the Wakefield Doctrine » <title> (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers) Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:26:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ‘U‘ W! -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘I knew that!! I did!!, it’s just that… ‘ Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:37:42 +0000

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…yeah, I get it! W comes after V not U...

…yeah, I get it! W comes after V not U…

“…the Wakefield Doctrine is a unique, useful and fun way to better understand the behavior of the people in your life. With the Wakefield Doctrine, as an added perspective, you need never again hear yourself lament, “Why on earth would they say such a thing? I really thought I knew them better than that!” The Wakefield Doctrine is a way to know more about the other person than they know about themselves and, …and! it’s fun!”

That’s pretty much where we started… at least in then context of this, an actual blog. The theory of clarks, scotts and rogers, predates this blog by, say, 30 years, but this Post is about U, not History. (ha ha… a little ‘Anyone-else-tired-of-this-worn-ass Premise April bloghop Challenge’ humor?)

so, seeing how this is all about the letter ‘U’  W and, who among us doesn’t first think, ‘un’, it’s only appropriate that we provide you with some examples of which of the ‘un-words’ are associated with the three worldviews, aka personality types, of the Wakefield Doctrine. (yeah, but we’re obviously going to talk about the Wakefield Doctrine!!  and since when did we ever feel it to be a bad thing that we’re not on the same page with the rest of the class?!?  ….ayiee my rogerian aspect is surely exerting it’s group-based self!)

un-compromising: rogers (who’s surprised?)
un-usual: …. if I have to type this one, you really need to go and read the About page
un-relenting: gimme a ‘S’!!!!  gimme a ‘C’…. “hey! gimme back my pom-poms”
un-suspecting: clarks (yeah, I know! you’d think with all that thinking going on, they should be so easy to catch napping…)
un… hey! most of the ‘uns’ are associated with clarks!  what the hell is going on here?! Are we not imaginative and creative and kind (to a fault) and easy going (to a fault) and adaptable (to a….)  ok, ok…maybe we need to approach this from the other direction, what are clarks?  un-real* Now before anyone feels the urge to re-assure and/or state that we clarks are surely quite real, let me say, ‘not that it’s a bad thing! being ‘not a real person’. By not being real, clarks have the freedom to be anything, have anything, imagine anything…in our heads. And, when you get right down to it, is that not where we all start?  wait… lets try the reverse perspective:

  • scotts live in and of the here and now (not to say that individuals can’t experience the anxiety of the future or regrets of the past, that’s what secondary aspects are for!) but, the worldview of a scott is ‘here and now’… the mother lion sitting under the acacia tree, with her cubs playing in the shade, seeing the appearance of some hyenas is not, I guarantee you, thinking, ‘well, maybe this pack is simply curious and wandering about the savannah.’ No. She is not thinking. She is not worried. She is simply …ready
  • rogers live in and of the past (not that individuals can’t laugh at a surprise or be totally spontaneous, that’s what tertiary aspects are for!) but, the worldview of a roger is ‘then and forever’… the roger in the midst of his herd (and a herd need not manifest as multiple of similar people, the key concept of the Herd is ‘like qualities’), and wonders how best to act, how he can exemplify the Right Way to live, even if it is as simple a thing as crossing the street. the wildebeest in the middle of the herd does not worry about being able to swim, (as the herd is being forced to cross the river to escape the predators), he is only concerned with being s member of ‘the Herd of Swimming wildebeests’!
  • clarks…. well, we kinda know about clarks… they live in the future, the ‘un-world’ if ever there was one. (which is not to say that a clark can’t be aggressive and win the girl or engaged in service and be honored as the leading member of her ward, that’s what secondary and tertiary aspects are for!) but, the worldview of a clark is that of the Outsider and there is no time more Outside than the future. In the future there is hope and possibility, in the future there is opportunity (to learn) and chances (to act)… the lemur sits in the underbrush (it might serve our metaphor better to switch to early mammalians watching dinosaurs fight it out) and watches and dreams of a time when the way is clear and obvious and fear no longer is the prerequisite condition of his/her decisions on how to live life.

