the Wakefield Doctrine<title> (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers) Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:32:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 not one Halloween Post!?!? the Wakefield Doctrine (…1,213 Posts and not one Halloween Post! that’s just not right!) Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:12:05 +0000

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Welcome to… (sorry  do your own scary, radio voice-over audio here)  Velcome to ze Vakefield Doctrine… (the spookiest, most useful and fun theory of  creepy-clarks, scary scotts and… and regulatory! rogers!)


Yeah, I’m kinda surprised too. How I got through the last 4 years without a Post on the topic of Halloween is totally beyond me. I’ll bet I mentioned it, (Halloween), on a number of occasions, if for no other reason than Halloween is one of the Big Three ( holiday celebrations), and marks the end of Summer!  In any event, all that changes today!

hey! here’s a disquieting surprise! I was about to do a bullet-point listing of Halloween and the three personality types (knowing that this is a clarklike holiday) and I thought to check Wikipedia for a reference, or at very least a good image (I’m a Contributing Member of Wikipedia, so I’m comfortable using ‘our’ images*)… and my stomach turned at what I read.

this (my reaction to my anticipation of the Reader’s reaction, is what I’m finding interesting). I’m finally coming to appreciate that most Readers are more advanced in their understanding of the principles and application of the Doctrine.**  …anyway I thought, “man! I don’t have to even have to explain what it is about this citation that makes me feel…. (something: not pleasant, but more on the wistfully regretful, rather than scared or outraged).  Weird, huh?

Screw this reflectioning, here’s the citation from Wikipedia:

Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. Jack-o’-lanterns are traditionally carried by guisers on All Hallows’ Eve in order to frighten evil spirits. There is a popular Irish Christian folktale associated with the jack-o’-lantern, which in lore, is said to represent a “soul who has been denied entry into both heaven and hell”:

On route home after a night’s drinking, Jack encounters the Devil and tricks him into climbing a tree. A quick-thinking Jack etches the sign of the cross into the bark, thus trapping the Devil. Jack strikes a bargain that Satan can never claim his soul. After a life of sin, drink, and mendacity, Jack is refused entry to heaven when he dies. Keeping his promise, the Devil refuses to let Jack into hell and throws a live coal straight from the fires of hell at him. It was a cold night, so Jack places the coal in a hollowed out turnip to stop it from going out, since which time Jack and his lantern have been roaming looking for a place to rest.

(neither the hell (waiting for the scotts) nor the heaven (of the rogers) awww…. poor clark)


  • clarks see opportunity but are limited by their capacity to trust the costume
  • scotts see fun but are limited by the restriction of custom… vandalism is out of favor, organized marches through neighborhood streets are de rigueur what kind of fun is that?!
  • rogers see celebration, but their fun is to be standing inside the door, when the participants come marching up the driveway

(let me know if anyone is up to a vidchat…. I know most will be busy.)




* hey zoe!! …Lizzi    Kristi!  …is this rogerian enough?

** a variation on a cool old saying… (to paraphrase:  when the students are adept, the teacher must learn)


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middle of the day? re-print?? what the hell, (it’s) the Wakefield Doctrine “…and I’m in a bit of scottian mood”) Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:07:06 +0000

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(quick, short little Post from 2013. I got a chuckle out of it. It’s still early, so I have time to work on the draft)


…so lets get back into our little application of the Wakefield Doctrine to one Mankind’s most primal, archetypical, iconic, and pervasive Tales:  the Creation of and (subsequent Fall) of the Adam and Eve.

Eve was created in the Garden of Eden to be the wife of Adam. God decides that “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a companion fit for him.” and in Genesis 2:21–22 it states

“And God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man”

After her creation, Adam names his companion Woman, “because she was taken out of Man.” ”Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (


So, Adam couldn’t stand to be alone. He had a world, a perfect world full of life, none of which was inimical to him and he…couldn’t stand to be alone. Yeah, I know what a roger. So lets imagine the scene:

“Hey Adam, got a present for you!”
“God, you shouldn’t have!  …. what the hell is it?”
“Well… I saw how lonely and bored you seemed to be… and you know, I Know how you think and how you could use more of your own kind, so I made you a woman. Well, I didn’t make you a woman! That’d be messed up… what I did do,  was make you another Man …for companionship! But, since I know how you feel about competition… I made him a ‘her’!”
“A ‘her’? What are you talking about, dude?”
“Well this is a person, like you,  wait! no! wait! …hear me out!  I made her from a part of you…. no, nothing you’re gonna miss, But she is not your equal! Sort of the same …but different!”
“So I can tell her what to do and she has to do it?”
“…and you’ll back me up?  I mean, it won’t be my fault if she doesn’t like what I want her to do, it will be the Will of…”
“The total fricken Will of Me!  You got it, bud.  Hey enjoy!”

