the Wakefield Doctrine » <title> (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers) Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:02:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ‘the Case of the Missing scott’, a Summer Mysteries Series -the Wakefield Doctrine- Part II Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:57:54 +0000

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“Why yes, we do seem to have characters… why do you ask? and, no, I don’t think I look anything at all like that guy with no neck in Rocky Horror Picture Show!”


So what kind of Mystery is this, if we don’t have characters with cool-sounding names and shady-yet-very-interesting back stories. I will admit to somewhat spotty memory of childhood board games, but being a clark, incomplete knowledge of a subject makes me want to try it more than it makes me feel the need to learn all the facts first…. plus, I’ve run into the movie version at least 3 times in the last 2 weeks and watched at least 33 minutes of it ( clark here, remember?)

Wadsworth:  Christine

Mrs. White:  Ivy/zoe

Mrs. Peacock: Lizzi

Miss Scarlett: Dyanne

Professor Pum: Denise

Col Mustard: Lisa

Mr. Green:  ?

(have I left anyone (characters, or ‘real’ people?) yeah… I remember something about weapons and such… I’m trying to keep up with my own Post here, people!)

The Mystery of the Missing Scott  is still the same: what happened to Christine that she couldn’t attend the 1st Annual TToT Live!?

Just so you don’t think I’m sitting here enjoying the visuals of the (assigned characters) I will be researching the Clues… which means I’ll be reading Posts over at ‘the Coop’  will bring back and link to the pertinent Posts.

…well, yeah! you’re right!  we should augment this with some vid clips of the characters!  (hold on…let me see what I can find)

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Note: no people (virtual or otherwise) died in the course of ‘The Case of the Missing scott’  however, there are clues and there is an Answer… discover it and there’s a genuine Wakefield Doctrine docTee waiting for you!



In our new series, ‘Summer Mysteries in the Blogosphere’ we begin with the Riddle of the Chickens, the Case of the Missing Scott’  presented without prompting and totally with prescience, by Friend of the Doctrine, Christine.

…of course there’s a Prize!! What kind of Solve the Mystery Post would this be if we didn’t have a Prize?!   The Prize is a (actually one of the last remaining from the last batch) Wakefield Doctrine docTee!  Solve the Mystery, Win the Prize!

the Clues:

“I’m gonna go all Clark on you and give you clues in other people’s posts”. First clue: we have a new cat.
(found atUncharted

“I’m being you today. Clue #2 to answer the question “why wasn’t Christine at the TToT live event?”: we have a couple of dogs who are very territorial.
(At the Wakefield Doctrine)

“Clue #3 as to why I missed the TToT live event”: Bryan and I did not learn our lesson the last time.
(At My virtual Vineyard)

“I am being Clark this week. Clue #4 as to why I wasn’t at the live TToT thing on Saturday: For some reason, our house doesn’t show up on some GPS maps, which really isn’t helpful when a tow truck is trying to find our house.
(At Considerings)

“I hate that I missed seeing you all at the TToT live event. I shall put the 5th and final clue as to why I didn’t participate here. (I’m being Clark today, leaving clues throughout other people’s posts.)”: When I called the service station to alert him, the guy recognized me and said, “What is it with you and animals and that van??”
(Girlie on the Edge)

So there we have the Clues assembled! What does it mean? Why did our intrepid scottian friend not attend the TToT Live!!

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TToT Live! -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘…in video veritas’ Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:45:52 +0000

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1) Technology… obviously

2) insufferable over-estimation of effectiveness of humor to an extent as to make a 11 year old say, ‘well, yeah, clark maybe that’s a bit much’

3) secret ego* that will proceed with the ‘script stage directions’ theme to today’s Post …a least enough to get through most of this list

4)  FADE IN:

EXT. co-host’s house in southern New England – Morning
writing the week’s TToT Post  finishing non-blogging
related work prior to vidchat


INT. home office/ banquet table desk/computer


5) ok, I’m grateful that I was willing to try for the screenplay version of the upcoming TToT Live  but, too much work, not enough time. (that btw, describes a characteristic event in the life of a clark. (In the course of trying to pull off Item 4, I went out and found a few sites that discussed/talked about/tried-to-sell books on screenplay writing. And, naturally, I found it pretty darn cool. Not just the very specific format/language of a screenplay, but the way that it (screenplay writing) seemed to make it quite simple to describe a scene… made me think that maybe I should try that…screenplay writing.  I know!  but, for you scotts and rogers out there, that is a quick insight into the world of a clark

6) one more:

UNA (O.S.)
‘ruff! ruff!! bark!!! Bark!!!