the Wakefield Doctrine maintains that each us grew up and developed our ‘personality’ in the context of one of three worldviews (personal realities). Those of us who woke one morning, at the age of 3 or so, and experienced the world as one of predator and prey, quickly adapted and grew up as scotts; those people who knew that they were ‘a part of’ the world that they found themselves in, well before pre-school, settled in to practicing the way of the Herd Member, knowing that the world was quantifiable and knowable and (it) only asked that they made every effort to act the Right Way…they are rogers; and then there are those who woke up… maybe a little late, (for dreams can be so inviting), and could hear their family downstairs, already un-wrapping the presents and… even as the so-very-critical instant evaporated, thought of his/her family as ‘them’… started on a very long path, searching for the knowledge that erased that little, tiny distinction, the apartness. The world became forever full of interesting things and yet was missing that one fact… clarks search as Outsiders

the Wakefield Doctrine is not the answer, it’s not even a (proper) question. the Wakefield Doctrine is a perspective. The Wakefield Doctrine charges us to use it to see the world as the other person is experiencing it. That we look around us and understand that, to a certain, but very real extent, reality is personal. The Wakefield Doctrine offers a tool that might allow us to understand how the people in our lives are relating themselves to the world around them. And by understanding this, better understand ourselves.

(…why, yes, you might say this has been a typical Post from the Wakefield Doctrine… but then, it’s not for everyone, is it? (thanks to all of you that do ‘get it’…. not that ‘it’s’ anything overly special, but ‘it’ does insist on a certain lively and confident imagination and a sense of fun with reality, in order to be properly used and enjoyed.)


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V -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘V‘ideo Posts! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:43:18 +0000

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My god! I was struggling with the V!  last night, and as I struggled with what word to use for this most autological of Letters, (if the extension of the concept of auto logical words can be extended to Letters.) Among the V-words under consideration at 2:33 am: virgin, veritas and virtual…. not that weird, right?  Virgin, as in SGV, which is the accepted acronym for a feature of the TToT that is one of 5 things that sets this bloghop apart from the, grains-of-sand-of-all-the-deserts-of-the-world collection of bloghops, available here in the ‘sphere. The Seven Guard Virgins, for any new Readers, are the seven….beings (male and female), who serve both as muses and censors of those who would participate in ‘the bloghop that Lizzi built‘. Originally suggested by our friend Cynthia Calhoun, the Guard Virgins have come to be significant factors for those of us attempting to use the power inherent in the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules)*.

(the veritas and virtual, well, they’re pretty obvious, wouldn’t you say?)

then I remembered that I had originally decided on ‘Video Post’ as my V. Well, that certainly makes sense! (Especially since I’d originally envisioned this Anti-to-Decongestant April Challenge being a ‘instant Book’ when I staggered across the Finish Line. (blog challenge finish line motto: “say it!! don’t write it!! it’s not important enough to be preserved in the blogosphere like those frozen dead people, waiting for the world to realize how important they were!“)

So lets play the First video Post ever made under the auspices of this here Doctrine here!

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…ok, one more

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I’m thinking that I’ll do my TToT post tomorrow morning, I really need to write more often…

 1) I’m grateful that you all will understand!

2) Technology and cows*

3) (the aforementioned cows)

(I think the one on the left likes me, I know the one on the right doesn't)

(I think the one on the left likes me, I know the one on the right doesn’t)

4) hey, demographically-speaking, you (the Readers) are all pretty much women and, since women are, as a people, possessed of an innate sense of taste (when it comes to fashion and clothing and such, this is not so true when it comes to choices involving, cars, movies or really fun things to do)
The thing of it is, I need to buy sunglasses and I would life to make the right choice in style**.

5) Just to avoid the chance that a New Reader, here for the first time, might be tempted to say, “wow! for being the creator of a totally amazing personality theory, this guy is pretty darn clueless”…let me provide my two choices:





John Varvatos

John Varvatos

8) I am grateful to be able to hangout at a bloghop with seriously talented writers who hardly ever throw things and laugh and point

9) Did I mention that the glasses should be pleasing to at least half the Guard Virgins?

