E -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘the Everything Rule’

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


easily one of the most challenging aspects of the Wakefield Doctrine, the ‘everything Rule’ lies at the very heart of our view of personality types.  Lets remind ourselfs how the Wakefield Doctrine views ‘personality types.

the Wakefield Doctrine maintains that we are born with the potential to experience the world as one of three characteristic personal realities (aka worldviews) and, at an early age we find ourselves in one (our predominant worldview).
A three year old confronting a world in which life is a constant (and beautiful) struggle, his/her very reality demands quick reactions and constant alertness,  the child’s relationship to the world is that of the predator. Everyday life is both a challenge and a celebration, the child learns that the only way to cope with the world is to remain ever in the moment …alive, un-distracted by the abstract, eschewing the internal world of self-questioning and introspection, thriving in the concrete and objective world.  For this child-soon-to-be-an-adolescent-then-adult, life is simple:  eat, sleep, play, hunt. This child will grow up with what we call the scottian personality type. ( Of course, the ‘other two worldviews’, the children living in and contending with those realities will develop the social styles, the coping strategies, the compensations that reflect the reality of the Outsider/clark and the Herd Members/rogers).  The Wakefield Doctrine does not really concern itself with favorite colors, preferences in food, most desired mates… all we need to know is, ‘how does that person relate themselves to the world around them?’

the (three) personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine represent the (individual’s) best effort to cope with the world, as they experience it. The reality of the three worldviews is essential to understanding and effectively using the Wakefield Doctrine as a tool to better understanding the people in our lives.

Ok, so you’ve learned the characteristics of the three worldviews sufficiently enough to allow you to identify the predominant worldview of the people you know and encounter everyday: the girl at the supermarket with the streak of purple in her hair, the boy who sits behind you in History class who always says something that makes you laugh (but no one else seems to hear him), the guy at the gas station with the odd, pressed-lip-smile, the husband who traces outlines of the tools on the pegboard in his workshop, the daughter who is so pretty but insists on spoiling a perfectly good outfit with such odd accessories, the nephew who is so intelligent and yet is getting straight ‘Cs’, the wife who is so sexy and while you’re glad everyone at every social occasion compliments you, sometimes you feel left out.   All these people you can now recognize as being clarks and scotts and rogers.  It’s tempting to think,  ‘My cousin is a carpenter and he’s a wild man I wonder if being a carpenter is a scottian job?’  or maybe, you reflect on last Summer and recall, ‘everyone was so excited about the family vacation, except my daughter, who seemed to be going out of her way to express her indifference, could that be a clark thing?”

‘the everything Rule’ states that: ‘everyone does everything, at one time or another’  

The Rules establishes two things:

  1. (it serves to) remind us that anyone can be a firefighter or a policeman, an accountant or a groundskeeper or a librarian, a physician or a chef
  2. (insists that) it’s incumbent upon us to put ourselves in the worldview of the person we are (trying) to understand and see what it means to be: a cop or a firefighter, a stay-at-home-mom or an insurance adjuster,  from the other person’s perspective, from within their worldview (not ours).

While we all know that scotts have a certain natural…. enthusiasm for an occupation like law enforcement and, therefore tend to excel at it, (what’s not to like for a scott?!!  chase people! drive cars really fast while making a lot of noise… shooting off guns and capturing people (yeah, handcuffs too!)…it’s easy to see why our scottian brothers and sisters like the work), there are very successful clarks and rogers in this line of work. It’s just that for a clark, while the excitement is attractive, they will see their role as being one to protect the innocent, to right wrongs. As too, our rogerian friends who would be cops, they would experience the job as a chance to maintain the Law (and what roger wouldn’t totally love that idea?).

So the everything Rule is there to remind us that when we seek to understand another person, the key is to see the world as they are experiencing it. So when your child come to you and says, “Mom!! Mom!! Tomorrow in school we have Career Day and we’re supposed to pick one thing that we think we should be good at and I signed up,   (for)Librarian!!!  (for) Firefighter!! (for) Ruiner-of-many-a-man’s-life!!! (for) brain surgeon!!”

So that’s ‘the everything Rule’.  (And this Rule applies to everything, not just jobs.  It applies to feelings and ambitions, goals and obsessions, passion and depression.  (yes, even something as subjective as ‘depression’ is amenable to better understanding through application of ‘the everything Rule’!  Simple:  understand the person’s worldview, put yourself in that worldview…what is ‘depression’ in that reality?  And it is different… that I guarantee. And it is difficult to achieve, this perspective…that I also guarantee. But the whole idea of the Wakefield Doctrine is to become able to see the world as the other person is experiencing it.)

(…. I knew you’d think that!)





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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. ivywalker says:


  2. ivywalker says:

    I like the everything rule. You gave me something new to think about with the depression thing. So very right.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah… and maybe the best approach to helping (a client) away from the depression is not in the worldview (of that person)*, but it surely can’t hurt in terms of building the relationship with the identification that is facilitated by knowing the worldview.

      …yeah! Frist

      * not that I’m in ‘the business’… but I’ll bet that the path out of the depression will, in effect, require walking through the landscape of one (or both) the other two worldviews…

      • ivywalker says:

        It only makes sense…we talk more in constructs but the only difference is im often not thinking from a doctrine perspective ….. apples and oranges. ..all fruit. ..now I just gotta figure out my own damn self.

        • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

          …like we suggest: as the optometrist does that thing with the multiple lens thing (“..is this clear or is this clearer….now this…how about this…) only you do it with the worldviews. in different situations (and moods).
          remember! you can’t break it (and you can’t get it wrong).


  4. Denise says:

    It’s at the key to so much – being able to see “the world as the other person is experiencing it.”
    I still have to remind myself that I need to stop and figure out what an event/occurance/conversation might represent to another person of a different worldview.
    How is what I’m saying manifesting for them? Kinda tricky for those of us not yet fluent in Doctrine! Can’t wait for you to get “M”! lol

  5. Kristi says:

    I second what Ivy said.

  6. valj2750 says:

    Yeah, walking a mile in the other person’s shoes. Do you suppose the Native Americans had a similar theory? I would bet so.

  7. Christine says:

    I must say, it has helped especially for me to put myself in my oldest’s shoes and see things from his perspective. I always knew people weren’t like me, but until I found this here WD, I didn’t know why.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      I don’t know anyone who doesn’t see the value in (additional) perspectives on the people that make up our (collective) lifes

  8. I couldn’t find an A to Z Badge anywhere on you site (I may have missed it somewhere). If you don’t have one, would you mind posting one somewhere on you sidebar or on your posts to let people know you’re participating. Thanks so much and welcome to A to Z! Awesome start to the challenge.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah, thanks for the get. I do have one in the side bar….and I discovered from a friend that the small, individual letter badges are available back at the Herd. I appreciate the tip.