Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
It’s still Summer (sort of) and it’s time to get back to the topic that is the sole reason for my being in the blogosphere, the Wakefield Doctrine!
Through the kind auspices of the bloghops that I participate in (all too few!) I am meeting and otherwise coming into contact with a lot of new readers and (writers) of blogs, I thought it would behoove me to write about everyone’s favorite personality theory, the Wakefield Doctrine.*
the Wakefield Doctrine proposes that reality, on a certain level, is personal. Nothing dramatic or outlandish, no secret powers (‘…well, we haven’t totally given up on that’), no ability to change and transform the people in our lives (‘…but, maybe we need a definition of ‘change and transform’), and, no matter what, you can’t command others to do your Will, just by wishing it were so. The Wakefield Doctrine says that this personal reality, (we refer it as a ‘worldview’) is a part of all of us. We’re all born with the potential of all three, at an early age one, (of the three), becomes our ‘predominant worldview’ and that’s how we can say there are three personality types in the whole world.
What? too brief? ok… the 3 worldviews:
- clarks the world of the Outsider: creative and inept, shy and intolerant of being ignored, ‘…clumsy with great reflexes’
- scotts the Predator: every frontman in the world, the female at the family picnic mostly likely to be heard saying, ‘do you think this bikini is too small?’
- rogers the Herd Members: the people who are most social-able and (yet) prone to insisting on being exclusive, outgoing and thin-skinned, the people who the 37 page manual for your Toaster is written for (‘remember to not prepare toast while immersed in water over your waist!’)
What? No! no surveys or tests… you must be thinking a real personality type system… you know, like the Oscar Meyers Briggs (motto: “hey! here’s a bunch of letters and some general descriptions, knock yourself out! fortune cookies got nothing on us!” )
oh…kay one last insight:
you know how a lot of personality theories have categories and ‘most-like-you’ descriptions? The Doctrine takes a different approach. We say: personal reality is real. the child in the world of the Outsider is, in fact, in a reality where they are Outsiders… (same with scotts and rogers), so, as a child you’re developing and learning ways to cope with and thrive in the world around you. That’s what we think of as personality type: the set of behaviors and strategies found by the individual to be the best, on the whole, for getting through life. So if you can observe a person (or yourself) and understand how that person is relating themselves to the world around them, then you will know their predominant worldview, which means you’ll know their personality type, and that means, you’ll know more about that person than they know about themselves.
…I’ve said too much! oh, yeah, if you learn the worldviews of the Doctrine well enough, you will never again need to hear yourself say, “How could you do such a thing??! I really thought I knew you better than that!”
* if you read the previous post and you know me, even a little bit, the ‘could I get anymore stiff and formal and third-person passive voice in my writing?’ is not lost on you as the ole pendulum swinging back… lol
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