January 1, 2018 -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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

‘Una and Phyllis sitting on the bridge at the pond on a single-digit temperature afternoon.’
(landscape orientation)
Three quarters of the photo is of winter-bare trees, background woods and a snow-covered bridge identifiable as such by the repeating divisions of the top surface, as the snow is so light and dry as to allow the gaps between each plank to show dark. Una and Phyllis are in the lower right quarter of the photo. Una is the triangular shaped fur-covered lifeform who appears to be smiling, if for no other reason than she has the quality of living in the moment. Phyllis is the blue, black and grey shape to Una’s left. Phyllis is smiling as she is practicing the way of life that permits such a response, despite the conditions of the external world at the moment.
I am behind the camera assuring both that ‘that’s a great shot! it’s a wrap’.

the Wakefield Doctrine is a perspective; inherent in all perspective is a new way of understanding.

the Wakefield Doctrine is a tool; (one definition) of a tool is, ‘an artifact created to enhance and multiply the intended effect of an effort’.

the Wakefield Doctrine is fun; fun has been defined as ‘the byproduct of relating ourselves to the world around us in a manner that meets the external demands of the world while leaving the opportunity to be creative‘.

Thanks and a big shout-out to Friend of the Doctrine, Cynthia for her ‘first of the year clarity statement’ Which simply means that, as a clark, she has captured the spirit shared by all clarks.

Two and an eighth clarks….*
Cynthia and Una and John.
Una is sitting in her chair at the head of the table. Cynthia is standing to Una’s right. John is on the left side of the table, mostly ‘out of frame’.
No one is looking at the camera.
of course

As per the above definition, the work in the Summer of the years past illustrates that one (circumstance’s) effort (and labor (and expenditure of energy)) is fun when those involved contribute (creativity includes assembly) to producing a thing of utility and value.

And so, in the time that unfolds into the next culturally arbitrary division of time aka the ‘New’ Year, we here at the Doctrine will take up our friends challenge to have an effect on the world by finding ways to become a more and better self.

(Clearly that admonition is hypo-grammatical both literally and figuratively.)

The third ‘definition’ of the Wakefield Doctrine above mentioned fun. It is. Fun. For example, from one of the earlier posts in the blog, a discussion of jobs.

All jobs, employment, occupations, avocations, professions, missions, crusades, escapades and ways that we chose to earn money fall into one of three categories:

Scientist, Salesman and Machine Operator.

  1. Scientist is (for our purposes) the one who wants, no, make that needs to discover the unknown and upon discovery wants to share it with others. clarks, it has been noted elsewhere are the creative one of the three, creative in the purest sense of the word.
  2. Salesman is the one who wants to change others, to get them to conform to his/her will.  A scott will get others to do things just because if she is the one directing others then no one is directing her.
  3. Machine Operator is a person who believes that the only tasks worth doing is the one with a defined set of variables, anything from engineer to accountant to musician.  Rogers tend to be the most excellent of musicians from a technical standpoint. (If you had a band comprised of a clark, a scott and a roger, the scott would be the ‘front man/woman’, the roger would play lead and the clark would play rhythm (but also be the main songwriter).

So get out there and look around.  What do you like to do for work or for fun? I guarantee that whatever it is, it will fit into one of these three jobs and more than likely it will correspond to whatever it is you are (clark or scott or roger).

 

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Tuesday -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘the truly user-friendly day of the week

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

There is a post (or two) somewhere in the archives that look at the ‘Days of the Week’ from the perspective of the Wakefield Doctrine and seek to identify the days that are ‘good days’ for people of each of the three personality types. Some are megaphone-obvious, like Saturday and scotts or Mondays and rogers or Tuesday and …everyone! But, especially clarks.

