Wednexday -the Wakefield Doctrine- (‘…of old sayings and songs from the mid-seventies’)

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


Funny, but I’ll still get to feeling like writing a post whenever a favorite song happens to coincide with my accomplishing something and, I’m relaxing with that odd, though undeniably right, feeling that I don’t have to run and/or hide. (see bottom of Post)

It’s been said that ‘Anyone who deliberately reads the Wakefield Doctrine blog more than three times, (or twice, provided the second time is by themselves) is a clark. Or they’re a roger or a scott with a significant secondary clarklike aspect’.

Why is that true? Because scotts and rogers as not in search of an alternative. There’s another old saying, ’round this Doctrine, goes, “If you have a large group of people in, like an auditorium or something, and need to identify the clarks real quick, just get on the intercom and say, “Anyone who would like to be someone else, please raise your hand.”  Those readers who just smiled: clarks. Those readers who smile and wonder, ‘Why on earth does he think that?’ scotts and rogers.

The reason? clarks are those people who grew up (and developed social skills, coping mechanism and life strategies to contend with) (in) a world in which they are Outsiders. As a result, they are driven to learn what they think they missed growing up, all while trying to avoid being identified as Outsiders. Not an easy task. Like fricken prehistoric lemurs, we stay low, keep to the underbrush and avoid the T Rex and Sabre Tooth tigers, all while trying to survive on a diet deemed insufficient for the surrounding massively qualified-to-thrive population. We dash out to the watering holes when the predators are sleeping off a big kill and return to our hiding to dream about a day when we don’t have to look over our slightly rounded shoulders. And yet, despite being the totally least-qualified among the quick killer predators or the over-sized grazers of vegetation, we persist. At times it’s almost as if we believe we’re at least as qualified to live as our cold-blooded reptilian ‘friends’. And …and! we display a tenacity and persistence that has no correlates or supporting evidence whatsoever, at least to any casual observer. But we survive. By blending in…sorta.

The ‘sorta’ refers to the most jarring of contradictions that identifies clarks, best expressed in the saying, ‘clarks abhor being the center of attention, but will not tolerate being ignored’. (yeah, I know! what’s an Outsider to do?)

While clarks are driven to learn what everyone else, (in the surrounding world of ‘real’ people), apparently has known all along, we also have a deep abiding need to create. This, of course, is constantly negating our efforts to don protective coloration. Sure, we can be quiet and not talk a lot, but then we insist on dyeing something blue. We can find a spot in the crowd, (at work, at the PTA meeting or the classroom) that’s not in front, nor totally in back, only to be unable to resist the fun quip/aside or smart-ass observation which invariably causes heads to turn.

Time this morning is running out, here at Doctrine Central. Before I cue up the music, let me say this: when you’re out there today, in the world? Look around and try to see the clarks. Wait until you’re in the company of a number of people, otherwise they’re going to spot you looking and will be in the underbrush before you can say, “Hey wait! I won’t do anything mean, the Wakefield Doctrine said I had to find you and try to get you to not hide.”  Won’t work, but you’ll stop and say, ‘holy smoke! they are there!’

One last old saying: ‘The Wakefield Doctrine is for you, not them.” All of the effects and benefits, insights and self-improvements you experience from the use of the alternative perspective that this personality theory avails us of, is nothing that can change or alter or modify the other person. It will enhance your relationships, but it will not change anyone other than you.

music (warning! very hum-able song)


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. Sageleaf says:

    And we outsiders simultaneously want to be discovered, while still preferring to hide in a cave. What IS up with that? Cave. Cave is my home. But, lemme do a video and maybe I can change the world. Then return to cave. Cave good. Hello, world! I’m here to spread a message that we all need to make peace with each other. Go on a journey. Chill out. Connect. Okay, returning to cave. I hope no one saw that. But I hope that Mr. World Leader or Mrs. Prime Minister saw that…okay, back to cave.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Since, of the three, clarks are the creative ones*, the clue might be there. our creativity, by virtue of the thing we create being unique connects us to the ‘outside’ (whatever that might mean). In a sense, being Outsiders, we have a certain affinity for things that don’t exist (yet). So we like our creations and most of all are comfortable with the implications of genuine creativity, i.e. there is no one real, reality. there is more to the world than are dreamt of …etc etc

      *whoever shouted out, ‘yeah but what about the Everything Rule?’ is totally correct, the Everything Rule** allows that clarks, scotts and rogers all have the potential to be creative. It is (as the Rule applies) a matter of how that thing manifests. in the personal reality of a roger, creativity manifests in re-arranging existing things into a novel pattern or relationship. The critical word being ‘existing’ as in already in the world. clarks manifest creativity by bringing into being something that is new, novel and otherwise new.

      ** everyone does everything, at one time or another

    • Sageleaf, my dear, that is exactly where I live. I totally get that.

      • Sageleaf says:

        I know, right? This is THE story of my life. Peppered with a little social anxiety, salted with glops of creativity, and you’ve got a plate full of the Fruit Loop that I am. HAHAHA. But, I embrace this. No problem there. LOL

  2. Kristi says:

    Songs going along with accomplishments–I can relate! Earlier today, I wondered how to pack a guitar, and John said, “I bet Republic Airline could help you.” Thank you, Chad Mitchell Trio, for getting this song stuck in my head!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol they (songs) are so powerful in their capacity to connect and link things and people and places in our lives (and in our minds).

  3. One of the most fun benefits of knowing the Doctrine – is spotting clark, scotts and rogers. And then sitting back and watching the dynamics :D
    I would proffer this for anyone new to the Doctrine – “quiet” alone is not a surefire marker for identifying clarks. No sirree, not at all. I know it seems unbelievable but, rogers can be very quiet :)
    A fairly accurate, say 95% of the time, test is to, when an opportunity presents itself (unless you’re a scott lol) try to give a hug to the possible clark. If he or she just kinda stands there or backs away? You’ve most likely got yourself a clark! lol

    One of my all time favorite Poco songs!

    We survive, we persist…because we believe. clarks possess the flexibility to believe in anything or as you, Clark might add, nothing. There are no limits to imagination/creativity, no constraints. There are no boundaries.

  4. That song in the Bloppy thread the other day led me to some fabulous 70s tunes on YouTube. I thank you for the trip down memory lane. Now back to my cave.