‘show, don’t tell’ Monday -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘no, it’s not your average life-hack/personality theory’

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

see the man in the photo*  below:

like we need to tell you which of the three personality types….

like we need to tell you which of the three personality types….

Any questions?

The ‘show, don’t tell’ reference? I spend a lot of time explaining the characteristics of the three worldviews and try to provide pointers on making an identification of a person’s predominant worldview ( is he a clark, does she exhibit the signs of being a scottian woman…. oh man! what a roger!), but then there are moments such as occurred this weekend, when I opened the boating magazine, turned the pages and came upon the above photo. at the risk of ‘telling’ and thereby depriving Readers of the direct experience (of ‘seeing’ a roger), I will simply say, the article that the photo is a part of, was about the boat, not the man.
So I came upon the photo and I stopped. Then I took the magazine into the kitchen and, without a word, held it up (open to this photo) in front of Phyllis and said nothing. She laughed.**

…god! I love this here Doctrine here.



* courtesy: Alan Weitzman  Soundings Magazine January 2015  no rights being claimed and god knows, no money being made from the use of this photo

** and… added an insight, Phyllis said, ‘rogers are always looking at the camera in photos’***

*** good point, Lizzi….. ‘scotts are looking at the photographer….’  lol




TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine (“why, no, it ain’t too pretty, but Lizzi has done so much for this ‘hop, it’s the least I could do”)

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

nah, we hardly ever read directions … or take directions, for that matter.  so lets stick some cool photos, a list (without items) and see if we can’t jump start this here bloghop here.

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the church just before Hell Hollow Rd

the church just before Hell Hollow Rd

(got at least one more coming later…very cool… from Hell Hollow (I kid you not!)

1, 2, 3, grat sure family and such, 5  damn! forgot 4 (lets make that grateful for catching the mistake) …where was I?  6 and 7, 8 and (just in case this doesn’t work: Lizzi, zoe, Christine, Kristi  and Kristi, Dyanne, Michelle, Sarah and Lisa aka the co-hostinae)

ok  everyone stand back… lets crank this one up and see what happens!


err…. ok   so it kinda works…. hey, what the hell if you click on the links to the co-hosts you can get to their current Posts…. somebody try adding yourself to this post…. I’ll keep working on getting rid of the icons from last weekend’s TToT …. shit!   if I don’t figure this out, the next thing I’ll hear will be a voice from Indiana (or Oklahoma) saying something to the effect, ‘Mr Doctrine, if you’d put half the energy you’re putting into getting out of the assignment and just follow directions….’   boy! am I gland that hasn’t happened!*

(6:38 am) !?#*^%&  inter &*$*# net (*)$@ all I want to do is be able to is….  Hey!  Item 2 above?  make that: ‘I’m grateful for appreciating how difficult it is to do ‘implied swear words’ in a Post. No, I’m serious. I tried just holding the shift key down and playing a riff on the top row of my key board, but more often than not, what’d I get would look harmless, even funny, like a Japanese birthday greeting, ” You know what makes me mad? It’s those ^?^*(*!! key board tricks‘  

See what I mean?  not very (implied) offensive, is it?  Alright back to working on this link thing.*

* I don’t need to mention to anyone that I hail from Y Chromeville, do I? just because my efforts to fix the link up for this week, has not exactly…what’s the word,  ’worked’,  does not mean I’m not going to keep going back to it… lol 

(7:44 am) alright! this attempt totally did….. not work! (shit!)….. oh, yeah…forgot!!  Gratitude Item #3!  I am grateful that my efforts to fix things have totally failed!  (sure, clark… they all be buying that! no, really  I’m turning over new leafs and will be totally a well-behaved team player!… ) (lol  this weekend is going to end up looking like a room in which a 6 year old is sent to wrap presents, with the proviso that for every 2 that is wrapped, one is allowed to be opened)

(8:01 am) lets call this Item… #2!  I am grateful for the internet and digital cameras for 2 reasons: a) I could take the photos of the churches above and 2) I could look up and clip a quote from a book I was forced to read in high school, ‘Ethan Frome’.
the quote:
When I had been there a little longer, and had seen this phase of crystal clearness followed by long stretches of sunless cold; when the storms of February had pitched their white tents about the devoted village and the wild cavalry of March winds had charged down to their support; I began to understand why Starkfield emerged from its six months’ siege like a starved garrison capitulating without quarter   (I’m thinking that I’ll have to re-read this thing tonight!)

holy shit!  I have a totally genuine gratitude item!!  I just looked at the Date…..

that’s right! It’s the last day of Winter!!! yeah!!!  (call it number(s) 3, 7 and 10)