7) I will say that this bloghop has never ceased to amaze me. Not just that it’s still running, not just that it still has the fun… the ‘what-the-hell-lets-try-that‘… it’s that there are still new people participating each week. Especially of late, the percentage of new bloggers is pretty impressive. (I say impressive in the sense that, and this has nothing to do with an Y Chrome inherent competitiveness …really!  But, that for a bloghop to grow and attract new Readers and Writers requires that those participating not only maintain their enthusiasm, but that they enjoy welcoming new participants.  Hell, on the internets, anyone can gather a group and establish a club mentality. To establish a community and have that community be attractive to passersby, that is the special thing that our Miss Rogers and her co-hostinae have pulled off. v cool).

8) speaking of New Writers here in Mayberry…. I’m getting in the mood for more Secret Rules, courtesy of the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules)… (talk about a bloghop that has something that no one else does!)… but that’s for next week!

9) come on!  one more Screenplay reference?? pleeassse     ok.  oh, wait!  thanks to Val and Kristi and Alex (zoe and Christine) for the 2 Mile Run thing ( ‘2 Mile Run thing motto:  “god! I hate this running shit… what the hell, do great one day, the next awful and still hurts the same!  what is this marriage?!!”)

10) 1.3   (Metric: 3.1)


* the secret ego of clarks

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of stampeding cats, fireflies on the floor and a Live TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- (that certainly should be enough for 1 Post) Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:29:33 +0000

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Regrettably, I do not possess the skills with cellphone camera that makes the Facebook what it is…. all those totally cute and candid snapshots and video clips that are the result of whipping out the cell phone* capturing a transient, but fascinating life-moment,  to be shared with the hordes of stimuli-hungry people who populate the internets. Nevertheless, I had two incidents that I was fortunate enough to observe recently, and, while I’ll leave the import and life-enhancing insights, (inherent in these moments of frisson), to be judged by the Readers, permit me to relate them to you… in print… yeah, sort of like your grandparents, talking about how wonderful the ‘Days of Radio’ were and how much more satisfying it was to listen, instead going to see one of those new-fangled motion pictures.

  1. …so I’m driving through farmland in rural Connecticut yesterday afternoon, talking on the phone. Suddenly I see a bunch of cows…running away from the section of field nearest the roadway… must’ve been 23 or 24 of ’em, semi- galloping towards the far side of their pasture! In nearly the same instant (…in that open-to-the-wonders-of-life-instant, the ‘wtf!?’ moment), a cat ran across the road in the opposite direction. The cat was looking smugly satisfied, so naturally I thought, ‘damn! a cat playing with the rogers!’ The moment (less than 45 seconds, surely), concluded as I looked back at the pasture and saw the running cows re-join the herd, mixing in with barely a sign of the excitement that just galvanized their afternoon. Couldn’t help but laugh and say, ‘what a Doctrine!’
  2. I’m sitting in the bathroom, early early this morning, the door is open and I spot movement on the floor of the hallway. I do not like bugs and other more-than-4-legged-creatures and tensed, staring at the movement, pre-deciding if I need to take action. Then the back-half of this thing blinked a light. a firefly! walking, for god-knows-what-reason across the wood floor of my hallway. no, no insight into the Wakefield Doctrine this time… but I did smile when it occurred to me to incorpate this odd little moment into a post.

neither time did I have my cellphone available to preserve a record of these little adventures. so you get to picture them yourselfs

Speaking of picturing-them-yourselfs!  tomorrow is the First Annual TToT Live!  It will be on google hangouts starting at 10:30am EDT and ending 11:30 EDT  I need you to join us!  Not quite sure how you get there… lol  actually  watch the Facebook and I will be pasting the link to the hangout on the Facebook …at the TToT group and my own place.