Fast forward to the Serpent thing, since the Bible doesn’t seem to provide a lot of detail in how Adam and Eve spent their days prior to the apple incident. Probably not doing much, walking around looking at stuff…we’re pretty sure sex was not invented yet, otherwise Eve would have told the Serpent to take a hike.

Then the day comes when Eve is tempted by the Serpent into eating of the fruit of knowledge of Good and Evil and, (for reasons never explained), Eve feels the need to get Adam to join her. Given Adam’s rogerian worldview, like how difficult a sales pitch must that have been?!  (“Adam? I have something you don’t have….”)

So the Question Today is this:

Given what we know about the character and nature of the three worldviews of the Wakefield Doctrine, why do we believe that Eve was a clark, and why do we think that the implications (of this interpretation) are not all positive and encouraging to the clarks reading this here Post here?

ok…. that feels better*

* not as good as writing a new Post, but better than not Posting anything… god! this blogging! it’s such an affliction… chicken pox of the soul, is all it is!


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the Wakefield Doctrine (here, a little break in the middle of the week) Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:59:01 +0000

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quick review of the Wakefield Doctrine:

  • You live in one of the three worldviews. (On the level of personal reality, the world you encounter this morning will be: the life of the Outsider (yeah, guess which you are), the reality of the Predator (not bad, kinda fun actually, if it weren’t for that occasional self-doubt that pops up at the most inopportune of times, usually when you are about to give someone who’s totally deserving, a good whupping) or the life of the Herd Member
  • Your ‘personality type’ is the collection of social skills, coping strategies, tricks, shortcuts, reminders-of-who-you-accept-you-realy-are-but-know-better-than-to-let-anyone-else-know and things you enjoy doing  just for the hell of it
  • You might have a secondary and a tertiary aspect (but you are not required to). that being said, if you’re still reading this, chances are there is a clarklike aspect in there somewhere
  • hey! I just remembered!  you want to hear the most annoying, disappointing, ‘no-really!-I-can’t?!!?’, coolest and most sophisticated, thing about the Wakefield Doctrine?
  • … the Wakefield Doctrine ‘is for you, not them’
  • yep! you read that correctly, unlike many of the other personality theory systems, the Wakefield Doctrine is not a ‘mirror-coated club’  sorry*

Since you’re all  comfortable with the ‘everything Rule’, lets take a quick look at how the Doctrine deals with jobs, careers, talents, aptitudes, tendencies and all the things that make us good at what we do.

Medical World:  your GP/Internist finds something wrong and you end up with an Oncologist, who recommends surgery (as part of what turns out to be a totally successful treatment). If you could pick one of the three personality types for each of these very important medical people, which would you have be a roger or a clark or a scott?

Legal World: You know you were at home the entire evening that your place of business burns to the ground, nevertheless, the Fire Fighter explains that they found some kind of accelerant and the police at the scene suggests that you come and visit him in the morning. (This is a trick question, of course…. but you still have to pick one of the three worldviews for each of the key people in this scenario. who’s the clark and who’s the roger and who would you think is the scott?)

The point of our little exercise is to remind us that, sure, there are cops who are clarks and, of course, a roger can be a gas station attendant and among the ranks of the career bureaucrats at your local DMV or maybe the Vice Principle at the Elementary School… (a scott? er…. no that’s way unlikely! that new Vice Principle, the one that dresses so well, and is smiling all the time and just seems to be so organized?… yeah, you guessed it gimme an ‘r’ gimme an ‘o’). The ‘everything Rule’ is critical to the use of the Wakefield Doctrine as a tool to help us better understand the people in our lives, in the same way that we insist that ‘personality type’ is not just labeling of your favorite likes and least favorite dislikes, but rather it (your personality type) is simply the characteristic way that ‘you relate yourself to the world around you’.

So forget about there being a job that only scotts do or that there are rogerian careers. Nope and no.  But…. but!  there are jobs that  a clark (or a scott or a roger) is more likely to be successful at than would be a roger (or a scott or a clark).

job: chase people and capture them, drive really fast and make a lot of noise in the process… hang out with other people who like to do the same…legally allowed to shot off guns, tell total strangers what to do and sometimes…. sometimes they want you to put people in handcuffs!

job: put books on shelves, put books away (on the shelfs), push carts (full of book) that have very quiet wheels down aisles of shelves of books, if fortunate, push carts full of books out of an elevator, across a small section of vinyl flooring onto a carpeted section (of shelves of books), speak in whispers, have the authority to require others to speak in whispers, eat lunch while reading without undo fear that someone in will sit down across from you (while turning their chair around wrong ways) and say in a voice against the rules, ‘hey! watcha readin?’

job: write popular (and therefore, commercially successful) books, present stories to a vast number of Readers (while genuinely not being concerned with the numbers of said readers), tell stories that represent the elements of life that you feel that, though you have not ‘seen it all’, you do feel that you know the characters that appear in your books in a way that you are simultaneously proud and embarrassed have come out from within your mind, seek to see, among the people and the fans who come to book signings, someone who knows what you really do, but knows enough not to try and tell you… and not that one, she clearly is misinformed and misguided and you may have to tell her so, but there is still too much to do, to write, to get to that last story.