10) 1.3 binyons!  1.3!

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* getting tired of cows… need to get near the shoreline and start taking photos of seagulls (known as “the cows of the ocean, except smaller…with the ability to fly, but both are very good at producing waste products!”

**right choice being defined as: any interaction with an opposite gender person includes a statement to the effect, “you look really…. (fill in blank with your own choice of superlative)


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‘U’ -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘….Un-cerrr…inty’ Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:20:15 +0000

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Thanks to Z for the suggestion/prompt of the almost near the end Letter for the annual Apathy-to-Ennui April blog challenge. Hey! you’re absolutely right!! you should go over to her blog and, like, totally bomb her site with comments!  no, I’m serious! She’s got a variety to content that would…would make a sensory-deprived encyclopedist ask for quiet.

Meanwhile, as we work our way through the last 8 letters of the alphabet  (Hey! those kids from Bougainville!! they’re done already!!)

Anyway…. rather than bore you with the inherent power of un-certainty that is cherished by clarks, feared by rogers and enjoyed by scotts, why don’t we reprint the famous Joycean  homage  that we wrote back before we realized how it might be best not to get too ambitious with the stylizing and such…or we could just print the Wakefield Doctrine Personality type Assessment Test instead! Which one, which one…

I’m feeling so….


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T -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘Thursday’ Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:42:36 +0000

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Thursday!  the ‘first-girlfriend/boyfriend-that-you-don’t-go-out-with-anymore-but-still-wonder-if-maybe-someday-you’ll-end-up-back-together-because-you-have-so-much-history-together’ Day of the Week! Who out there does not like Thursday? Sure, it’s not Friday (the seems-pretty-hot-from-your-friends-description-blind-date Day of the week) and Tuesday’s kind of an agreeable Day of the Week, right? But there was always something about Thursday that had a sense of ‘ok, you got a big test tomorrow, but there’s nothing you can do about it…so relax! accept the inevitability of the process that you are in, you’re ready for anything!

Hey!  Christine has decided to stop with the Annoying-to-Pointless April Blog Challenge because, she has a real life. Lets all go over to her blog, …‘A Fly on our {chicken coop} Wall’ and donate a ‘T Post’! Sure, in her Comments section! What a terrible idea! (Maybe we can convince her to stay in until Z, seeing how we’re bound and determined to stick it out,  “hey, no! I’m ok to drive!! ‘long as I roll down the windows…and close one eye, come on, nothing to worry about, I’ll have you all safe at home in no time!!“)

…ok, now that my attention has totally wandered off into the woods, lets finish this here T Post here.

to any clarks reading this:

Consider the day that lies ahead of you (or, if you prefer, consider your day yesterday), it will be (and was) a series of interactions with people and institutions, strangers and loved ones, enemies and foes, right? For the most part, you enjoyed the occasions where there was sharing of information (for a clark, ‘knowing stuff’ that’s considered useful to someone else) and you hated (and dread) the adversarial interactions. Particularly those conflicts that involved rogers. You think you know why you feel at a disadvantage in these encounters? Well, let me make the following statement: ‘the overwhelming majority of our weaknesses are, in fact, concessions‘. These concessions are real, the basis for seeing them as necessary and valid is not. I think, I’ll leave it at that. clarks will sense what I mean, enough to question themselves (like we don’t do that enough! lol) perceptive scotts and  non-ridgid rogers will say to themselves (or, in the case of the scotts,  shout to a passing stranger), “Finally! they’re finally beginning to realize how much they make their own lives more difficult than need be!!!”

Short Post.




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S -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘scott’ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:51:08 +0000

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clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel

(… well, just think of a cross between Michelle Pfeiffer in the Fabulous Baker Boys and the Tasmanian Devil in the old Warner Brothers cartoons)

no!! wait!! don’t think about it… this is about scotts, ya know….lemme show you!