…it’ll be interesting and fun and such

before I leave you, a word for any New Readers:

glad you happened by. most readers of blogs, coming across the Wakefield Doctrine, will scan it and find it interesting… in the ‘old bookstore/curio shoppe/ that table-over-in-the-cafeteria-where-no-one-you-hang-out-with-ever-sits, but-the-faces-of-(those who do)-seem-familiar-but-you-can’t-remember-a-name’, sort of way and move on. if you find yourself curious enough to think, ‘did I read that right? 3 personality types for everyone?!’ then you might be one of the people we’re looking for. don’t worry about understanding how this Doctrine thing works, just read and assume that you’re ‘getting it’   (we have a saying**  ‘when it comes to learning and apply the principles of the Wakefield Doctrine,  ‘you can’t break it and you can’t get it wrong’…so enjoy yourself!’)
cliffnotes: we all go through life within a personal reality that represents how a person relates themselves to the world around them: clarks (Outsiders) scotts (Predators) and rogers (Herd Members). These three ‘behavioral paradigms’ are meant as fun and entertaining and totally exaggerated illustrations of the behavior of people who developed their personality in the context of these worldviews:

  • clarks: …slouching, mumbling, non-eye contacting people with oddly compelling fashion choices and a sense of humor that you will think to yourself, ‘if everyone else knew how funny they are, they wouldn’t be so by themselves’ and they are kind… kind to a fault.
  • scotts: are lionesses sitting in trees, puppies holding onto the toy so single-mindedly that you can lift them off the floor and they’re always in a good mood except when they get mad and then it’s full-on fight to the death and then back to happy-to-be-alive, you think to yourself, ‘he/she is my best friend, the trouble and embarrassment is part of the price of friendship, it’s still worthwhile and they are sexy… sexy to a fault.
  • rogers: god they display the characteristics of the personal reality that they live in more than both clarks and scotts combined. relentless in being friendly and aggressive to a fault when being kind to others, living in a world that is quantifiable and comprised of ‘Right Ways’ to do everything, it can’t be easy to be a member of the Herd when everyone (in the Herd) is trying to be perfect, and you think, ‘they need to lighten up, not take things so personally and everything would be so much better’ and they are organized… organized to a fault





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(Part 2)useday -the Wakefield Doctrine- (“…let’s pretend to agree that today’s still Tuesday, ok?”) Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:46:51 +0000

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…in our last Post we left two thoughts started, but not completed:

  1. a renewed appreciation for the skills that allow something that has so much potential for being confusing to be made simple enough to allow for the ‘parts to connect’
  2. that the key to reducing stress and anxiety for clarks is to re-frame ‘the questions of the world’
  3. and cognitively dissonant jokes are a lot of fun!  (hey! this is the damn age of instant communication, right? wanna see something funny?  yeah, no! wait… I’ll do a  self-video I do this every chance I get, out there in the ‘real’ world!)
  4. video joke:  

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…while we wait for the cameras to warm up, you want to know an interesting way to tell if you’re talking to a clark? (btw this only works if you’re a clark too!) ‘bumping into each other, conversationally’. You know, you’re like, talking with this other person and you’re always both stopping and starting statements at the same instant.

Bullet Point #1: the three worldviews, i.e. the personal reality that you are living in at this moment, (more critically, the character of the world that you, as a very small and young human found yourself having to develop coping skills and strategies to stay alive and flourish in… it is the ‘style’ of coping that characterizes the three personality types):