Alright,  ’Mr-resist-my-totally-earnest-efforts-to-reignite-last-week’s-TToT-with-all-the-convenient-icons-to-click-and-read’ Internet,  stick this in your usb port!
This Week’s Links!!!:
9a81cd75fcd5a4218e1a0ee6bf2b34ceVal  at My Virtual Vineyard   ds1 Denise at Girlie on the Edge   2587fd198c270f28620816dfe72775f2  Jen at Driftwood Gardens  headshot    Chicken Coop Wall
e357e932b71554eee85a81943376d1c2 Cyndi from Pictimilitude 6174db179ce59b0242db92fbfda90fe3 ’fangboner’ from ‘chronicallysickmanicmother
  35ae9996f3d6b422422ad43391bd7170 stephanie from ‘Life, Unexpectedly‘ fce42d99cc79af0dfc9d6c114ff601e9 … our creatress  Considerings
* lol…spellcheck you rascal!


-the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘of popularity, self-promotion and ‘the everything Rule’

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


A little ‘light reading’ for this, the most lightest of Workweek Days…. Friday  (courtesy of the gang down at the Wakefield Doctrine)

The question is this:

  1. can a person become popular without the talent/capacity/capability to effectively self-promote themselves
  2. (“...what does this have to do with personality types, Friday and, since we’re asking extra credit questions, what the hell is ‘the everything Rule’”)

Great question!

Allow me to answer the Second (and totally un-authorized) question first: the ‘everything Rule’ (short for: ‘everyone does everything, at one time or another’) is a reminder, to those of us who would use the Wakefield Doctrine as intended, (and not as way to figure out our kids, get our husbands to stop with the constant….or get lucky in study hall), to remember that the Doctrine is predicated on the notion that we all live in one of three worldviews. For example: I grew up (and developed my skills and strategies and interpersonal coping mechanisms) in the worldview of ‘the Outsider’, as a result, if you were to observe me today at work, you would come to the conclusion: ‘hey! he’s got one of those clark personality types that the Doctrine warned us about.’  One of the cool things about the Doctrine, is that we do not need to know about traits and tastes, habits, hobbies and interests in order to assign a personality type. Instead, we observe a person’s everyday behavior and infer how that person is ‘relating themselves to the world around them’.
The goal is to determine which of the three worldviews one is living in, (the Outsider/clark or the Predator/scott or the Herd Member/roger), once I know this, I know more about you than you know about yourself. All without a single survey question! Cool, non?
….anyway, the ‘everything Rule’ simply states that, while we all live in the same common world, i.e. the world of Nightly News with Brian Williams/the world of 19 year old Checkout girls who look at you and even answer a direct question without ever, for a second, actually seeing you/the world of surly car mechanics/the world of oppressively kind in-laws/the world of hopes that exceed any possibility of being realized yet cannot be let go of because what would your life be then/the world of the internet and websites that are flashy and full of banal, insipid advice on how to live life without the slightest hint of an original idea to distinguish it from countless other popular websites…  our personal experience is…well, personal. Of course, this being the Doctrine, we take that common sense observation and say that the very reality that I live out today in is different, that although we clarks live in the same world with scotts and have the same things happen to us as do rogers, how these things ‘manifest’ is different for each of us.

manifest: (ex.) Christine and Lizzi and Kristi are riding in a car one night after going to see a really great show. Suddenly the highway behind them is filled with flashing blue light… (common enough experience, right?) . The experience that unfolds for each of our three friends is going to be different.  No, really.  How this encounter manifests is distinguishably different for each of them, from start to finish. The experience will manifest according to the character and nature of their respective worldviews.

damn!  off on a tangent again.


  • for clarks it does not exist, it is knowable and observable, but it does not exist
  • for scotts is a fact of life, it is useable and enjoyable, but, in the final analysis, of no account
  • for rogers it is necessary, essential and expected…like saying to a person, ‘hey beautiful child you have there, isn’t the gravitational attraction of the Earth great today?’

-the Wakefield Doctrine- (“I’m not just the Doctrine writer, I’m a follower too!”)

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


Woke up this morning feeling a bit…pre-aggravated.  Looked around, nothing to write about. Sat in front of this here computer here and… still nothing. The thought then occurred to me that this situation is not all that uncommon (well, alright, not uncommon among clarks) and there is something that the Wakefield Doctrine has that would be helpful (to me).

…still nothing.

Now, I’m starting to get pissed off. (yeah, I know….progress!)  Finally I went searching the blog archives for old Posts and stumbled upon the one below. As I watched the amazing video clip/illustration of the personality types, I realized what I should have remembered as soon as I woke up: ‘I am responsible for how I feel’.
“Hey!!! but…but!”,   astute Readers are trying to yell at their computer screens, unfortunately before they’ve finished swallowing that last sip of coffee, leaving caffeine-based punctuation on what they’re reading,   ” but!!! you’re a clark!!  you’re not of the world of feelings! you are a fish behind the wheel of a large automobile“!!
When it comes to emotions and feelings and such, I am indeed, ‘a fish behind the wheel of a large automobile’, fortunately for me, I have the Wakefield Doctrine to remind me that, though I live in the world of the Outsider, all seemingly intellectual and not all feely and such, I do have, within, the potential to experience the world as do ‘the other two’.