The Answers to the Quiz?  Well, I couldn’t have any of the clarks or scotts scroll down and get the Answers, now could I? So click here for the Answers




* no, really… it’s one of our first and most favoritist little examples that we came up with when we started writing this blog. “…for most people, when they come across a ‘personality test’ or a quiz/assessment in a magazine**, the second thing they are heard saying is, “honey!  come here!! you need to read this, they so have you down to a ‘T’!!”

** a kindle/facebook that does not require batteries, a display screen, passwords or sign-ons


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the Most Important Principle (of) the Wakefield Doctrine (“…well, actually, it’s really the second most important”) Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:50:40 +0000

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‘the most important’ Principle of our favorite personality theory? That one is easy! The most important Principle of the Wakefield Doctrine is: we all live our lives in one of three personal reality(s).  We have the potential for it (our reality) to be one of three,  at an early age it happens that we find ourselves in:

  1. the reality of the Outsider (clarks)…another, very useful way to say this is, we relate ourselves to the world around us as ‘the Outsider’
  2. the life of the Predator (scotts)… they would say, ‘life is happening now, there are threats and there are opportunities, life is neither bad nor good, it simply is…lighten up and do something!’
  3. the world of the Herd Member (rogers) the world has Rules, there are 2,398 ways to do a thing and only one of those is the Right Way, a good life is the result of giving your all to find that way and be the example of why it’s the right way

Simple enough, right?  Oh, one more (yeah, a very important Principle): these worldviews?  real. seriously. real as in there are threats and prey and traps to be sniffed out, if you’re living as a scott. that the world is a quantifiable place? why do you think rogers make the best engineers and Chefs? The reason I emphasize this, is that, it is the Most Important Difference between the Doctrine and those other personality systems. That is:  I do not find myself having to: ‘speak clearly, for crying out loud’ or ‘don’t slouch!’ or ‘use apostrophes‘ or ‘great insight, now back it up with some empirical evidence, already!’  because I’m trying to be difficult (well, maybe a little).  I’m doing it because those are coping strategies that works best for a person who is trying to get by in the reality of ‘the Outsider’.  Bottom line? the ‘personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine are not categories, and they are not matrixeseses… does  factoring in… factors, place me in a certain group according to my preferences and traits and peccadilloes? No. That’s not what we do here at the Wakefield Doctrine.
The reason I refer to myself as a clark* is that it reflects ‘how I relate myself to the world around me‘.
And scotts are not just Tasmanian devils, (barely able to restrain their enthusiasm), teaching pre-K children with a fiercely protective love and, given half a chance, inclined to throw the class in a mini-van for a road trip to the stockyards, rather than bore them to sleep with rote lessons. No!  they are people who have developed the necessary skills and strategies to succeed in the world of Predator and prey. And rogers know that how they do whatever they do, counts. The fastidiousness that they bring to everything they do, (from cooking a meal to learning to use a compound bow) is simply what the world demands.
To apply the Wakefield Doctrine does not involve: answer(ing) the following questions. (there is no) rate yourself. All that you need to do is ask:  ’how do you relate yourself to the world around you?

the 2nd (second) Most Important Principle?  ‘everyone does everything, at one time or another’.
Without this Principle, we’d all be sitting on the ground trying to figure out how the Wakefield Doctrine defines: putting a ship in a bottle, taking pride in an exceptional skill with a Dymo label gun, playing guitar louder than anyone, wearing stiletto heels to the supermarket and not looking like a hooker, explaining the secret of the universe (with a straight face)…. nope! this ‘everything Rule’ is all you will need to make the Wakefield Doctrine useful and fun (and) will make you the life of the party.
Rather than get bogged down when someone says, ‘I enjoy being alone! What’s your Doctrine say about that, huh??’  all you need do is infer that person’s predominant worldview and ask (yourself) ‘how does ‘being alone’ manifest in their world (of the Outsider or the Predator or the Herd Member?)’  If you have correctly inferred the worldview of the person, you will then know more about them than you have any right to know…

try it today!**



*to be correct, technically-speaking, it would be ‘predominant clark with a strong secondary scottian and weak tertiary rogerian aspect

** yes, the everything Rule applies to everything, including this suggestion.  ’try it today’  exists as a (slightly but distinguishably different command in the world of a clark, the life of a roger or the roller coaster of a scott)


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TToT the Wakefield Doctrine ‘I was standing, by the window, on one cold and cloudy day’ Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:18:00 +0000

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(here’s a last-minute replacement photo for Item #7):


1) the near-endless repository of information that is the internet, for clarks it’s a un-spoken dream come true. To have, within a few key strokes, such a breadth of knowledge and information, and it (the internet and the gnome-like browsers), not only offers information, it helps us find what we think we’re looking for, with only the flimsiest of connections to what we seek.