  • the reality of the Outsider  aka clarks.  a clark is simply (yeah, right) a person who developed a set of social skills, (did I already use the ‘yeah right!’?), that are best suited to living in a world where you are the Outsider. you know that you’re different from everyone (… everyone), and your primary drive is to learn whatever it was that you missed, because when you look around, everyone around you seem ‘to belong’ and you’re pretty sure it was something they were taught that you weren’t. You still have to make your way through life and while you know you have something special, (the things inside your head), you are totally certain that you need to keep it to yourself… just in case, …’cause you realize there’s a possibility that you’ve been cast out/into this world, for a reason
  • the life of the Predator aka scotts  your basic human! a Shelby cobra:  powerful, agile, no radio (so of course you should sing loud!), handles really well (hey, you look like you need a hug), funny (pull my finger!),  at times uncomfortable (he doesn’t want to understand!! but you, you’re different, you’re smarter than him). But the truth is, the person who grows up in the personal reality of the Predator acts first and reflects when he/she has a spare moment which is…. hardly ever!! Mercurial in temperament, loyal without being slavish, the scottian personal coping strategies reflect a world where life is to be lived, is too short for spending time inside one’s head reflecting and regretting… it is a strategy prone to errors in judgement for the consequences of impulsive action, you know, a natural leader!  (hot, too!  it’s that directness, the animal magnetism thing)
  • the world of the Herd Member aka rogers  ‘a certainty wrapped in tradition coated with confidence‘  rogers are like scotts in that there was no question as to the meaning of life and what they (as individuals) should be, rogers belong.   hey! you want to know something about rogers that they don’t know about themselves? When rogers write posts and blogs and such? while they appreciate comments and reactions, (to what they write), they don’t really care if they get one comment or 2 thousand.  why?  because rogers ‘are of the Herd’, this means that, in their reality, there is always a Herd (of like-minded/similar-in-a-way-beyond-the-need-to-understand other people…and things) and the Herd will read their post. rogers know this on a level beyond conscious knowing…. sort of like when you walk down a flight of stairs, you don’t need to think about whether ‘down is that way’…. it’s simply down.  so the mere act of writing ‘in public’ includes the reading of this writing (by the Herd). hence their inconceivable lack of concern for feedback!

gotta run!  (yeah, still haven’t got to the matter of ‘re-framing the questions of the World’  later!  I promise!)


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Monday -the Wakefield Doctrine- “…re-framing the Questions from the world. A suggestion for clarks” Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:20:51 +0000

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…so the last couple of weekends, I’ve had the opportunity to talk about the Wakefield Doctrine to a person hearing about for the first time. My efforts to present the principles of the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers directly and ‘in person’ produced some interesting and beneficial insights:

  1. I’m still impressed how the Wakefield Doctrine continues to be one of the coolest things I’ve encountered in my life
  2. I realize that I need to work on my presentation skills! Even as I was trying to explain the Doctrine, it became clear that I wasn’t nearly as organized and orderly in my explanation as I would have liked, unlike writing a Post, talking to a person does not allow editing, lol. Paradoxically, that’s exactly what I need at this point in time, feeling as uninspired and excited about writing Posts as I’ve been for the last few weeks. Not an unfamiliar state of mind/heart, in fact,  it’s a very recognizable part the cycles I’ve been through since I started writing this blog, i.e. excitement and enthusiasm for the opportunity to find new (and amusing/interesting) ways to share the Wakefield Doctrine with Readers. This is (eventually) followed by becoming more complacent and a tendency to coast along in my comfort zone,  then a harsh period of ‘there’s nothing new to say/the Readers are getting bored’ and finally, bringing the cycle full…. er circle, I (to date) remember that it’s not about me, it’s about the Wakefield Doctrine and then I’m all  ‘wait a damn minute! Lets start all over again from the beginning!’
  3. getting back to basics is never a poor strategy or bad advice

But that’s not what the subtitle is about. The subtitle is about knowing what we don’t know. This, Readers will recognize, is a particularly frustrating life-situation for clarks, due to the aspect of the worldview of the Outsider, which is largely predicated on the ‘fact’ of the superior value of Information (and his very sexy sister, Knowledge), in over-coming the obstacles encountered in our everyday struggle to find a way to a normal happy life as a Real Person.

(to be cont’d)

P.S. the 2 Mile Run program is definitely impacting my writing routine, which normally is first thing in the morning, but for at least the month of June, the first thing in the morning is when I do my 2 Mile Run. This time spent, in combination with increased demands of work, is leaving me little time at the start of the day to write a Doctrine post. But, seeing how I’m writing this Monday evening, lets see what happens tomorrow morning, maybe I’ll add Part 2 to this post or wait and write Part 2 as a standalone post.