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But this is serious scholarship, so lets begin by referring you to our page on scotts.

ok  enough of that!  lets do something!!

scottian worldview: the life of the predator. (now, people, remember that when we say ‘worldview’, we mean reality and, when we say ‘reality’ we mean the personal reality of the individual who grew up and developed and is living in, and when we say ‘personal reality’, we mean the world our scottian woman or man experiences when they woke up this morning.*)

the world without scotts? two words: boring

sure, bullet points would be appropriate:

  • scotts will pick fights, but not hold a grudge
  • scotts will risk their lives for a total stranger, yet continue on after the emergency not giving it (or the person) a second thought
  • scotts relate to each other as do any member of a pack… ranking is all  (very interesting note about scotts: quite a few years ago, I was talking to my friend Bernadine about how scotts, when they enter the room, will always approach everyone there and ‘push them on the shoulder’, (figuratively or literally) and how that is a clear example of ranking behavior (in a pack). I asked her, ‘hey how do you feel when you encounter another scott and they are totally dominant, do you feel disappointed or let down?’ Bernadine got a thoughtful look on her face and said, ” Clark!!! what the hell are you talking about??!!! are you crazy?!?! what’s being dominant or not got to do with how I feel about myself?!?!”  (lol… I really liked Bernadine). Once she calmed down, she explained that it was all about knowing where she stood in the situation. Who was alpha, (only another scott), or who was submissive, (pretty much everyone else)… did not carry a qualitative value, it had nothing at all to do with who was a better person. It had to do with ranking among predators. Which, by the way, scotts always do in every situation involving people….even if it’s among a bunch of strangers, say, standing in line at the supermarket. Of course, our scottian friend will find something to talk about to the person in front or behind in line and if there are people around that our scott cannot directly interact with, they will simply raise their voice so as to get the attention of ….everyone.
  • that, by the way, is the secret of dealing with scotts who might be getting unruly or overly-disruptive… remember that they are seeking the attention of the world, whether it’s good attention (“oh what strong arms you have and you manage to keep that pack of cigarettes in your rolled up sleeve and everything, my hero!“) or negative attention (“hey lady, the other patrons would rather you not dance on the table… please read the Menu and your Waiter will be happy to take your order.“) The key is attention…find a way to actually withhold attention and they will be eating out of the palm of your hand.
  • great friends and fierce enemies
  • incredible lovers and amazingly annoying house guests
  • in defense of the pack (especially scottian females)….  you do not want to mess around with their pack.

…where has the time gone!!

I’ll try to stop by as the day careens onwards and add to our little list.

Hey!  you ever wonder why clarks and scotts make such good (and fun) friends? Well it’s mostly about the clarks. clarks tend to be easy going and fairly passive, which of course, poses no overt challenge to the scott…who likes to mess with the prey. but then, every now and then, something happens and the clark changes and swats the scott (picture playing with a puppy. the young dog can’t help but get over- excited and they sometimes nip and the human grabs them by the scruff of the neck and gives them a shake…the puppy immediately gets submissive, tail down and quiet….but then he or she looks at the human…and the tail starts to wag and they’re bounding after the ball again. It’s sorta like that with clarks and scotts. (lol) it doesn’t happen frequently and immediately afterwards  clarks go back to being clever and passive and the scotts know that all is right in the world.



* as to scotts and sleep?? you do not want to get me started on that!  Ever watch a dog sleep after a long day playing with their family?  Their legs will twitch (as they run after dream prey), their breathing will accelerate (as they corner their prey), sometimes you’ll even see them bare their teeth (as they confront their prey) and, often their tail will wag….(lol yeah!) all while sleeping! Do you now get a sense of the ‘reality of the predator’   btw: apropos of nothing… the expression ‘on the prowl tonight’?  yeah, scotts



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‘R’ -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘rogers’ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:57:44 +0000

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clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel

That tells you most of what you need to know to get started:

  • learning the Wakefield Doctrine
  • practicing the Wakefield Doctrine
  • (and, if you’re a clark,) benefitting from the use of the Wakefield Doctrine

so, while there’s a whole page here that will explain why it is that rogers behave the way that they do and what the world looks like from their perspective, lets just employ the ever-popular blogging device, ie.e “5 things you didn’t know about rogers and 3 things that you’d rather we didn’t feel the need to mention!”