Why is that? Why does the sub-title use the slightly arrhythmic phrase ‘truly user-friendly’? Unfortunately the word ‘mild’, is nearly harmless, there’s absolutely nothing in what it implies that anyone could take issue with, “…and temperatures will be mild today.”  “Don’t worry, your child is exhibiting the normal signs of the flu which includes running a mild fever.” It does, at least on the surface, seem to be a complimentary assertion (of the character or quality of a person or a worldview).

So what’s wrong with ‘mild’? What would cause a blog writer to begin a post with an apologia?

I don’t know. Nothing I guess. Don’t give it a second thought. Sorry I brought it up.

(Interruption for a Wakefield Doctrine insight. You know how we have descriptions (metaphoric and otherwise) of the world as it is experienced by those of the three personality types?

  • scotts ranging across the savannah hungry and impatient, take a moment to play with young pack members or sleep in the shade with one eye half-open;
  • clarks standing in the shadows, moving carefully, watching and, like self-animated marionettes, encircle their arms, hugging empty space in practice embraces, seeing more detail in the actions and plans of the others, the shadow-light allowing a closer insight and
  • rogers moving through the day, across the world, in unison of spirit, competing with the other Members of the Herd, not for supremacy, rather for positioning and increased centrality to the others in their local part of life.

To further our insight into ‘the other two’ worldviews we strive to infer from the actions, reactions, distractions and attractions exhibited by the person we are trying to better understand. It would seem that I’m implying that there is something about the quality of ‘mildness’, as it exists in the reality of a clark, that they (the clarks) feel is nothing to be overly proud of. But I’m getting off track. Back to the post.)

So Tuesday is the Mildest Day of the Week. Sure. I get that. Monday is over, Friday is a lifetime away and Wednesday, (‘hump day’ to rogers, they love to have almost-clever labels in their world. Know someone who insists their car has a name? roger…. unless she’s a girl…and it’s her first car…. and even then, she won’t really mean it.  rogers will.  lol (Go ahead, put your ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about and besides…and this whole Doctrine things isn’t anything but…’ in a comment, please.)

Anyway.

I did want to get in one other concept that carries weight, especially in the worldview of clarks:  expectations and pre-expectations.

As we know from ‘the Everything Rule’, these two conditions exist for all three personality types. However, when considered in the context of clarks, they provide excellent illustrations of the unifying principle of the Doctrine, which is: ‘we use the perspectives of the Wakefield Doctrine to allow us to better understand how we relate ourselves to the world around us.’

That’s all we have time for this morning. Be sure to write in your un-answered questions!

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TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- Sunday Edition!

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

‘Unlike Time, a dog always waits …’
  Landscape orientation
The scene depicts two things:
a) the endless struggle and temporary balance between opposites in Nature and
2) the innate serenity of dogs
First, the struggle (because this is being written by a native of Y Chromia (lol)

You know how I (often) do this thing, write about how weird we are here at the Doctrine, at the start of some posts? Well, today I’m feeling more, ‘the Wakefield Doctrine is so useful a tool for self-improving oneself that, rather than footnote a disclaimer to the effect of ‘please bear with us, we’re kinda weird’, I’ll express my feelings upfront.

Not so weird, this Wakefield Doctrine. Provided one enjoys alternate perspectives on the everyday world that we all inhabit. We used to refer to (this personal quality) as flexibility of intelligence. The willingness to entertain the notion that there is more than one reality available, if we are but willing to allow for a perspective that is different from our own. And that, if anything, is what the Wakefield Doctrine is: a(n) additional perspective on the world and the people around us. A tool for seeing the world as the other person (might) experience it.

Enough for the piles of words. This weekend we got hit with the ‘artsy stick’, big time! No! You laugh, wait till you wade through the following music vids, home vids and quotes from really cool people saying things I can only dream of coming up with myself.

1) Josie Two Shoes first! Hey! Lets all give a steady round of applause to she-who-opens-the-door-that-lets-us-into-the-asylum-but-does-not-lock-us-in. yeah!