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TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- (yeah, no! I think there’s a kitchen sink down there somewhere!) Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:31:04 +0000

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1) I am ever grateful for belonging to, participating in, co-hostifying a bloghop that has such confidence in the integrity of its ‘theme’, i.e. the listing, describing and sharing events and occasions, people, animals and multiplayer sports that participants feel a sense of gratitude for, that the “Rules”,  at least when not secret or dance enhanced, are easy to break and, most importantly, flexible. This flexibility is totally contingent on having the proper attitude/intent/heart.

2) Well, I do watch some TV. But we have basic cable, so, for the most part, there isn’t a lot to watch… not counting, ‘How It’s Made’, ‘Castle’, ‘Parks and Recreation’.  That being said, when I do watch I have the remote ready to mute any and all commercials. There is a commercial that I’ll watch, ‘Hannah and Her Horse’. (For anyone reading this who is of a certain age, the phrase ‘I buy it for the articles’ may ring a bell.) But….but!  I will laugh and turn up the sound whenever this commercial comes on. (I was in the office yesterday, talking to an associate and I mentioned Hannah and was rewarded with a blank look and a, “I don’t know what you’re talking about“. So, I opened her office door and said to the room at large, ‘hey! any of you guys familiar with that commercial, ‘Hannah and her Horse‘  the reaction was, as expected, ‘yeah! great commercial!’ What is kind of funny though,  is that no one could remember what the commercial was selling.  Go figure. Seeing how I don’t know how the vid will ‘display’, I’ll post it at the bottom of the page.

3)  You know what day today is?* Saturday, but not TToT Live Saturday. TToT Live Saturday is only one week away!

4) Una and the Cows (see lead photo/video) (yes… this week, it would seem that we’re throwing out the rule book when it comes to where to place the video links!)

5)  How about an ambi-grateful Item for this week’s list? The 2 Mile Run?  love it! wouldn’t do without it… love the group  and hate it, it’s boring and repetitive (every morning, ‘cept Sundays!) and the Elapsed Time thing!! ayiiee up, down…. down a little,  ..way the hell back up again… if it weren’t for Kristi and Alex and Val, who, I know for a fact, are experiencing the same thing…well, maybe a few less mutters of ‘fricken running!!’  lol  but, the fact is, while most of you know what I mean about being ambi-grateful for the 2 Mile Run, my fellow  2 Milers know how I feel. (there’s that business of identification again!  such an amazing concept, no?)

6) shout out to the concept of the Wakefield Doctrine blog. By this I mean, the drive to write a blog on the principles, applications and appreciation of our little personality theory. I mention this because since the very first post I’ve gone through phases where I can’t write enough posts and, other times it’s like having dental work… admittedly necessary but certainly not enjoyable, even when the chair side assistant is totally hot. So lately I’ve been trying to find my ‘next take’ on the Doctrine. There’s an advantage to experience in this case, I’m not panicking and thinking ‘omg! I’m out of stuff to write…I’ll never write another post that people will want to read! when the hell is this thing gonna take off!! come on clark!! think of something!!’   well, maybe a little. But the simple fact of the matter is that I still enjoy writing and being read. (What’s genuinely discouraging and puzzling is my …capacity. no, wait, don’t laugh!  but the thing is, if I write a 2 Mile Run post first thing, (right after ‘running’ my 2 Miles)…. even though these posts are short and all… maybe 100 words… I some who then don’t feel like writing for the Doctrine.   (no, it’s not funny, zoe…. you and Dyanne can stop giggling).  My solution is: depending on when I wrote my last Doctrine post, I’ll hold off on writing the 2 Mile Run post until later in the day and simple focus on the Wakefield Doctrine. It is totally still enjoyable to hit publish at the start of the day. Then, no matter how bad my day my go, I can read the Comments and see the reactions of Readers. Worth the effort.

7) Hey!  Lets do a Poll!  We haven’t done one of those in a while!  And since the TToLive is only a week away, lets focus on the very basic Question:

8) I will be attending the TTohLive! next week if:

9) I will not be attending the TTohLive! next week because:

yeah, right!  like anyone who is able to, would miss out on this event!  el.oh.el.