  1. rogers live in a perfect world
  2. (if you’re a clark) rogers will see you before you see them and will have already made their decision
  3. rogers believe that they hate the way that they behave with other people, (but when you hear them apologize profusely, that is not one of those times)
  4. the person who introduces you to the day-to-day routine at the new job and uses the phrase ‘…we call this the bible’ ?  yeah they’re the roger you need to keep your eye on


  1. clarks are fond of rogers (but love scotts), scotts are fond of clarks (but love rogers) and rogers have an irresistible disdain for anyone who does not treat them badly on first encounter
  2. if you’re a clark, there is a way to deal with rogers when they, (the rogers) are being difficult but, although you, (the clark) are capable of achieving the necessary state of mind,  you cannot maintain it past the  situation that requires it (if you could, you’d be a scott)
  3. all rogers know that the world makes sense and is, at its essence, ‘good and sufficient’ and, (all rogers), seek to practice the perfect way to do something/anything/all things and, they will try to achieve this by reading history (which can be the books of a library or the fables of earlier people, the tradition of a family or the stories one person may pass on that describes those who came before)… the goal is to ….exemplify the (kind of/style of/belief in) behavior of those who history (to their reading) has conveyed honor upon.

…that plus! if we didn’t have rogers you would not want to have to fly from Newark to Biloxi in a plane designed and built by a scott!

  • jet airliners designed by scotts:  very fast with at least 5 or 6 engines (not necessarily required to get off the ground, but make them louder than frickin anything)
  • a part of the cabin has a basketball net/hockey/or batters box
  • the stewards would have to wear bathing suits… male or female  and they would carry those little air horn things (can of compressed air) to warn the unruly passengers or just in case they get bored
  • the flight deck would have windows that open, so the pilot could yell at passing jets

0r a clark:

  • instead of normal seats, there would be couches with pillows and quilts (that would have a disturbing tendency to slide around when the plane has to bank for final approach)
  • the stewardesses would be scotts and stewards would be rogers
  • there would be a bathroom-to-passenger ratio of nothing less than 1:2

…ok, enough silliness.

without rogers we would not have:

  • enduring and stable cultures
  • CPA level accounting
  • a judicial system
  • ships in bottles
  • civil war re-enacting
  • Carl Rogers
  • Fess Parker (aka Davy Crockett)
  • civil wars
  • most medical procedures (not involving surgery… that’s from you know who)
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Mrs. O’Leary
  • Ken Burns
  • Shaker furniture
  • Bible/ Torah/ Quran/the Vedas/ Book of Mormon
  • Fabergé egg(s)
  • effective oncology

so if you are a roger, let me say, ‘Hey!! good work. Love the Sistine Chapel and the Spanish Inquisition. Tell us about how it used to be!’


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Q -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘Quixotic’ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:39:26 +0000

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(…no giggling or laughing, please! Elbows to your neighbor’s ribs are permissible, provided silence is maintained.)

hey, what the hell! The one thing that clarks do better than ‘the other two’  is laugh at themselves, at least when in the company of friends.1  Here’s the thing, is the story of don Quixote, (  ‘El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha’ ), one of a clark missing out on the genuine (and real) pleasures of life because he/she refuses to give up the dreams/the life inside her/his head, or is this about a clark choosing ‘la excéntrica vida‘, due to the defining characteristic of their worldview (i.e. being the Outsider), hoping only to make it to a point (in life) where (the) dreams no longer clash with the ordinary everyday demands of ‘real life’.

in other words:

  • is don Quixote wasting his life, squandering the opportunity to engage with the people in his actual, real life.
  • does don Quixote have a viable approach to life, after all….. despite the fantasy he is indulging, despite the fact that she is the object of pity and scorn, his life is un-folding consistent with the dream that he/she prefers to the limitations and loneliness of a ‘real life’ as the Outsider