 

1.1) “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” the very cool observation, attributed to Fred Nietzsche

 

Music you say? Heres an old Christmas classic:

2) Phyllis and Una

Phyllis and Una walking towards the tree house.

3-8) technology, free time on a Saturday morning, local climate, a lifetime of saving up scraps of interesting and the willingness to display the products of this celebration of a moment in time with friends. As exhibit A, I offer the following. (A total ‘damn’ out to anyone who, after watching these two short vids, thought…”Now lets trying watching the movie, ‘Wizard of Oz’ with the music playing…lol)

 

9) (photo to follow) enough with the artsy nature stuff… lets spend a few minutes with one of our favorite comedians, Jim Gaffigan

10) Secret Rule 1.3 (from the Book of Secret Rules, (aka the Secret Book of Rules) that states, in part: the completion of a List of Ten Things of Thankful constitutes an Item in and of itself, self-referencing as that might be. The Item, (frequently noted as, “Holy smoke! I’m done already! That was quick”) should, by tradition and convention, be placed in the penultimate position in the post.)

Click here.

 

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FTSF -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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

Our first dog, Ola.
(perfect illustration of the character of German Shepherds, ‘big smile, large teeth’)

 

We are participating in Kristi‘s bloghop, Finish the Sentence Friday. It is a simple enough premise; all (who would participate) are provided an incomplete sentence and are invited to make it whole. And in doing so, reveal our inner most thoughts and feelings about life and such. No, just kidding about that last part. (Not really. There is much to the view that writing ‘fiction’ is, at its core, always autobiographical, have but we the wit and imagination to connect very pale and far-flung dots. But that’s for another post.)

Oh, yeah, one thing before we start. From what I gather the word wish is valid as a noun and a verb. I surely concur with the other writers in the meaning, implication, inference and consequences of the word ‘wish’ as a noun. Not that I’ve read any posts yet. Were I do so I would surely push the keyboard away and be content with reading feelings and thoughts expressed with maturity and eloquence. But! since I haven’t… I will say that, when I consider the word ‘wish’ as a verb, I find a door I forgot was there.

 

This week’s sentence is perhaps one of the most open-ended of sentence fragments. I suppose I’d best start things off and, once the process is started, everything will come together;

I wish…

…no! wait! that wasn’t my sentence.”

Thank you, thank you very much.

(Who doesn’t wish for the kind of talent and skill with words to be capable of writing something as inspired as the apocryphal* Hemingway six word novel, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”)

However, brevity being the soul of wit and Friday being …well, Friday. I will finish the sentence thusly.

“…that I’d the opportunity to understand earlier that a wish is a child’s pleasure and an old man’s remorse. It is hope without faith.”

ok! thank you Kristi! my! thats an up-lifting FTSF post!

lol… I will add that I am grateful for the opportunity to have had the experiences that allowed me to replace the verb ‘wish’ with ‘hope’. It makes all the difference in the world. Hope, combined with faith (lowercase very much deliberate), is all that I need to keep to the path that is best for me.

Not that I need reminding (’cause of the faith element, right?) however, I need only remember my first encounter with the concept of ‘Three Wishes’**. As childhood lessons go, it’s surely as fundamental a learning experience as counting and Santa Claus….( no, wait, counting has a practical value.)

In any event, I was a clever child (aka underachiever) and when ‘my turn’ came to tell my contemporaries what I would do with Three Wishes, my reply was, “My first wish would be to wish for all the wishes I wanted and they’d all come true.”  Seeing the look of admiration of the faces (of those who would remain friends) and incomprehension on (those who would not), I twisted the thread within in a way that has taken most of a lifetime to un-twist.