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-the Wakefield Doctrine- (the) theory of personality types thats “unique, fun and useful” Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:14:15 +0000

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You know, I’ve been describing the Wakefield Doctrine in those terms since, like, the very first Post.  And it only just now, walking around the house, recovering from my 2 Mile Run, that it occurred to me that these three qualities/characteristics/values, correspond to our three personality types!  No, really, it hadn’t dawned on me today. I’m not surprised that it does, just that it is only just now connecting. Maybe it’s, in part, something Christine said in a comment, just the other day,

I imagine it would be difficult to write on the same topic for years. Coming up with ways to make it all interesting and with new info and all…
You must be doing something right, as so many of us are still sticking around!

(Astute Readers will note that I included her full comment, including the compliment, and find yourselves thinking, “My goodness! he’s certainly come a long way, what with printing the entire comment without apology or qualification.” …. “yes, I certainly concur, but he has included this imaginary conversation and so, he still manages to distance himself, wouldn’t you say?” …. “you two are both a couple of knuckelheads!!!”)

I am glad to discover that there is still more to understand and appreciate in the principles and application(s) of the Wakefield Doctrine.

Speaking of life!  There is still going to be a ‘TTohLive on June 27th at 10:30 am  (Live Event tagline:  “we happy few, we band of bloggers”)  There have been questions about the how, ( as well as the why, but for reasons that still elude me), the Event will occur. It’ll be live through ‘google hangouts’.
This is an app that you’ll need to download. On the day of the Live Event, I’ll post on the Facebook. the link to the event, click on it and viola! You’ll be live and standing around the virtual meeting room, thinking things like, ‘oh look! there’s zoe! where’s skip?? or “Isn’t that Christine? … no! you go up and say something”  “why is that guy in black and white? what is this Pleasantville?”  “look!! it’s Lizzi!  hey!! Lizzi!!”

More to follow in the lead up week. The google hangouts is the live video app that Lizzi and Michelle (and then zoe and Denise) started using early on with our Friday vidchats… it’s like the Brady Bunch, only horizontal.

So, to close out on an instructionistic note.

  • clarks (Outsiders) think… and because they do they are creative to a fault, funny if you can hear them and will be there, even when you don’t see them
  • scotts (Predators) act… and because they do they are the life of the party (even if it means doing the things that get the cops to be necessary, but are almost always the reason people will say, ‘did you hear what happened? I wish I had been there!’
  • rogers (Herd Members) feel… emotion is a funny and usually under-appreciated thing, to invest emotion in a belief is one thing, to have (a) belief provide the emotion (and motivation, encouragement and rewards all in one) that’s something else entirely

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Monday Morning Post -the Wakefield Doctrine- it’s not that difficult, just start with, “…suppose everyone we know is an Outsider, a Predator or a Herd Member?” Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:13:34 +0000

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Back in the first couple of years of this blog, when I found myself with no ideas, insights or themes on which to base a Post, I’d say to myself, ‘hey! propose something extreme or controversial and then, just write your way out of it.’

With the increase of the number of people well-versed in the Wakefield Doctrine, that ambition, (to shock or titillate the Readers), is not so easy. No matter what I might say, the basis of the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers remains the same, i.e. that we, all of us and everyone you know is either:

  1. an Outsider (similar in temperament to marmosets and (other) prehistoric proto-mamalians intent upon overthrowing the dynasty of the much more ferocious and aggressive and better-equipped-to-survive-and-flourish dinosaurs) or
  2. a Predator, (either a sleek and sexy lion/tigeress/wolves …or that kid with all D’s and F’s on his report card but a combined SAT score north of 1500 which, somehow, is not convincing him not to sign up for voc-ed courses like Cars-are-Like-Girls-except-easier-to-understand 101 and Wood Shop without prosthetics… at least the female Predator spends her time practicing her hunting skills, since her competition, with the exception of the substitute French Teacher with the stiletto heels and the Mont Blanc fountain pen chip on his shoulder, is so out-classed as to be laughable) or,
  3. as the majority of the population will clearly be seen as Herd Members, these are the people who personify and manifest the collective conscious (both genuine and TV-commercial-based, which is the only explanation for how otherwise reasonably discerning and intelligent people can watch a commercial for a cleaning product demonstrating the superior qualities of a vacuum cleaner that weighs 132 lbs, has an attachment designed and placed to always catch on the operator’s pants pocket in a house that is surely 5,000 square feet of living space, a demographic that is comfortably situated between, ‘successful entrepreneur and lottery winner’. But, hey, you can identify with the millionaire athlete or the Victoria’s Secret model-thing, right?)

