Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
…short Post. Great Drive. working on brevity1 here ya go, the Wakefield Doctrine Saturday Night Drive last night was:
- attended by Denise and Molly
- discussion of ‘Secret Project’ Project
- discussed two areas of particular focus: fluency and application
fluency: the concept that, if you understand the characteristics of the worldviews of all three, then, when you find yourself trying to communicate with someone of a different worldview, you will be able to shape your message more effectively, which then increases the chances that they will get what you are trying to tell them. We are using the term ‘fluency’ in the linguistic sense. Learn a language (understanding the worldview) and eventually you will be in-distinguishable from ‘the natives’.
Example: you are a clark trying to talk to a scott. (Lets set up a comparison situation in which), you are trying to tell the scott that he/she has a tarantula crawling up their back.
As a clark you might say : “ mumble mumble…excuse me I hate to bother you but I think I would like to bring to your attention that there is some sort of spider-like bug on your shoulder, now if you like (spider-like) bugs this might not be important (to you), and, if that’s the case, let me apologise but I care, in my own weird manner about your well-being and so I will venture and try to communicate”
Or, being fluent in the scottian worldview you might opt to say “Hey! What the fuck is that!?!
See the difference?
Now you try one!
You are a clark trying to tell a roger that their harsh, overly personal and entirely un-justified criticism of you is not a welcome addition to your day.
If you are not fluent in the rogerian you might say: .……….. (aka saying nothing. Thats the best we can come up with to imply that it will take you about 3 times too long to even notice you have been criticized, and then add another 2 minutes-to -2 years to get past the “gee, what did I do to deserve that?” reaction)
Or you might choose to say in response:
(Hey! Free Wakefield Doctrine DocTee to the Comment that best completes the above Fluency Test!!)
Word Count creeping up! Remind me to explain the second concept later!
* not appropriate here, but I don’t want to forget something that Molly contributed last night. we were talking about being clarks, specifically very young clarks and Molly came up with ‘2 going on 20’ to describe herself as a tiny young clark. excellent!
1) the word count for most Posts in the last 3 or 4 months is edging over 1000, on average! Not that there is not a lot to talk about, and I am so not ready to try and imitate OFOD (Original Friend of the Doctrine) Mel over at Spatula, er sorry, make that over at the ‘Mostly T’