Not that that’s a bad thing. I am, after all, typing this post in a comfortable home with a family and satisfying work. And …and! I’m at the end of the time allotted to spray-painting my psyche on the walls of our virtual town. So I will say, my wish is for you (collectively) and Kristi (directly, because….) to experience the most joyful and beneficial of holidays

 

* apparently there’s question as to who should be credited,

** you don’t want me to get on the tangent of the role and function of fairy tales as indoctrination of the very young… I mean, seriously. What is the point of allowing a child to believe in jinn or fairy godmothers or…or monkey’s paws1

1)  the cautionary tale bookend to the lessons of myths and fairy tales…ayiee

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Tuesday -the Wakefield Doctrine-‘the Everything Rule’

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

The ‘Everything Rule’ states that, ‘everyone does everything, at one time or another’.

While it might be tempting to think, “oh ho! Your rule there allows for exceptions to your three personality types schema. And, unless the Herd disagrees, your Rule supports my contention that I am not a clark or a scott or a roger, I am something that is all three. So much for your ‘live in one characteristic reality’.”

The Wakefield Doctrine maintains that despite living in only one of the three worldviews, we retain the potential of all three personality types. The value in the Doctrine in the arena of self-improvement rests quite solidly on this premise. The reason being, a lifetime of practice notwithstanding, we all have the necessary ‘range of response’ (to the world and the people around us) that is at the foundation of the three personality types.

The thing is, when we talk about personality types here, what we really are referring to is our (individual) efforts to develop strategies and skills to successfully navigate the world (physical and social) we find ourselves waking up to every morning.

Damn! too many words. Too roundabout and vague. Better access my scottian aspect.

We all need to interact with the world and the people around us. At a very early age we discover (and develop) ways of behaving that secure us what we desire and learn (and refine) strategies that help us avoid what we do not. As we mature, our world expands, our knowledge and abilities grow and our behavior and interpersonal strategies become more sophisticated. Up to a point. Most of the time.

Bottom line is that for the Wakefield Doctrine, ‘personality type’ is not a list or schedule of traits, impulses, desires and guesses on a long survey with multiple choice answers. It is the style of interaction what works for us in the world, as we experience it. The nature and character of the personal reality in which we grow and mature, drives the development and our ‘personality types’ are merely mirrors of the conditions of that reality.

If we grow up in the personal reality of the Predator, then we damn well better be quick to respond and slow to reflect. If we find ourselves in the world of the Outsider then we surely will learn to keep a low profile and learn as much as possible as fast as possible, the better to understand how to act like the real people that surround us.

Pretty simply, isn’t it?

So, back to the ‘Everything Rule’. It’s not that there are scottian jobs or rogerian interests or movies that only a clark would watch. Actually there are…all three. But although some (of ‘the Everything’) is more in sync, harmony, complimentary (and complementary) to individuals of each of the three types, the fact is, everyone does everything. The very useful and productive use of the ‘Everything Rule’ is as a reminder to take advantage of the perspective that the Doctrine makes available.

We use the term ‘manifest’, i.e. how does that job manifest to that person. This is nothing less than trying to see the world as the other person is experiencing it. Huge ambition. Incredible rewards.

It’s not, ‘seeing through the eyes of another‘, that’s too prone to seeing what we’re experiencing. What this exercise entails is to imagine what being a…. cook in a restaurant is in the world of the Herd Member, or working as a physician when you’re a Predator or being on stage in front of the entire school when you grew up an Outsider. Put yourself in their world and you will have a sense of how things manifest for that person.

Sure, most cops are scotts. Well, duh, the job description: put shiny metal objects on your body, have the right to drive as fast as possible while making a lot of noise, chase people with impunity and when you catch them put them in restraints…oh yeah, shoot off a gun …whenever.

Sound like any personality type you know? However, there are rogers and clarks who end up in uniform, one of the boys (or girls) in blue. Of course, their worlds, their personal realities cast the fun parts of the job in entirely different light. As a result, the rogerian police officer ends up being an administrator and Chief or Sergeant and the clark tries for Detective and ends up teaching Law Enforcement in the local Community College.

You get the idea.

If you have any questions about the ‘Everything Rule’ be sure to write a Comment.

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