Because there are so many people reading and shouting at their computer screens/smartphones, “hey!! wait!! you know what I !!??!”  (and to give zoe a chance to wipe the coffee off her computer monitor), we will assign the initial response categories.2

lets begin our view from ‘the other two’, with the rogers. If I may be so bold, Kristi?  would you be kind enough to comment first? (Michelle is literally on the other side of the world, where it’s 3 am or something… I’m sure she’ join us with the view rogerian when she gets up.)

thank you


to our scottian Readers….  if there are any scottian Readers, other than Christine or Dyanne, that we are not aware of….  (wait!!  wait… yeah, I know…when you stop laughing  lol …ok ok  sorry, I guess I was distracted)…

… and, since how difficult* is it for these guys to address the subject, we will now hear from our clarks.


to get all Cliff Notes on any New Readers and/or blog challenge tourists: our ‘hero’ is a clark and the sidekick, a scott…. there! no suspense!







1)  friends: real people who, for reason not clear (to the clark) seem to not mind hanging around with them and, for the most part do not seem to be mean** or make fun of***

** not counting the ‘lashing out’ of the rogerian friend… fortunately, (for the roger), clarks have way too little self-respect when it comes to lashing out and will, for the most part. laugh it off

*** not counting when a dominant scott is encountered, in which case, the scottian friend may need to make a gesture appropriate to their own ranking and offer up the clark for amusement purposes

2)  does anyone, (other than New Readers), need reminding that, because of the Wakefield Doctrine, we already know the… tenor, if not the content of the comments of people of the scottian and rogerian and,  …and! clarklike worldviews


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P -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘Provocative‘ Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:07:54 +0000

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provocative (prəˈvɒkətɪv)
1. acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provoking: a provocative look; a provocative remark.*

“…finally a word we can sink our teeth into!!!” (said nearly every scott, at one time or another). Find me another word that does more to generate images of lipstick and slinky dresses**, not that that’s what today’s Post is going to be about  …much.

In the words of a clark, ‘yeah, no! but….‘   in the early days of this blog, we saw any number of occasions when, searching in earnest for an illustrative metaphor for one of the worldviews, or a fictional encounter between members of the three worldviews, meant to demonstrate how our worlds are experienced differently, we’ve been met with the response. ‘what?!! did you just say that scotts are predators??’ (yes)…. “I’m not sure that a photo of a cow is really such a nice way to begin a discussion of rogers, don’t your think you’re being a little offensive?” (no).

I’ll say this for certain, the behavioral metaphors that are associated with the three worldviews, are exaggerated and yet ring true, they are over-the-top examples of ways that people perceive the world and yet, when used as a predictor of future behavior, are uncannily accurate. And it’s fun. That’s the other thing that I can say for certain, all that is written in the Posts*** that collectively are the Wakefield Doctrine blog, is written with a sense of affection for each of the three personality types. And this should be anything but surprising, seeing how we all have the potential, the capacity, to experience the world as any of the three personality types do.

Of course, the way ‘provocative’ is manifested in each of the three worldviews is as different as…well, as the three worldviews.  scotts come to mind first, as the definition that we used above, anger or sexual desire. rogers, not so much. clarks, oddly (lol, well, duh!) enough, clarks can be very provocative people, in a secret, roundabout way, of course.

Since I have a TToT Post to add to this, lets run out some favorite statements that help us appreciate today’s Word.

rogers are mean, scotts are cruel and clarks are heartless

scotts are stupid, rogers are dumb and clarks are crazy

scotts get angry, clarks get mad and rogers get resentful

(stop me anytime,  remember: ‘acting as a stimulus or incitement’!)