2) used bookstores… while I have not been in one in too many years, a used books stores is not, (in my experience), simply a store that sells books that can’t make on the shelves of Barnes & Noble.  A (proper) used bookstore sells book that, probably, were never on the shelf of a bright, well-lit, well-organised new book store. And, a new bookstore with their neatly arranged rows will never smell like a used book store. More the loss for the future generations.  The smell of a used bookstore, the smell of time and age, mildew and paper, is one of those environmental experiences that we all have had, but no one has tried to capitalize on: used bookstores, bowling alleys, indoor swimming pools, the lobby of a movie theater, mimeograph printing, and the smell of alcohol in a doctor’s office.

3) (a slight re-statement of number 1) is why lyrics are so subjective… it’s not just that we get don’t understand them, or we learn them incorrectly or that we forget them…. in order to stay in our heads, we have to re-create the song and the lyrics are the one’s that make sense (in our heads). Today’s sub-title is a lyric from an old bluegrass song, ‘Will the circle be un-broken’. This morning, when I searched the lyrics on line, I found at least two variations on just this one line (of the song). I used the one you see, because I thought that those were the words that conveyed the feeling (of the song) the best…see what I mean?

4) I would normally go to a hypo-grateful item here, this Season, the time of year… but, I suspect that, like a song lyric, my experience with autumn will not translate to another’s experience, unless they are matching. (No, it’s not you. I totally lost track of that last statement). Anyway, Fall as always been a …not really depressing,  more conducive to feeling less energetic and, because of that, more prone to the passive negative emotions. In any event, this song (especially the opening lines) totally captures my feeling of Autumn

5) seasonal alert for our scottian friends. Now, we’re not Doctors (here at the Wakefield Doctrine), but we will say that there is a very high correlation between those with a scottian predominant worldview and the incidence of seasonal affective disorder. (Not only are we not doctors, but we couldn’t define Seasonal Affective Disorder, even if promised that we could go back in time to high school and be given a jacket that we could wear that would make everyone perceive us as scotts. Which would make high school so much better an experience, at least until it came time to take the SATs) But….but! the scotts I know who are able to spend even a little time in areas with longer days (during the winter), feel much, much better for it.

6) This is a do-it-yourself Gratitude Item.  You have a clark and a Halloween costume party and a limitless budget, but only one day to prepare. what do you have them go as?

7) The lawn is done for the year. The basic lawn is established and we have re-adjusted our turning-the-car-around habits to avoid driving up on the grass, the rest will happen next spring.

8) Only 57 more Days Until Winter is over!

9) You know, there are 7 Guard Virgins. There are 3 male-based Virgins and 4 of the female persuasion. Fine. Nothing controversial there! We also know that they serve to maintain the integrity of the TToT. That there is a Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules), guaranteed that there would be Guard Virgins, not because we (collectively) cannot be trusted to not abuse the Rule, but more to allow those who need to bend the Rules due to special circumstance or a transitory condition, the temporary blessings of this bloghop, without inviting anarchy. Like the girl who always got picked to sit at the Teacher’s desk when said Teacher had to leave the room… it was never a boy (though, for those of you out there who are bouncing in your sit, waving your hand at the monitor saying. ‘it happened in my school!!! there was a boy picked to monitor!!!!  we’ll just say, ‘yes, of course there was and he was a roger….roger‘ But you get my drift on the SGV. We have them because we need them, we need them because we know how someone always is, and therefore, if we start to picture the Seven Guard Virgins, in their dressing rooms (no, totally not co-ed)…. if we sneak up, the accents shaping the conversations we overhear are somehow familiar.

