The Wakefield Doctrine maintains that there are three personality types: clarks, scotts and rogers, i.e.  you and your brother, your wife and the guy who reads the water meter, the person who sold you the computer that you are reading this on and your 9th Grade Science Teacher, they will all be found to exhibit the characteristics of these (3) types.

The Wakefield Doctrine is different, (from the other personality systems that you might be familiar with), in that the Doctrine is founded on the idea that there are three main ways that people relate themselves to the world.

The Wakefield Doctrine maintains that understanding how a person relates themselves to the world is the key to understanding why they behave the way that they do.  Learning the characteristics of these three worldviews, (ways of relating to the world), lets you appreciate how the world, reality and everything is appearing to the other person. Know how the world looks to another person and you will, in a sense, know more about them than they know about themselves.

For the Wakefield Doctrine, you, me and everyone else relate to the world in one of three characteristic ways:

  1. as an Outsider, the clark personality types knows that they are ‘apart from’ everyone and everything else. Not necessarily as dramatic as the word may sound* one doesn’t need to have a long beard and be reclusive or otherwise strange to be an Outsider, what makes clarks Outsiders is that they consider the world to be something ‘out there’ ( as in I am sitting here typing, in an hour I will have to get up and deal with the world out there)…not a part of, separate from
  2. as a Predator, the world,  to a scott is basically a hostile place where (nearly) everything (and everyone) is a threat or is prey… not that scottian women are ruthless and aggressive concerned only with protecting the pack, providing shelter and sustenance, ever alert for the threats that are all around… but you know that they are
  3. as the member of a herd would, there are people who live in the world and the world (to them) is governed by rules and standards, for the rogers the universe is a quantifiable place where 2 + 2 always = 4  and life, (for the rogerian personality type) is spent in the pursuit of not only this common world but they seek the history and tradition of those they consider part of their herd, the better to experience the natural order of life
There you have it.
So today, when you are at the supermarket to buy extra milk and some (fresh) Cale, as you stand in the line at the checkout counter, look around. That girl working the register two aisles over? Yes,  orange hair would make getting a better job a little more challenging, she gets that, the thing of it is, she believes that she can dye her hair one boring color (when the right job comes along) and she certainly doesn’t mind taking out most of the jewelry semi-permanently attached to her body (when she is really ready to settle down) and if you asked her, (as her mother did last weekend for the 9 millionth time), why she didn’t finish school and maybe meet somebody nice and reliable and not so..unsavory, she would look at you with a penetrating glance (just for a second) and then probably say, “yeah whatever, why don’t you let me do this on my own?”
And if you have a chance, (the line is moving kinda slowly), to glance over towards the Customer Service Desk you might see a middle-aged man with a nameplate that identifies him as Manager, this title framed, if you will by the matching gold Cross pen and pencil in his shirt pocket. If you can tune out the noise of the customer in front of you, you might hear him try to tell the young man in charge of shopping carts that he must stop running as he returns the carts to the front of the store. The young man he is talking to will seem bored with the speech, but what’s really strange is that if  you catch his eye  he actually stares back at you and smiles. Slightly uncomfortable you look back at the 1/2 gallon of milk and the (fresh) Cale as it moves towards the fairly surly middle-aged woman who never once looks up as she rings up your purchase and you think, “those Wakefield Doctrine people might just be on to something!”



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Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. You just brought back some memories of my college days for me with the young girl two registers over. I had a friend like this to a tee and she was a ton of fun to hang out with and never knew what you would get from her next. Great job and thanks for a trip down memory lane this morning.

  2. Interesting post Clark, I THINK I’m a Roger, but maybe I’m not, regardless, made me think

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      …as you’ll hear us ‘say’, the really neat thing about the Doctrine is that you ‘can’t get it wrong’! Try the rogerian worldview (as you learn more characteristics of the way rogers relate to the world around them) and if it seems that ‘the fit’ is not quite feeling right, try out the clarklike worldview…and so on

  3. Molly Molly M. says:

    The other night, my son asked me, “How do you know if someone is a scott, if you can’t see their eyes?” He was referring to our Taekwondo master from South Korea. It is fun to watch him expand his powers of observation and use deduction.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol that’s an interesting implication…one that will lead you to expand your definition of ‘the look of a person’… scotts totally have the piercing gaze, but even sunglasses on, you get a sense of…an alertness, being ready to spring

  4. Molly Molly M. says:

    In this instance, it is also interesting to try and decipher the difference between personality and training. Our other master, is scottian with a strong secondary rogerian personality. When first meeting someone, he is careful to keep the scottian veiled. It is only after a decision to enroll is made that the gleam is seen.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      I might also suspect that a rogerian martial artist will emphasize the tradition to a noticeably greater degree than a scottian teacher might, which would provdie a good illustration of how two people can do ‘the same thing’ except the ‘spin/personal touch’ of the individual re: their worldview

  5. Emily says:

    I may never look at my grocery shopping experience the same way again…I love when you put the Clarks, Scotts and Rogers into every day situations for me — puts a whole new spin on how I view people that I come into contact with every day.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      as an inveterate people-watcher, I really like the extra dimensions that the Wakefield Doctrine can provide… like shoes… I forgot to mention that the girl with the orange hair? gots at least 2 pair of boots (one combat style boot) in her closet at home.

  6. Stacy Harris says:

    I am on the fence… somedays I seem to be a Clark and other days I seem to be a Roger. Interesting post on getting to know the personalities! :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      Thats an interesting view… the feeling different on different days. One of the things that I find helps is to look at the thing that makes you feel most ( clarklike or rogerian ) and see if there is a common factor. (I’m thinking that with some elements of worldview there can be what seems to be an overlap, say an interest in geneology and family histories in a clark and a roger… the key distinguishing qaulity is how the individual (you in this case) feels about it)
      ..and I am so, not clear… guess I better write a Post on it, if you are into the question, I would be happy to get a little more of a sense of your concern/question and write on that specific subject….

  7. Cyndi says:

    Let’s see: the manager is a roger, orange-haired check-out girl is a clark and the boy running with the carts is a scott. Am I right? Am I right?

  8. Now you’ve got me thinking. I’ve got to try this out the next time I go grocery shopping. I like to people watch, and sometimes wonder about their lives, so it will be interesting to try and determine which personality type they are. Thanks…looking forward to the next grocery shop now! Also enjoyed how you broke down the personality traits in this post…easy to understand – great!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      Yeah, the people watching is fun and the Doctrine adds a certain extra element…sort of a character-specific script, the weird thing is that clarks and scotts and rogers (will) act in ways that you will totally recognize, even when you before you read about it here. very strange lol