The Wakefield Doctrine is based on the premise that behavior is a response to perception. Within individuals, these behaviors tend to repeat themselves over time, and (with repetition) become a defining and characteristic type of behavior, in other words, personality.
The Wakefield Doctrine proposes to describe personality on the basis of perception rather than the behavior that results (from perception).
The three characteristic ways to perceive the world are identified as: clarks, scotts and rogers. It is a given that we all start our lives with the potential to perceive the world as any of the three. However, at some point in our early, early childhood we become predominantly a clark, a scott or a roger. Our ‘preferred bias’ in how we perceive the world at large becomes established.
We become clarks, scotts or rogers.
…clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel…
rogers (adv rogerian; pronunciation: ‘roe -jeer -riann’)
The ‘initial metaphor’ for a roger is that of any animal that naturally associates with it’s own kind in a ‘herd’. The primary characteristic derived from this metaphor is one of ‘belonging’, being a group member, similar in all important aspects to the others in the group (herd). ( In contrast to the clark personality type, a roger, especially when in the context of the herd, is never, ever an outsider.)
The secondary characteristic that is attributed to the rogerian personality type is that rogers experience the world as an ordered place, the nature of the world (to a roger) is that it is quantifiable, definable and predictable. To a roger the world is, basically good …provided, of course, the rules and guides and laws are expressed and all people conform to these rules.
This perception is paired with a drive (within the personality type) to impose order, through rules and laws on the world.
Of the three, rogers are the emotional ones, this emotion forms the ‘currency’ of their interactions with others, both inside and outside of the herd.
While clarks ‘gather by themselves’ and scotts organize ‘as a pack’, the characteristic grouping of rogers is the herd.
- rogers are the friendly ones, of the three personality types, the person you will mostly likely recall having a pleasant conversation with
- rogers are the warp ( or maybe the woof! lol) to whatever social fabric you might care to consider, be it civic, religious, scientific or other cultural expression
- rogers require rules and traditions, they are, in fact, the only ‘reason’ that human civilization has any continuity whatsoever
- rogers are behind the creation and perpetuation of, virtually all human institutions, religious, civic, political
- rogers do not create, they maintain, they assemble, they are the machine operators
- rogers are the engineers, accountants and physicians
- rogers are the judges, the firefighters and high school teachers (except for gym teachers)
- rogers believe in a quantifiable universe to such a depth that it is not separable
- when you are new to a neighborhood, rogers are the ones who come over to introduce themselves, and they will appear in a group ( herd),
To elaborate on the metaphoric characteristic of herds as it relates to the rogerian worldview, the core belief behind the use of the concept of the herd is that it (the herd) places the value of the group over the value of the individual. Herds do not have (for our purposes) an internal hierarchy and do not evidence a purpose beyond the maintenance of the group structure (certainly not to the benefit of individual members), other than survival. As a (metaphorical example) herds do not organize to attack an enemy or to catch/kill/trap food.
Rogers live to be with those who they perceive to be like themselves. rogers accept the existence of others (non-herd members), but do not concern themselves with any of the ideas or notions held by outsiders.
Having said that, without rogers there would be no civilization; they are the traditionalists, the conservatives (not necessarily in a political sense of the word), they maintain what was and codify what is, rogers organize and (having organized), will put all their efforts towards maintaining this order. When whoever it was that said, ‘the devil lives in the details’, they were seeing the world as a roger.
(Accountants and bankers, engineers and carpenters, doctors and cooks, computers programmers and musicians, followers and priests, lawyers and journalists.)
…They are all rogers.
A rogerian expression is an idiosyncratic statement made only by a roger, is incorrect but nonetheless very powerful. A rogerian expression is not simply an incorrect use of words, rather it is a deliberate use of the wrong words that results in a statement that somehow denies the listener the option to ignore it.. You know them when you hear them. There is a moment of disbelief, then you laugh and shake your head in admiration for the sentence that was made. Examples:
First recorded rogerian expression. When asked at dinner one night by his wife, Camille, if he wanted more mashed potatoes, Roger replied, ‘no thanks, I think I’ll surpass on that’
…looking at his paycheck, a roger was heard to say: ‘oh man! Look at how much they deducted for aggravated security’
…talking about a new DVD release for a movie: ‘no, I am going to wait until they release the un-abashed edition’
…about to talk to a client: ‘I know I have to give them the bad news with the good news, I just won’t baby-coat it’
(and the most recent recorded rogerian expression)…
…writing in a blog about how egotistical certain real estate agents tend to be an unknown roger wrote: ‘ I have to say that as a professional class, most agents are much too self-absorbent…”
As you can recognise a scott by their eyes and clarks by (their) hunched shoulders, you will know the roger by these rogerian expressions
Because their perception of the world as a measurable, quantifiable place, rogers are drawn to professions such as engineer, computer programmer, doctor, chemist, accountant. Most of the ‘engineering/hard science’ professions are the place you will find rogers.
This comprises the positive aspect of rogers, an ability to focus on details, minutiae. Rogers are the ones that will read and follow the instructions in the box. To the letter.
When a roger expresses the (characteristic) belief in the intrinsic value of Rules as they apply to people, they will be found in a vocation as priests, ministers and bureaucrats.
Any environment in which the rules are regarded as more important than the individual, you will find rogers, i.e. the military, organized religion, all government.