10) even though I still start writing this Post early on Saturday morning and then don’t get to come back to read/write Comments until the end of the day, I am grateful to Lizzi for creating this thing, and even though we don’t get to chat as much, (she has those AP classes that, (we all knew she was destined to be moved up to)….and cheerleader practice…. which we also knew that she could do, even when she didn’t… when we pass in the halls, the look we share is still the same one that goes all the way back to the beginning, the look of knowing what the world is like inside…)




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…’scuse me a minute’ the Wakefield Doctrine (I think we’re… er alone now here: pieces of Posts Friday!) Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:04:33 +0000

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Part 2:

I was talking to Denise (Girlie on the Edge) last night, she mentioned hearing a roger at her office express incredulity when another person (in the group that was out walking around the office complex parking lot during their lunch breaks ….the rogers dressed to the height of parking-lot-walking-fashion, the scotts ignoring the passing cars slowing down and the clark in the lead, for once one their lives), mentioned that her daughter was going to go a concert the next weekend, by herself… and that naturally lead to a discussion of ‘being alone’.
At first it seemed a very abstract and convoluted subject, i.e. how the Doctrine deals with the state of being alone.  Denise pointed out that ‘being alone’ can be a condition or it can be an emotion (rather adroit perception). We struggled with that…. condition/emotion and the three worldviews, but then we remembered ‘the everything Rule’ and it all fell into place! The ‘everything Rule’ tells us that ‘everyone does everything, at one time or another’. So we didn’t need to worry about who was ‘better at being alone’, rather all we had to do was understand how being alone manifested in each of the three worldviews (that of the Outsider/clarks, the world of the Predator/scotts or the life of the Herd Member/rogers).

On being alone:

  1. clarks start out alone (Outsider? everyone and everything is ‘out there’?) so they have the resources not to be freaked out by being alone, they are naturally alone, but…. they do not ‘enjoy’ being alone as ‘the other two’ do …they are spending their time trying to not be alone (to be a ‘real person’). Best insight that only a clark will appreciate? Listen to the song vid below,
  2. scotts are, by nature loners,… but they are (also) natural pack members, so ‘being alone’ is, at times, a strategy, but in the world of human scotts…when was the last time you saw one alone? everyone wants to go to the game/the prom/club with the scott!   there is one time when a scott will seek being alone, if they are very, very dis-(something…sick, injured, messed up), then  if you can’t find your scott, you should check the corner of the garage, under the porch, behind the pile of laundry.
  3. rogers are the natural ‘never alone’… they are connected, a part of the Herd, they will affect to want to be alone, but that’s because the Herd is within… for a roger to say, ‘excuse me, but I’d really rather be alone for the moment’? what they are really saying is, ‘tell the Herd that something is wrong in the world and hurry the hell up about it!’

so, that was our brief conversation last night.


Part 1

The latest strategy in my on-going effort to write the Wakefield Doctrine book is to:

  1. use excerpts from Posts that I’ve written over the last 5 years as a way to form a narrative connecting the ‘other two parts’,
  2. grab the bulk information from my previous ‘book-writing-effort’ (60,000+ words written in exquisitely fluent Gibberish) and… (this is the part that I believe is totally necessary and, at the same time, the scariest most intimidating  part)…
  3. tell the story of how this,  weird/inspired/funny/encouraging/somehow-posessed-0f-a-kind -of-wisdom, personality theory view of life and the world and the people that form our lives has shaped, bent, twisted, enhanced and, eventually changing my thinking over the course of a lifetime.

(For the benefit of newer Readers), these three views, (giving structure and shape to the book), reflect the most basic, simple and true description of the Wakefield Doctrine:

clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel

so I’ll let my clarklike aspect dive into the information angle of the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers… and my scottian aspect can grab the Reader’s attention with funny stories, outrageous antics, innuendo and clever seduction (with words, of course) and the third aspect, my rogerian experience… damn!  that is going to totally be the ‘no-frickin-way-am-I-going-to-be-able-to-do-this’ part of this thing. We all know that our herdlike friends are the natural storytellers and, the Doctrine tells us that we all possess the potential of ‘the other two’ worldviews, then I guess I’m just gonna have to find my inner roger. (ewww! lol) but… what the hell, right?

So, every now and then, don’t be surprised I hit you up to read something that I’m trying out at the book. It seems that here, writing these Posts, is where I am most comfortable and willing to leave the self-sabotaging complexity of my clarklike dominant worldview and the distracting scottian ‘come on! don’t beat yourself up with that book thing!!! lets do something fun!’

not that this is going to be sit in the Macy’s Department Store window display  ”writer as mannequin (or mannequin as writer)” performance art, but I’m glad a have a place that I can bounce imaginary ideas off of imaginary personages*… my, how 21st Century of me!

…anyway, thanks for the listen.


* no… I said ‘imaginary personages, I did not say, ‘imaginary friends’


vidchat tonight   be there or be square …. hey! Joy!  hey Lisa! yo  Dyanne  that’s 7:30 in the Eastern Daylight Time Zone…. check ‘the Facebook’ but will send you an invite anyway   our Ms. L  (might be there) and zoe and Michelle and Denise (a bit late)


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‘…of storms and bad weather’ the Wakefield Doctrine ‘let me tell you a story about the world’ Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:14:19 +0000

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“…so! are you ready for the big storm?”