I began to feel a little…. not better, more  ’ok, there’s something that I can do about this‘…. which, as we all know, is my scottian aspect asserting itself. Our friend Christine is, at this moment, muttering at her computer, “damn straight, yo” , (or words to that effect.)
Of course, we all know that part of the conflict within clarks, when feeling ‘pre-aggravated’ is a result of the resistance of their scottian aspect to the notion of simply letting the world roll over us.

Hey, this has been good for me, but time to get to work. I am leaving y’all with a re-post from way long ago… it’s about scotts.  You all know a scott. (If you’re a clark, then it’s your actual best friend, if you’re a roger, then it’s your current favorite best friend… and if you’re a scott, it’s your clarklike best friend, though you won’t think that at first*)

(from November 10 2011)

The Wakefield Doctrine  has a thing about looking at people, you know, how they act and stuff?  …we guarantee that if you got the smarts to understand this, (and not everyone does),  then you will know more about that other person than they know about themselves.  Pretty frickin cool, no?  But if you’re looking for one of those,  “Six Ways to get any Boy to Like you” or  “Satisfy the Woman in your dreams!! “  or “ How to get your Boss off your back!”  self-improvement things  then stop reading. Right now.
This Wakefield Doctrine thing is so not that kind of personality theory.  (Not saying that you won’t be able to ‘satisfy the Woman in your Dreams’ or ‘get your Boyfriend a Job’), just that what we have here takes a little more….  flexible intelligence. So.  Read already!

No, the Wakefield Doctrine is not like those other self-development books….the Wakefield Doctrine is fun and it is useful and it is fun…

Today we are going to talk about scotts!  (Want to get a quick overview of the Doctrine?  go here and read….be sure to come back!)

scotts, scotts scotts!  where to start?   … hell, it’s Thursday, lets take the easy way out just to get the ball rolling, so to speak.1

Some bullets points relating to the nature and character of the scottian personality type:

  • scotts are totally emotional but in a way so very different from rogers,  mercurial is the right word for the emotional characteristic of scotts
  • scott   in a band?  the ‘front man’ every time  (don’t believe me? go look at the photo of the progenitors, click here  those three mugs were in a band together (yeah, I know!) and can you tell me who the front man was?…hell  you know which one is the Progenitor scott without anyone telling you, don’t you?)
  • at a party scotts will  introduce themselves (…..to everyone)
  • when confronted with a threat or other fear-generating situation, a scott will choose to attack rather than flee
  • scottian females can be ridiculously sexy or quick witted, …hardly ever both.  (ed note: 2014  ’ha ha’)
  • (female) scotts can be spotted because they have prominent throat tendons (go ahead….ask us why)

Seeing how the scottian population is, of late, growing here at the Doctrine, lets cater to the their totally famous short attention-spans  and use a video that shows us a scott doing what they do best!  Watch and learn, binyons!

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How scottian was David Caruso’s character? how clarklike was DeNiro’s character?  and the cop that backed down to the scott?, not toorogerian !  Hell! he was the only one in the scene to have a hat on his damn head!
So lets review:

clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel.    scotts are often wrong, but never uncertain.  scotts make good leaders, (at least when decisive action is required…when long-term objectives take precedence over short-term victory…not so much).     scotts are ‘the life of the party’… scotts are the best of joke tellers and are natural mimics.  scotts will feed on rogers and enjoy the challenge of clarks… scotts will give you the shirt off his back/ the use of her boyfriend but will not tolerate being ignored… they are un-selfish and short-sighted… ingenious and stupid…  emotional and shallow… sexy and predatory… endearing and dangerous…  get the picture?


1) that’s a joke for the scotts reading this


* meaning…if your back is to the wall and you’re going to have to go up against overwhelming odds, your clarklike friend is your best bet… most of the time, passive and half asleep, get them riled up and they be crazy


‘of rogers and rivers’ -the Wakefield Doctrine- (a little of this… and a little of that)

