Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
If you were to ask, ‘hey why do you write so many Posts about the Doctrine, what are you trying to achieve?’ my answer would be, ‘the perfect Wakefield Doctrine Post’. I would continue to say, “I want to write a single Post that presents the Wakefield Doctrine in such a way that a person, could read it once and understand the Doctrine well enough to be able to apply the principles and immediately experience some of the benefits, whether it’s:
- to have the fun of seeing people act as predicted, just because you correctly infer how they are relating themselves to the world around them or
- using this added perspective and appreciating the behavior of a family member or friend, in a new and positive light
Fortunately, we have Readers who pose questions and offer observations that, help write these Posts, as that is very much a part of this blog.
…and then, then! there are the New Readers!! damn! (You know the old saying, ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear’ ? there’s an older saying, ‘for a teacher to become skilled, there must be a student’ )
In any event, I was totally please to see a Comment yesterday:
… how exactly do you manage not to get Clark, Roger and Scott mixed up? :/
(from, Iliria who writes ‘Ravings from Iliria’)
I promised to write a Post addressing her :/-istic question.
the best/most fun/sometimes scary thing about (learning) the Wakefield Doctrine, and it’s three personality types, is that it (and they) are already out there.
You have a friend who is a scott (they’re the first one to: eat an oyster, throw both hands up in the air on the roller coaster, the one who will stop whatever they are doing and risk everything when you’re in trouble) you have a family member who is a roger (they know what the right thing to do is, when you talk to them it seems, somehow, alright to say just about anything, they are always so confident and sometimes can be so aggravating) and there is a clark in your life, (unless, you’re a clark) (and they’re still there, though, like bats flying in a darkened cave, you’re aware of them only when they accidentally get too close)…
You won’t have to ask people questions, you won’t have a survey to administer, all you need to do is, learn the character, the nature, of the personal reality that the other person (or yourself) is living in… it’s perfectly ok to get the really prominent characteristic down… because, the scary part is, when you identify a person’s worldview, they will fill in all the blanks.
If there is a key concept here, it is this: the personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine are nothing more than the skills and strategies and ways of getting through life successfully, appropriate to how the person relates themselves to the world around them. Where other personality systems may have a long list of survey questions and a really scientific ,multi-axis, chi-squared, set of labels that are assigned to you on the basis of your test scores, the Wakefield Doctrine says:
- some of us grow up in the personal reality of ‘the Outsider’ (clarks), for them, the world is a mystery and an un-avoidable (though not un-desirable) challenge… unfortunately, (or so it may seem to the clark), this challenge is a very private one, their hope is to learn whatever it is they apparently missed or ignored when the lessons of life was being taught, and so, all the curiosity and encyclopedic knowledge of random facts are merely in the service to know the things that everyone else ( the real people that seem to make up the rest of the world) knows
- there are those who live ‘the life of the Predator’ (scotts) they are simple, you can see it in their eyes, scotts are always alert, constantly scanning their surroundings for threats or for opportunity…they are large (in all senses of the word), mercurial in temperament, single-minded in responding to a challenge, they live in the here and now, are un-self-conscious to a fault, they make for great friends (who you are constantly bailing out of trouble) and above all, they love ‘the audience’
- rogers are the people who (grow up) and live in the worldview of the Herd Member… the reality for rogers is as simple as that for the scott, with the exception that, for a roger ‘everything is personal’. This quality of relating to the world in personal terms is their strength and their failing. rogers know that the world is quantifiable and understandable and virtually everything they do is an expression of their desire to find the Right Way, not so concerned with the other Ways people may act, this personality type is driven to be the exemplar of whatever their circumstances insist is the best way to get through life
So, Iliria there you go!
( oh yeah one last thing… everyone is born with the potential to live in any of these three worldviews and we all end up in one (our predominant worldview) at a very early age. the thing is, you never lose the capacity to experience the world as do ‘the other two’…so if you think you are, at times one type and then at other times, another type? perfectly normal! At least by the standards of the people who come to read and stay to use the Wakefield Doctrine. More to follow… good luck!)