…friendly and caring, inviting and (somehow) enthusiastic words floated across the office yesterday morning. It was our newest rogerian agent, on the phone to a client. I was at my desk, in the corner (windows on 2 sides, but the corner nevertheless), and this simple phrase totally commanded my attention. ‘That is so rogerian!’ was my first thought. Following thoughts were:

  • god! what a loud voice
  • his voice is not conveying alarm or fear, there is an un-mistakable  promise of excitement or maybe, even better…. shared excitement
  • … coming from a scott, it would have been heard more like,   ‘hey, have you been working out?’ (scottian female) or, ‘what’s that perfume you’re wearing?’ (male scott)

So what does the Doctrine tell us about this little snippet of a part of a telephone conversation? Two things:

  1. as a clark I’m hearing only the words (but, because I’m fluent in the principles of the Wakefield Doctrine, I could not help but to be drawn to the tone of the words being spoken by the roger)
  2. to a roger there is something going on that, as a clark, I would not understand, although, as a clark, I might be enticed/charmed/convinced by the message that I was over hearing
  3. I need to remember that even though we (me, the rogerian agent, the putative listener on his phone) live in a common world, the everyday world of weather reports and telephones and approaching rainstorms, the Doctrine charges us to remember that our experience of these events, (how they ‘manifest’ to us as clarks and scotts and rogers), can be as different as cats and dogs, ghosts and bridges

From this 7 second, overheard half-a-phonecall, we can infer: rogers ‘enjoy’ preparing for challenges, the more ‘common’ the experience, i.e. a hurricane or a blizzard or an upcoming exam or a national holiday,  the more enjoyment there is to be had; the ‘enthusiasm’ in the voice of our roger, (in today’s example), conveys both a challenge, an invitation and an attempt at seduction… “hey, that rain is really coming down,  …come here often?”

So we have an insight into the worldview of the Herd, an artifact* to add to our collection:  the virtue of preparing and preparedness.

As we know, in the personal reality of the roger, there is a Right way and there are a bunch of other ways. For the most part, rogers seek to learn/discover/find/practice the Right way, if for no other reason than, that (the Right way) exists in the same form for everyone, therefore it represents the highest form (of an act or action).
rogers, if they do nothing else, strive for perfection. The virtue in preparation is found in the element of ‘common practice’…. the over-crowded supermarket the day before the Blizzard of the Century… I’ve always wondered why there is such an element of ….celebration in the air.  It’s because the grocery store is full of rogers engaging in practice of preparation… buying bread and milk is only the outward activity,  the source of the energy and excitement is that the Herd is engaged in a common effort.

(Hey!  new Readers? I often warn people about, how once you get to the point where you can see the clarks, scotts and rogers in your life, you will be unable to not see the clarks, scotts and rogers in your life. Lets add another level to this advisory. Today’s Post is an example of how much there is going on around us that is so interesting… become fluent in the principles of the Wakefield Doctrine and you’ll never have to watch reality TV again!)


* an ‘artifact’ is a word or phrase that provides an insight into a worldview, these are rare and incredibly valuable. Examples:  ’referential authority’  and  ’the security of expectations’ ( thanks, Kristi)










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couldn’t just do a ‘re-print’, could you? the Wakefield Doctrine pastiche Tuesday (yeah, I like the look of the word, hope I’m using it correctly!) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:52:39 +0000

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(damn!  I looked the word up and my intended use is….close, but not really. shit.)

Anyway, I’ve got some clips from previous Posts lined up, better not waste ‘em.

From Octovia 7 2010 (yeah, over 14 years ago!)

… clarks, scotts and rogers were at an athletic event and were waving pennants and cheering their team, what would it look like?

clarks: (2 possibilities):  a) a bunch of rogers with $5.00 bills sticking out of their pockets would wave a “Go! clarks” pennant 3 times, look around, start talking to their fellow rogers and forget they have anything in their hands and “go clarks” end up under the bleachers…to be found later by a clark, who would gather them up quickly so that no one would see them and get embarrassed; B) among the rogerian banners and pennants being waved from the full bleachers, in the upper left corner there is one pennant that says “go clarks….

