The saying ‘ a picture is worth a thousand words’ is appropriate at this point/on this Page. Notwithstanding all the descriptions and theories and characteristics, simply pointing out a famous person and saying ‘hey that is a roger‘ is the most useful tool available to us.1
The beauty part of the Wakefield Doctrine, is that we are talking about characteristic behavior, not inner motivation or drives or neuroses or anything subjective like that. Instead, we are saying, ‘look at their characteristic behavior’.
We say, ‘if you know how a person perceives the world you can understand (and even predict) their future behavior.’
Enough theory, bring out the performers!
Each example will have some helpful and instructive commentary of the ‘this is why they are a clark or scott or roger’ (and as an added bonus there are film clips.)
1 (A word of caution here), most of the people found behind the links above are performers of some sort. Actors, musicians, business people and, of course, politicians. What is important here is the behavior, how they relate is something that we all can observe directly. In the case of actors as behavior examples, it is the character (created by the actor) that is useful. We are prepared to say that an actor is a roger (or a clark or a scott) because the roles that we all have seen them in is that of a roger (or a clark or a scott). There is a case to be made that when you see an actor in a role, the character and the actor are inseparable. In fact, there is a certain advantage to looking at actors.
Consider that what makes an ‘actor an actor’ is that persons ability/capacity to project their personalities. A way of exaggerating, yet remain true to the personality, but is ‘loud’ enough so that an observer can be aware. (This section is going to be critical but clearly needs work, in clarity of expression). When we look closely at actors and their roles we should benefit by demonstration of the behaviors that are clarklike, scottian or rogerian.
So, dont’ worry, when watching actors for illustration of scottian behavior or whatnot, about ‘inner motivation’ or whether the person is ‘really a roger playing a clark’.
That does not matter.
What does matter is that we have examples of behavior that we can all observe. So if I were to say, ‘take a look at the scene in ‘The Village’ where William Hurt is explaining why they did the whole isolate from the world thing, he is such a roger‘. You can go look at the movie and see for yourself, the example of rogerian behavior that I am referencing.