…enough of that! (Time to write my way out of this)…

personal reality: the way things feel to you in a given situation. (note: I did not say, ‘the way you feel in a situation’, this is something entirely different… this is about the job interview that you are afraid of going to, not because you won’t get the job, rather because you will be marked as ‘not good enough’ by people who you will never again meet in your entire life; it’s that girl you meet that says something that you’re sure no one understood and yet, you can’t bring yourself to express that to her….; it’s your one child you know is simply acting out appropriately for the age he is (the books and all your friends say it’s so), that somehow makes you mad that you can’t do anything to change things and spare with the inevitable unpleasantness

worldview(s): how you relate yourself to the world around you today (note: I did not say, ‘how you relate to the world around you, this is something entirely different… this about how you can’t just sit still, because….well….because you can’t!!; this is about knowing that you’re not really that bad or different or unlikable and people don’t seem to mind you, but every now and then you stop and think, ‘why can’t I just be a real person’

predominant worldview (aka ‘personality type):  we all grow up and develop our coping skills and life strategies in one of three personal realities. The way we act, what some would call our personality type, is simply the best way we could manage the world as it is (…for us):

  • as an Outsider (clark) we stay in the background, the better not to be picked on or disappoint those who seem to have such an interest in what we do, like our parents and family, spouse or children. We know that we must learn as many things as possible, as many different things as possible, simply because among these countless things of the world and in our life, may be the one thing that will allow is to learn how to be a real person
  • as a Predator (scott) we never stop moving, even when we’re asleep! Picture the puppy after a long day of chasing and playing…sure she’s asleep, but every now and then the legs move, sometimes the lip curls as the world continues to play in her mind… running and chasing prey and running and fleeing from other predators… it’s all good, because life is meant to be engaged in, not thought about
  • as the Herd Member (roger) life is good and sufficient… if only you can be as good and clearly reflecting the high standards that you imagine you know

OK off to work


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TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- “…dispose the Day.”* Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:07:07 +0000

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


1)  that I have a bloghop to be a (co)-host for/to, which conveys a certain sense of belonging and, at the same time, a responsibility to  participate each week

2)  … grateful for the..something about the TToT that makes it exceptional, especially the very basic yet often under-emphasized principle (of an exercise like a gratitude blog) that maintains that the primary, initial value is the act of engaging in the exercise…  it’s not just writing 10 items that would appear to demonstrate a thankful for  attitude towards (one’s) life… it is (for me), the fact of doing it anyway. (Something our esteemed Founder demonstrated even before this ‘hop got started more than 2 years ago

3)  hey!  new TToTeers!! have you heard about hypo-gratitude? (yeah, there is such a thing!)  There are times and there are things that may possess a quality that, while overall is a good thing, at the same time there is a feeling associated with it…. that you don’t feel so grateful for… ambivalence might be a better word to describe it…

4) 2 Mile Run   I am genuinely grateful that today is Saturday, ’cause we have tomorrow (Sunday) off!  We don’t have  to run on Sunday.

5) I would say ‘gratitude’ for my work… but this has been one of those weeks that the term hypo-gratitude was coined to describe.

6) BoSR/SBoR   Hey!!!  anyone new to the TToT out there?  ask about the Secret Book of Rules (aka Book of Secret Rules) it is simply one of the most fun thing about this here bloghop here… so ask already!