scotts: they don’t need pennants, or if there is someone near with artistic skills, the scotts will have them (probably a clark) write words on their faces and chests in body paint. Mostly, “Kill”, and “Go Team! (KILL)” but for the most part the scottian element at the game will be happy shouting, “KILL (other team name here)” or “Get in the Hole”!!! or ” eee haaa” or similar ‘inchoate-high-volume-noise-meant-to-designate-a-perceived-freedom-to-act-in-any-manner-that-occurs-to-the-scott-in-question’ ( … aiiyee, Miguel! esta palabra, ‘incipiente’ ¿Qué quiere decir?… ).  Guess it is kinda hard to put into words, but then again, they are scotts

rogers: you know that  ‘wave’ thing that stadium goers do? Stand up and sit down in sequence?…rogers!   And the thing where the crowd holds up black or white cards that, when seen from afar (there is a hint right there) the whole half of the stadium appears to be spelling out the Pythagorean theory complete with proof and citations …rogers!   Hell, for that matter, every marching band in the western world… you know, the ones who insist on doing an arrangement of “I Feel Good” (James Brown) complete with choreography and solos by the horn sections and everyone, including the overweight tuba-playing guys, doing the splits at the end?…rogers!  Real simple concept here, if it is complicated to the point that you lose track of the original reason for doing the thing and requires a level of coordination that would make a school of albacore blush in shame, then you are talking about rogers

So, there you have it! In time for the football season, you now know how to identify clarks, scotts and rogers at the (high school/college) football games.  (… yes? Britney? you have a question?  the female clarks, scotts and rogers?  Why of course they are there!! The Wakefield Doctrine is, after all, gender neutral!  Let’s take the easy ones first…. {very funny Jimmy, besides the scottian girls…} the cheerleaders.  Not counting the male cheerleaders, who are rogers to a “man”. The girl cheerleaders will have the rogerian females on the ground-level of those formation things. Can’t afford to have anyone lose their focus and wander off, the rest are little scottian girls being thrown into the air by clarklike females (with the extra sparkle-things on their showlaces and their hair a little weird).


(From the Year of Our Lord MMXII, the month of Octopi):

So a quick review of primary characteristics of clarks and scotts and rogers.

clarks: quiet, tend to mumble and are on the “brainy” side (not geeks who tend to be rogers) but clarks are the ones who are living in their own heads.  If you want to know about anything that normal people don’t have the time to learn about, clarks are the people you will go to… there is one in your life, close but you just haven’t noticed them.  clarklike females will dress from the “androgyny fashion collection” mix and mix, especially shoes… the clarklike males will be grey(with a splash of beige)  and have virtually no eye contact when speaking to you, which if they do, will consist of strings of incomplete sentences.

scotts: never stop moving, never stop talking, never fuckin stop…sports fans to a person…your scott is the one who introduces themselves whether they are entering a situation where they are the stranger or there is a stranger entering the setting where the scott  already is…when you move to a new place, the neighbor who comes to “welcome you to the neighborhood” that’s your scott…always helpful as long as “completing the task” is not the priority…scottian females…always attractive/seductive/commanding/demanding depending on the context, scottian males…always in charge…the person best described as “not always right but never uncertain…”

rogers: the most social and accommodating person you know, the roger is, in fact, most likely your family doctor, your family lawyer, your family accountant, emphasis on family…the person who knows the family history and insists that you come to the family reunion that’s your roger, the one who knows how many forks should be on which side of the plate…there’s your rogerian female…want to have a long conversation?…talk to a roger, they make it so easy to talk about yourself…the rogerian male will be well dressed and if you want to know if ascots and large briarwood pipes are still worn and/or smoked you will find the roger when you see either of them and if you want to imagine settling down and raising a family with a beautifully decorated home and be a member in all the right clubs and organisations…then a rogerian female will be near by.

Thats all we have time for today.

Remember to be ready next week to Vote for your Faaavorite Guard Virgin


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‘Jesus just left Chicago, and he’s bound for New Orleans’ the Wakefield Doctrine it’s the start of another workweek Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:29:20 +0000

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the part of the boat where the name 'Roann' is? that's the fo'c's'le  (sleep and eat there…work everywhere else)

the part of the boat where the name ‘Roann’ is? that’s the fo’c's’le (sleep and eat there…work everywhere else)

So here’s the thing, I need to write a Post before I get pulled into my work-world. (I’m also trying to learn to become a better writer… so let me think out loud here, ok?) You, the Reader, have a couple of Questions at this point:

  1. Why does he need to write a Post
  2. What does he mean by ‘(being)pulled into his ‘world-world’
  3. What does he mean by ‘work-world’ and
  4. I don’t think with parentheses… what they hell is going on here?

Fine. Here are the Answers:

1) I need to write a Post for two reasons: a) I’m trying to write ‘the Wakefield Doctrine book’ and, for reasons beyond the scope of this Post, I need to practice my ‘voice’ in writing (has something to do with how I’m trying to come across to the Reader of the book, more conversational than informational… interesting instead of pedantic. Not that I’m ever in danger of being pedantic. 2) I find that I only have a certain ‘amount of words’ to write in a given day and c) I’m always afraid that if I don’t write frequently enough, I’ll forget how to

2) I mean that there is a schedule to create, tasks and appointments that are part of my workday and, for me, I need to ‘get into character’, (Jules Winnfield in that wonderful movie, ‘Pulp Fiction’), in order to have any hope whatsoever of being effective today. The moment I start to plan my day, I’m halfway into that world

3) I believe I just told you.

