2013 SLC Road Trip… the Wakefield Doctrine (actually a FTSF video plus a number you need to write down)

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


Was going to write a ‘on-the-road’ Post and publish it yesterday, but time got away from me in a most peculiar way. I spent Thursday in aeroplanes and airport terminals, which somehow did not permit any writing. The next thing you know it’s Friday! And our Friend(s): Dawn and Kate and Janine and Stephanie have their ‘Finish The Sentence Friday’, which I totally support (for various reasons).

Fortunately, I did a Video Post  on Wednesday, And as luck would have it, the Sentenced to be Finished is:

‘I did something really stupid once…’

This being the Wakefield Doctrine, and not that I think driving a car at excessive speeds on a rural road while trying to eloquently present an insight onto human behavior is in any way…stupid. I will not, however, resist the urge to express today’s partially complete sentence* as it would be heard by a clark or a scott or roger:

  • what? I know what I’m doing, I’ve driven this road a thousand times and besides, I need to add an element of excitement and besides, what the hell is the point of being careful at this stage of the game?
  • Come on!  lean out the window!! Wait! let me get the radio blasting…they say this car can corner at 120 and not even leave the road!!
  • perhaps now you will pay more attention, no I don’t feel that advice on my driving is really the appropriate thing at this point, the main thing is we are together and you can give me your undivided attention… nothing to worry about, you worry too much

Everyone make a note: tomorrow’s Wakefield Doctrine Saturday Night Drive will be a live on location in Arizona somewhere!  As long as I remember to factor in the time zones (I’m pretty sure I have to open the call at 5:00 local time… or maybe 6 )
The Number to call:  1-218-339-0422   access code:  512103#

(and at the bottom, from one of the top three funniest movies of all time)


* as a scott might express it: a sentence fragment left incomplete, needing only the right words, a perfect clause, a touch of nuance to tip the scales and have it (the sentence, of course) explode into completeness.




clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
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. Thank you Clark for linking up as always. Hope you are not too tired from all your traveling today. Seriously, love when you do these videos from the car. Never quite thought stupid or dangerous, but I guess depending on the type of driver you are it could be a little of both, but sure that doesn’t apply to you!! Have a great weekend as always now, too!! :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      …as the 3 views (hopefully) everything we see and do and dear is (potentially) perceived by others in one of three ways.
      The ‘cover photo’ is from my room in SLC… conference today, roadtrip tomorrow.

  2. Cyndi says:

    Awesome post, Clark. And somewhere in AZ, huh? That’s pretty cool!
    Well…I probably won’t be able to call in tomorrow evening, but I’ll try…I’ll be helping out with a potluck. :) In any case, I’ll expect the full report sometime on Monday. ;)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      yeah… it was prompted (in part) by one of the Saturday calls when we were talking about sights to see…should be fun will take photos and videos, of course (I have the Right of Hat and I have a hat…)

  3. Wow, love the video from the car again (and recognize the hat and a windy road like the last one). And it didn’t LOOK dangerous (not that how it looked has anything to do with reality). Love it. Oh and I’m still curious how you think a 3 year old maybe-autistic boy might fall in the doctrine. :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      That is an interesting question, for a couple of reasons. The Wakefield Doctrine maintains that everyone is born with capability of experiencing the three characteristic worldviews, (as) clarks(the Outsider) scotts(the Predator) and rogers(the Herd Members). It seems that most of us ‘select’* on of these three which then becomes the predominant worldview, while never losing the capacity to experience the world as do the other two.
      This is thought to occur at a very early age, up to about 3 or 4.
      It is not to say that there cannot be a 3 (or 5 or 1) year old clark (or scott or roger), but the core value if the Wakefield Doctrine comes about from one’s attempt to infer which of the three worldviews (a given) person is experiencing.
      People will often ask, if a person in a certain situation is a clark or a scott or a roger, implying that a condition or situation might be inherently that of a clark, scott or roger. The response is simply that ‘everyone does everything at one time or another’ which is meant to imply that it is how the person appears (to you) to be relating themselves to the world around them.
      The ‘maybe-autistic’ condition/situation would be best approached in the same manner. Consider this, suppose we are at work, a new employee sits in the next cubicle and simply nods hello and begins to work. All day long, that first day, not a word. They work at their work, acknowledge the people that they encounter, but at a total bare minmum. Are they a clark or a scott or a roger?
      The fact is that all personality types are capable of behaving this way, …but for entirely different reasons. Reasons that are a product of the personal reality they are experiencing. While we might think, ‘ha! they are a clark ’cause clarks are shy’ they might be a scott with an catastrophic problem at home that has dampened their spirit sufficiently to cause them to ‘play possum’ as a predator might…or a roger who is coping with ‘herd separation anxiety’.
      You see how the task is always the same. Observe the person. Do they appear to be acting in a manner characteristic of one of the three? Then continue the process, going from general/gross characteristics down progressively to attributes that are more and more exclusively the domain of the type.
      There is another saying, here at the Doctrine, ‘the Wakefield Doctrine is for you, not for them’. This is simply meant that the benefit of insight is not really ‘transferable’. The process whereby we determine another person’s worldview allows us a perspective that we might not otherwise have.

      *not clearly understood, this ‘selection’ process

  4. Dawn says:

    I hope I remember to call! Thanks for linking up with #FTSF again this week!!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      @Dawn – I hope you do call in. I am on route 40 west headed towards Flagstaff in the middle of a tumbleweed storm. Film at 11 (probably 11 pm tomorrow’s post).