Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers).
Damn, some days, this Wakefield Doctrine blog just writes itself! We always try to describe the Wakefield Doctrine as ‘ a unique, productive and fun way to understand the behavior of the people in our lives.’ Well, today’s Post is all about ‘the fun’ of the Wakefield Doctrine. We usually talk about spotting the clarks, scotts and rogers in our lives as ‘the fun’ of the Doctrine, and it is! Today’s example, of the fun, is one of those situations that simply jumps up and grabs you by the shoulders, shouting ‘look! look at the manifestation of a scottian worldview! right here at work’!
Here’s the set-up for the story behind the photo, above:
My office recently had to move into temporary quarters, due to renovation to our permanent space. A small building was fixed up to serve as office space, essentially one big room, space for 6 or 7 desks and other work areas. Nothing in the way of areas were assigned, it was simply a matter of ‘find a place to set up and get comfortable for the stay of 3 months’. One of our administrators is a scott Karen, (seen on travel adventures here) was one of the first to move into the new building, the first to establish her own work area, which was in one corner (of the office space) to the right of the main entrance. Other people using the building found desks set up throughout the large open room. Fine. (Did I mention that Karen was a scott? you do know about scotts, right? the Behavioral Metaphor* is that of the predator… hunter, king of the beasts….)
In any event, today I came into the office and stood for a second looking in the general direction of Karen’s work area. She had made some changes since I had last been in the office. The water cooler had been moved from a back section of the office and a plant (Christmas Cactus) had been brought in… and placed in front of her desk, providing some screening and privacy and the water cooler, was now immediately in front of her desk area, (Did I mention I was a clark and Chief Articulator for the Wakefield Doctrine?) … well, even for me, it took a second for the pieces to fall into place (for the gestalt to form, as our psych friends might say), and then it was, OMG…am I really seeing this? I immediately took the photo that you see above. Can I get an lol? I laughed the kind of laugh that people do when they see something amazing that has been in front of them, but only just became apparent, the kind of laugh you laugh when you hear a really, really good rogerian expression. The Wakefield Doctrine manifesting in ‘real life’ very fun.
Anyone not see the fun in the Wakefield Doctrine?*
*literal-minded rogers, do not feel self-conscious! Remember you are the ‘repers of intelligence’ and “…made the trains, to carry the heavy loads”
But here’s the thing: scotts are the predators…and, in nature, many species of predators hunt the small watering holes that are found in their local environment. They lie in wait for small animals (and other prey) to come and drink.
Karen, as a scott, has, by her arrangement of plants and ‘watering hole’ appears to have demonstrated that “ontogeny (has) recapitulated phylogeny” …purely in a sociological sense of the phrase.