4) So, I need to get something down ‘on paper’ in order to satisfy my need to do whatever-the-hell-it-is-that-I-think-I’m-doing-by-writing-this-blog, today. Not as cool as waking up carnal or waking up and running 5 miles or waking up and meditating on a bamboo mat or waking up in the fo’c's’le of an old Eastern rig (you actually wake up because it become quieter…. the engines are slowed down because you’ve arrived at the spot where you will ‘set in’ , i.e.putting the net out, which involves physical work in one of the most … bracing of environments. It’s not just that you’re waking up outdoors! Hell, cowboys and campers do that! It’s not even that you’re in a hostile situation….soldiers and hookers experience that… it’s that the place you are, the ‘middle of the ocean’* is a place that you have no, natural business being. You are, through your technology, floating in an alien world, a ghost/demon in the quiet dark world of the fishes that swim below. Totally at the mercy of the elements, (wind and temperature, sky and water). Waking up and going up on deck ( the fo’c's’le of an Eastern rig is in the bow, the foremost part of the boat and is below decks, so you need to climb a ladder to get outdoors). Working on deck means ignoring where you are and never for a moment forgetting where you are, very ….special way to wake up to a workweek.

Today’s Post title? Sometimes, all it takes is a wonderful song lyric to jumpstart a Post, ya know?

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* for the most part, at least in the context of the Atlantic Ocean fisheries, you’re not really in the ‘middle of the ocean’… you’re on the left edge, the Continental shelf, to be somewhat technical…. the depth that you fish in is relatively shallow, maybe, 600 feet versus 6,000 (the shelf drops off very sharply…well, yeah just like a shelf…google it)


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TToVidee the Wakefield Doctrine (“show them, don’t tell them”) Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:15:27 +0000

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(like this, except instead of a Viking it was a small frog and instead of a book with a lot cool stuff, it was the front grill of a Mini)

(like this, except instead of a Viking it was a small frog and instead of a boat with a lot cool stuff, it was the front grill of a Mini)

Saturday morning. Lets set the timer!


(…!?! 8:29)

1) Phyllis is grateful that I am here because,  (and the reason for the gap in this morning’s timeline), there was a frog in her grill…. good thing I’m from Y Chromia!  god! I’d really be grateful if we could have a laugh track for our days… (you’ll know what I mean in the next grat item),  anyway, I had to go outside and remove the frogae corpus delectus from the grill of her Mini… where apparently the deceased frog’s family decided to send the body onwards   sort of an amphibian Valhalla ceremony

3) That reminds me of a classic bit from the Beverly Hillbillies (an admittedly acquired taste, no, really, I thought the show was stupid when I was  12 years old… any way, here’s a youtube clip)

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6) Cyndi…cyndi! Buenos y’all

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4) from FOTD Katia (I apparently have a subscription to her youtube channel, which is cool, but this sample jumped out at me):

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2) I am glad I got a chance to have a vidchat last night with zoe and Denise… much discussion over a wide range of topics

5) the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules)… we all agreed, (in last night’s vidchat), that one of the things that makes this bloghop so exceptional is that we have a BoSRs/SBoRs  Sure, there are other gratitude blogs and blog hops, but none of them provide a resource to, (and a responsibility on), it’s participants the way that the TToT does, what with Secret Rules and all…

7) speaking of exceptional and vidchats…. last night we got to talk about, you know who and we sort of stumbled on a bit of a mystery/controversy  (mystroversy)…. are they the same or have they changed through the ages… sure, we know there are only Seven of the them (because Cyndi told us so)… but  it now appears to be common knowledge that at one time there were 3 female Guard Virgins (aka real Virgins) and 4 male Guard Virgins (aka  yeah, right)… but there was trouble with that ratio and now we have 4 and 3 (new-ratio-of-female-Guard-Virgins-to-male-Guard-virgins motto: “hey! don’t be like that! you’re not the only GV in the world ya know“)  so we have 2 questions:  are they same throughout the ages or do the individual manifestations change over time

8) how many am I up to now? I’ll be glad when I get this list done!

9) I am totally grateful that yesterday is over. However I have to add a hypo-grateful item here:  the work does not stop with the Friday… still  better than being on a fishing boat spending all my waking hours picking up dead fish

10)  Big thanks to Cyndi and Katia for lending their presence to this here list here… tell me they’re not clarks with significant secondary scottian aspects! I dare ya I double dare ya


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