Wednesday the Wakefield Doctrine (‘remember that story about the 3 blind-folded people and the elephant? worldviews…’)

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



The place of hats.

The hats (for certain people’s damn heads), have been ordered! That’s the good news. The, less than exciting news, is that we are in the middle of the embroidered hat season and the wait for my hats (for your damn heads!) was at least 3 weeks!! This from the clark behind the counter (older woman, slightly slouched posture, light, but non-directive gait), who remembered me as soon as I walked in the store. This impressed me, due to the fact  that I was last there over 2 years ago.

clarks and conversations.  (if you are a clark) and you know another clark, then you can walk up to them and start your last conversation where you left off.  an hour, a week, a fortnight, doesn’t matter! Say you’re at the mall and you run into a clarklike friend that you haven’t spoken to in, say, 17 months. You will be able to start the conversation with the second half of the the sentence that you left un-completed the last time you spoke.1  They’ll pick up the thread without pause. scotts on the other hand, tend n0t to have that kind of continuity, however, the advantage of this is, you can say the same things you said last time you had a conversation! Provided, and this is critical, provided you are as enthusiastic as you were (the first time).

Do not forget! Tomorrow is Thursday Guest Post Thursday!!  and…and!!  we have a scottian guest post writer!

(the thing about the elephant? it occurred to me on my morning ‘run’, that this famous story is almost an example of what we mean by worldviews/personal realities.  The Doctrine maintains, of course, that we all encounter the world (elephant), however, we insist that the differences (in how it is perceived, lies within us, not the elephant, or whichever end of the elephant we encounter). The worldview of a clark or a scott or a roger is real. We act and react and respond and interact with the world around us as we do, because of the nature of the reality/world that we find ourselves in, not because we feel like it, are prone to, are in the mood to, being contrary against. The characteristics of the three ‘personality types’ of the Wakefield Doctrine represent the most reasonably effective strategies to: deal with the world around us/get through our lives/be the best humans we can be, …given the nature of our world.

you know?

1)  clarks do have a tendency to not need to complete their


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  1. christine says:


  2. christine says:

    Woohoo! A joke, eh? Can’t wait to hear it.
    “Attack that log” should be everyone’s motto when cutting a tree apart without the use of a chainsaw.
    Looking forward to tomorrow’s guest post. Whoever will it be? :)

  3. jny_jeanpretty says:

    maybe you??? cool! hey how did you get here before me??? Impressive!

  4. jny_jeanpretty says:

    Very good video conversation with a good point. In reference to it,
    I can only say that here at home, yesterday, I was dragging and emptying six 40 pound bags of salt into our water softener. It is located under the stairs in a cramped gross place which is hot and has spiderwebs.
    I think because of this, I had a similar frustrating situation to yours. However I was able to do this thing I needed to do because, although physically it was difficult, I thought about the good effect that would later happen if I bit it and accomplished this. Our water will be better, as we need to use this salt to remove the rust. We have well water which has a lot of rust,

    Doing “unpaid” chores is not something many people like.

    I either remember that I am doing something which has a good end result, and actually use the time I am doing EASY physical work (like taking out the garbage constantly, over and over!) to meditate, which sounds a LOT like what you thought you were going to get the chance to do… or I prepare myself, ahead of time, for harder tasks (like the hard thing you did yesterday) mentally. Then I do it.
    If something turns out to be surprisingly and unpredictably hard, like what happened to you, I don’t waste time getting angry.i CAN’T. What is the point? Is that a clark thing?
    I really can’t. I have too much to do as it is (as do you–you do a lot of stuff!).
    Therefore, I just stop. I gather my forces, physically AND mentally, and try to figure out what to do next. Sometimes I have to accept that I am not going to be able to do what I had planned to do, without killing myself in the process. I do not like saws and I doubt I would have done what you did unless that pine tree had been blocking my driveway and I couldn’t get out of the house.
    Why did you need to cut that up, yesterday? What was so important? I want to know not because I am making fun of you, but because I want to understand.

    Now I am ready to receive a hat,
    I actually am reviewing a garlic press someone is sending me, which I agreed to review this morning. I will blow everyone else’s reviews out of the water because that is what I do.
    If you send me a hat you will be amazed at what I do when I am reviewing,
    Now I am through discussing the hat. Except I want the hat.


    By the way, Robert Frost was known for his incredible cranky attitude toward everyone. He wasn’t a very nice person, Weird, huh? You would think a Poet Laureate would be sort of above having ATTITUDE PROBS.

  5. Denise says:

    True about the “conversational pickup” with clarks. I have found that there is that affinity with certain other folks as well but w/other clarks? Yeah, impressive:)

    The dilemma you faced with the tree. In all we do as clarks, always, the cognitive, thinking approach.(duh, we’re clarks!) But I’d say there are times when it’s best to allow frustration to fuel anger in order to distract our thinking brains long enough to simply let our body take over…OK. Job done. lol