7) SGV  ( you might want to check in with Lizzi or zoe/ivy )

8) Hey!!!!! don’t forget  TToLive!!  June 27 2015  You will be one of the people who are there… (oh oh!  Feel a Kenneth Branagh  speech coming on….  TToT a ‘household word’ indeed, “…we happy few, we band of bloggers“)

…(update!  I realized that I should have included more information!  TToT will be Live on Saturday June 27 2015 starting 10:30 EDT and ending 11:30 EDT… further details available, i.e. dress code, menu, assigned topics etc  stay tuned!

Click here to view the embedded video.

9)  sweat; sweatiness; excess temperatue  I’m totally grateful for it.  (You know that old saying, ‘hot enough for ya?’… my answer is always, “Why no, it is not (yet) hot enough for me.”

10) * footnote for subtitle   I figured I better put the explanation here rather than at the bottom, because you will have just finished the vid clip and that phrase is, of course, one of the very last lines



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-the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘lets try that one more time!’ Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:17:51 +0000

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Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers) our backyard, fer cryin outloud

Topics for today:

  • the Wakefield Doctrine for the First Time Reader
  • for clarks (kinda more than the other two), ‘engaging the world’

First Time Reader?

Totally glad to see/infer/assume/hope that you’re here, ready to learn about the Wakefield Doctrine. I will say without hesitation or reservation that you, in your capacity as a New Reader, possessed of a certain curiosity, access to the internet and a little time, are the second most important thing to us here at this blog. From the beginning of this blog (but not the beginning of the Wakefield Doctrine) (or to be more precise, the beginning of the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers) the goal and ambition has been to write ‘the Perfect Wakefield Doctrine Post. The Perfect Wakefield Doctrine Post is one that a total stranger, here for the first time (remind you of anyone?), can read and understand this personality theory well enough to apply it to their own life and see and/or appreciate the fact that everyone around them is a clark or a scott or a roger. Further, and this is where the real benefits begin to show, this First Time Reader, by employing the perspective that is the Wakefield Doctrine, becomes able to see the world as the other person is experiencing it.

…because that is what the Wakefield Doctrine is for, to better understand how our world is experienced by the people in our lives.

…different day, different perspective (on this topic):

If you’ve always had this… feeling about new ideas, call it a permanent curiosity about the odd things, in an undeniably odd world, if, when someone does something unexpected, (and annoying and/or aggravating), you always think to yourself, ‘…really thought I knew them better than that, what did I miss?!’  then you’ve come to the right place.

The Wakefield Doctrine is a way to understand the behavior of the people in our lives. Depending on your interests, the Wakefield Doctrine works as:

  • a system of personality types (clarks, scotts and rogers),
  • an anecdotal personality theory ( developing coping strategies in response to growing up as ‘the Outsider’ or ‘a Predator’ or ‘the Herd Member’ )
  • or a metaphysics/’hey what if?’/framework for questions and assumptions

… but most of all, as today’s version of this Post (started yesterday) infers,  the Wakefield Doctrine is a perspective. It is not:

  • the Answer (to why you can’t get a date, lose some weight or get a promotion)….  wait a minute! I take that back… the Doctrine can help with those life challenges
  • the Right Way to live your life (the major religions sorta have that market tied up… unless all you’re interested in is learning to understand the people in your life better each day)
  • a way to stop feeling so…  different (oops… dropped the ball on this bullet-point-contrasting-list of qualities thing…. the Wakefield Doctrine is totally a way to (begin) to stop feeling so…alone)

Lets shorten this up. There is a new Reader out there feeling like she isn’t ‘getting’ this Doctrine thing the way that the others are… ok. Hey! New Reader? If you came back here more than twice…relax! you’re getting it. Don’t compare to the others, identify with them. This Doctrine can be useful, but mostly it’s fun. (“hey! did you see what they came up with for a Post photo yesterday?? that guy is fricken nuts!”  “…and then he, like out of nowhere said the meanest thing, you think that’s what they mean by a roger?”  “…she so crazy! make sure your insurance is up to date, the mace canister is not showing an Expiration Date…and go and have fun!”)

The 3 worldviews will coalesce with time. Not to worry, you’ll get it eventually. Actually, if you want something to worry about, worry about the very real fact that once you do start seeing the clarks, scotts and rogers in your world, you may not be able to not see the clarks, scotts and rogers in your world. That’s something to be concerned about!


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