* courtesy of free

** at least for those of us blessed to live in the happy and peaceful land of Y Chromia! I assume the womenfolk, (to use the proper technical psycho-socio-cultural term for members of Gender X….), will find their mental drive-in movie playing a similar but different film (you ‘not-old people’, you have heard of drive-in theaters?  please say ‘yes’)

*** those Posts that I wrote, which are not all the Posts in this blog.



1 through 4: I am truly grateful for being a part of this TToT bloghop. (Increasingly as I experience the…er experience of participating in the A-t0-A Blog Challenge! Not that there are not very nice people and interesting bloggers and skilled writers among the 1893,  1723….1669  entrants. There are. But I appreciate more than ever the TTOT (not that I’m gonna take up needlepoint or watching the Lifetime Network or anything too girlistic)… I guess what I’m responding to is the sense of community that was our Ms Roger’s original goal for this here bloghop here.

5) I will have to invoke the SBoRs rule governing two part grat lists… work demands and sleep insists, leaving me with little time to do a proper List.

6)  (not sure if I should classify this as ‘grateful for technology’ or ‘grateful for roadside cows’!)

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7)  I am beyond grateful for ‘the youtube’  as the endless source of referential material!  I mean, it’s like a frickin combination ‘time machine’, ‘term paper writing service’ and high school reunion all rolled into one!   (For example: I was researching tomorrow’s post and wanted to say something about the effect of the behavior of a scott (when the scott and a clark are hanging out) when a more dominant scott enters the social context… and so I went looking for an old Warner Brother’s cartoon… and, as Lizzi used to say, ‘Boom’!  New Readers? in this clip  both characters are scotts...

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O -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘…Of mirrors and rivers.’ Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:04:06 +0000

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

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there’s an old saying, “Man is the only creature that could turn a window into a mirror.”

When we think about instincts, most of us accept, without argument, that all humans have an instinct for self-preservation and (an instinct) to reproduce. Among the other basic human drives there are some that may be controversial (instinctive altruism) and others, so commonplace as to not be given a second thought, (the fear of loss/hope of gain which is the paradigm underpinning all marketing). There are two drives, that while not of such a fundamental origin as the urge to reproduce or the overriding need to preserve one’s life and well-being,  that do account for some of the appeal of the Wakefield Doctrine. They are:

  • a desire to know of ourselves (for many of us, this is the more accessible framing of the actual question of ‘why we are here, what is the purpose of life’)
  • a desire to grow and develop and become more….’successful’ (in whatever terms one might measure success)


As the asterisk above (and, therefore below1) indicate, the original scope of this Post has been lost to the night, I will however, give you the Friday-morning-need-to-get-to-work-because-the-day-job-is-so-very-necessary, version of the two concepts referred to in our Post’s subtitle:

  1. personality types quizzes and surveys… the most ubiquitous form of mind-candy, they are always there…in waiting rooms and bus stations, the front rack at that checkout counter, left on the bench of a bus kiosk… we can’t resist. ‘What type of animal/vegetable/famous literary character are you!!?’ they shout from the pages of ‘the Facebook’… ‘know your inner self‘, the title whispers from the magazines that everyone knows and no one admits to subscribing to, and…and the most deadly of them all, ‘Are you compatible/ who is your perfect lover/ are you the best for your spouse…20 Questions reveal all!’   this last is where the Wakefield Doctrine sets itself apart from any other personalty theory (at least any of them that have quizzes… lol,  no!  we do!  here  click here but you have to promise to tell us how you did afterwards). We have a saying, ‘…the Wakefield Doctrine is for you, not them.’  We say that because the second thing a person who stumbles upon a personality quiz will say is, “oh honey!  come here, you really need to take this quiz!! It’s so insightful!” We call this phenomenon, ‘the club-shaped mirror’, for reasons that I could have explained to you yesterday, had you been riding shotgun as I drove through the countryside on the way to work…. oh well, maybe there’ll be a left-over letter before this ‘Endless-and-Aggravating April Bloghop Challenge’ finally stops!
  2. You can’t step in the same river twice‘  (a) famous old dead guy saying, have always loved this insight.  (Hey! want to hear something semi-funny? I was typing this bulletpoint and mistakenly typed, ‘you can’t stay in the same river….’   lol…. I love when stuff like that happens!)