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


The subtitle of today’s Post is in reference to a conversation I had with Phyllis last night. We were discussing changes in (her) rogerian expression.1  We ended up focusing mostly on the nature of ‘rogerian expressions’ and how they manifest at various stages of life. The conclusion we reached: the early part of life (for a roger) is centered on a well-defined and all-consuming ‘expression’ but as the demands of life change and maturing causes an inevitable diminution of the energy available to (this) expression, what happens is, at first glance, rather counter-intuitive! What immediately came to mind is a river.  At first a broad, almost non-directional movement of water, with time (and erosion), a path is defined, (almost by consensus between the water and the earth), and eventual there is a channel. The more the water flows, the more defined the channel, the more defined the channel the more focused (and faster moving) the water, which causes the channel to develop more rapidly.  A ‘rogerian expression’ is beginning to appear to be following this lifecylce in reverse. The ‘rogerian expression’ of a young roger demands all energy, jealously guarding (the power to express ‘the Right Way’2). The emphasis is decidedly on the literal manifesting of the idea (that forms the heart of the expression). With time, however, it seems that, while the energy still seeks expression, it becomes permissible to do things that, while related to the core idea, varies from the literal. This ‘liberalization’ of the expression of the ‘rogerian expression’ appears to encourage a less strict definition.  The narrow, raging river becomes a broad slow tributary, eventually becomes a largely un-defined body of water.

(Yes, this is a example of an evening’s conversation in a Doctrine household!)

OK!  that was insightful…. for fun, how about a reprint?


…I’ll bet you thought that ‘Winter Wonderland’ (music by Felix Bernard, and lyrics by Richard Smith) was just some old 1940′s, ‘your parents and girls like this song’  kind of Christmas Carole, now didn’t you?

Yesterday morning  one morning, a couple of years ago, I heard the call of the Wakefield Doctrine  (‘…time to write another post‘).
At just about this time, (that early December morning),  the weather forecast mentioned something about snow later in the day, which, from what I could see out the window at my desk was totally believable.
All of a sudden I heard the phrase ‘sleigh bells ring, can’t you (something something) them’  in my head.  Accompanied by just a light hint of the music,  damn catchy music.

To ‘the Google’  and I had the whole story. The actual title of the song, the complete  lyrics, even a link to an mp3.  I listened to an audio clip of the song and that starts the ‘mind-worm’, and I’m totally stuck with the song playing in my head.  I immediately realized that my only hope of not having a Christmas Carole playing in my head all day long, is to write a Post about it and put it out on the internet.
So I scanned the lyrics for any reference to ‘the sleigh bells’ ( the song fragment melody that was still cycling in my head) and the line “Later on we’ll conspire” jumps out at me from my computer monitor!

(… a pause, a sip of my coffee, looking over the brim of my cup,  I read all of the lyrics. …. What have we here?)

This classic Holiday song, ‘Winter Wonderland’ very much has my attention.

The lyrics! It is the lyrics that have me, reading and I begin to smile  (I am starting to like this Richard Smith guy. Get weird much, Richard?  thank you! my friend, you’ve just handed me today’s Post!)

Here are the lyrics to this delightful Christmas song:

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland. (“ok, nothing strange, it is, in fact, some  fairly attractive imagery, …sort of what we all remember about the song.”)

Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a winter wonderland. (“…still safe, expanding the imagery, including local fauna maybe in order to stress seasonal climate changes, …safe …safe.”)

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown (“…?!!?”)

He’ll say: Are you married? (“Who exactly are you asking and who the hell is ‘Parson Brown’?”)
We’ll say: No man,

But you can do the job
When you’re in town.(“…wtf !? The ground is beginning to feel decidedly spongy.”)

Later on, we’ll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we’ve made, (“Yes! The plans! tell about the Plans…tell us about the Plans George…”)
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he’s a circus clown (“No, there is absolutely nothing funny/charming/cute about a circus clown made of snow, standing alone, not moving...yet”)
We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down. (Other kids? How old is this person, I mean, he’s talking about marriage for god’s sake!”)

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way, (Yeah! sure,  eat still warm animal flesh, kiss with our noses and give birth on an ice floe. Merry Christmas, you weird, carole-singing, 27 going on 13 year old)
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In any event. Have a good Wednesday wherever you are, I’m including a music video, so you can have the song stuck in your head.

(I have to go now, there’s a circus clown (with coal for eyes!!) and a carrot for a nose, on my front lawn and I think he’s upset.)

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1)  New Readers? the term ‘rogerian expression’ has two applications here at the Doctrine:  a) it refers to the characteristic malapropisms of rogers.  You can read examples of them here  2) the primary expression of ‘the Right Way’  in the life of a roger. Often, (though not always), it can be an occupation or expression, sometimes it is a hobby or avocation and even, a vocation

2)  the central feature (and therefore characteristic of the worldview) in the personal reality of a roger is the belief in a quantifiable universe and the existence of abstract Right. (for a roger) there is a ‘Right Way’ and a myriad of ‘not Right Ways’, the path in life for rogers is to identify with the Right Way and strive to be an example of (life lived accordingly). This does not (necessarily) cause the roger to be overbearingly judgmental but the bottom line is that they will strive to be an example… of Something.


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