To work. Sorry about the, (fill in a metaphor for building up expectations and stopping mid-point, appropriate to your own personal/cultural context), the ideas represented today are scattered throughout the Posts of the blog, someday I really need to spend a week (or two) and put some ‘orderly’ in this here blog here.

* can anyone else identify with getting an idea for a Post…no, not simply an idea, hell! we all get ideas for Posts, no, I mean get a feeling that the idea is really, really…. good/fun/valuable and the feeling itself is the driving force as you race to write it all down?  Unfortunately  since your writing time is limited, you’re forced to leave a ‘beginning’ on paper and come back to it later? And, then, when you return hours later, even though you recognize the thoughts and ideas that would surely become one the best Posts you’ve written, you’re like,  ..ok and then ?  Thats where I am at this moment. I still believe in the idea/theme of today’s Post, but the feeling, the energy, the enthusiasm is somehow missing! Of course, if you’re a clark, you know that that’s not the worst part of this phenomenon.**

** you really want to know?

1) one of the very old principle underlying man’s un-ending efforts to understand the world (… does that remind anyone, other than me, of a certain characteristic worldview? )


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N -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘Neighbors’ Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:47:49 +0000

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


A thank you to a total stranger for today’s L word! Jen (at Jen, Seriously) put our link in her Post, certainly a nice thing to do. So, naturally, I thought, “what a neighborly thing to do!” and, followed with, “neighbors!! theres my N!”



Cherdo on the Flipside (HU)


The World Through The Specs of Fabulus1710 (LI)






the Wakefield Doctrine


Artist’s Date (LI)


Tarot Loft


Adventures of a Retired Librarian


Hey!  They didn’t tell us (or, maybe they did but I wasn’t quite ‘listening’…. it’s been known to happen), but my place in the list has changed!

Click here to view the embedded video.

I should at this point make reference to my gender, as it might help place my enthusiasm in a certain, reasonable context… in a word:  booya!  My people have a certain predilection for competition and while I was not dissatisfied with being, what, 1,632th place down the list… a move up the list to 1,073 is certainly cause for celebration and appreciation and all…. (“I’m sorry clark, I’d love to go to the prom with you, but I have to wash my sick aunt’s hair and besides, Jimmie thinks he might possibly ask me and he’s the captain of the smoking Team and has a car and everything!”)  so, lets do the math!!  …1632- 1075…34%  holy shit! the ‘Alto-to-Soprano April Fling’ rogers are saying that the Wakefield Doctrine is 34% Better!! and we’re only at the letter ‘N’!!!  Come on down!! I knew they’d recognize the coolosity of this here personality theory here eventually!!

…wait’ll they get a load of me now… being all 1,073th on the damn list. (Why, no, I don’t think there’s anything so odd or unusual about my reaction… that’s right, I forgot!  the predominate demographic of the blogosphere being all female women and such and, for good knows what reason, you guys are born with a ‘oh-yeah?!! MiBTA gene deficiency*  That’s ok… you guys are alright anyway.

Speaking of X Chrome friends… damn! Lets go see where our Doctrine friends have ended up!

Kristi…. ok  she’s at 1141

Christine  721 (!!)

Dyanne  214 (damn… that’s near cheerleader level hot)

Val   Val!!!  where are you? I know you’re on the list… but I’ve been up and down the double columns so many times that I’m start to notice the increase in ‘AC’ blog…entries  and my scanning-every-single-post-title rate is slowing considerably!

…this just in!!!  1147.  I repeat!  1147 (with a bullet)  go…no! don’t stop and listen to the theme to a 1970s sitcom again!! go read Val’s Post… at 1147 Roger Avenue  Herd District, A-I-Know-My-Alphabet April Blog Challenge….  you can thank me later.  go!

zoe   three…eighty….four… (!)

sorry about the mix up on the List Address for Val… but I ‘met’ a perfectly nice blogger there,  Madeline Jane  (My Capricious Existence )…. you should go and read her post  (and maybe… kinda let her know that my comment would have made sense, had I been at the right address… ya know?


* Mine-is-Bigger-Than-Anyone’s  gene


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