Monday -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘the pursuit of the Perfect Doctrine Post’

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It has long been my ambition to write the Perfect Wakefield Doctrine post. (One might argue about that adenoidial descriptor, it has always been my ambition, since the very first post, hell, before the very first post). In any event, I’ll give it a shot today, Monday.

The definition of perfection? A post that a total stranger, (to this blog or, for that matter, a person who has not come into contact with anyone who knows of this personalty theory), can read…once and apply it to their own life right then and there. They will look around and they will see the clarks and scotts and rogers.

 

As a personality theory, the Wakefield Doctrine is more the key a song is played in than it is the song. It is not a definition of a set of established behaviors, tendencies, drives and tropisms, rather it is a way of looking at (the) behaviors, tendencies, drives and tropisms that everyone you encounter today will exhibit. Including yourself. Unlike most of the personality theories that we all come into contact with, the Wakefield Doctrine is not concerned with establishing where, in a pre-established matrix of behavior, you fit best. The Wakefield Doctrine is not concerned with behavior. The Wakefield Doctrine is concerned with ‘how you relate yourself to the world around you’.

Quick set of assumptions and predicates: reality (the world around us) is, to a small, but certain extent, personal; we are, all of us, born with the capacity to experience the world around us in one of three characteristic ways: as an Outsider (clarks), as a Predator (scotts) or as a Herd Member (rogers); finally, although we all, (all of us), settle on, settle into one of the three worldviews, we never lose the capability to experience the world ‘as do the other two’.

Even though the Wakefield Doctrine is concern with relationships, it helps to have labels and definitions (provided that we do not ignore Korsybski’s famous statement, ‘the map is not the territory‘.

Hold on. Enough with the Wikipedia citations and the excessive use of semi-colons!

I think I’ll settle for a quiz that’s as close to a personality assessment as you’re going to encounter here at the Wakefield Doctrine):

  • When you woke up this morning, did you feel good/scared/confident that today would be a good day in ‘the world out there’? If that sounds at all reasonable, go stand over there… no, there are others already in that section of the gym, you’ll see them when you get there.
  • When you woke up this morning, did you get up? ok… amuse yourself while I deal with the last group of personality types. Sure, anywhere will be fine.
  • When you woke up this morning, (well, lets rephrase that to ‘when you transitioned from quiet concern to active concern), did you feel that although you might describe yourself as confident, you will swear in a court of law that the world makes sense if you just work hard enough at understanding it. If you don’t find that description of the start of the average day totally un-reasonable, don’t go anywhere… stay here in the middle of the crowd of participants

There you have it! The three personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine!

How do you know which you are?

Up at the top of the post, I wrote ‘how you relate yourself to the world around you’. That is how you know. Even at the Doctrine, where words are viewed as either those colored semi-candy things that you sprinkle on desert or, the yellow and black Cliff Notes that serve as badges of ‘success at any cost’ in school, sometimes we mean exactly what we say. When we say, ‘how you relate yourself to the world around you’, we do not mean, ‘how you relate to the world around you’. It is about you and your relationship to the world that the Doctrine is concerned. So read some posts, read some pages that describe the characteristics of the three worldviews. The perspective ( as an Outsider or as a Predator or as a Herd Member) through which the world is least blurry, that’s your predominant worldview, your ‘personality type’.

Congratulations! You’re a clark (or) a scott (or) a roger.

Lots more to tell you* stop by anytime!

*self-grading of attempt at the perfect Post: C+ … ok a B- (seeing how you’re a clark and clarks are nothing if they’re not willing to do most things to help the other person feel better).

 

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TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘a slightly binary approach.’

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A bunch of things this week. (It’s been an established goal* here at the Doctrine to try to develop a writing style that permits me to write a direct, organized and straightforward List of Ten Things of Thankosity**)

Being Saturday, this is my TToT  (The TToT, hosted by Josie, is, as most good things, simplicity itself; write a post with whatever may have occurred or been encountered in the previous week, (or when you were in the second grade) that sparked a feeling of gratitude. It’s not a bad use of words and sentences and grammar and such.)

For this week (I am grateful for):

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1) black with white dots
2) white with black dots

Weather:

3) sports coats
4) snow shovels

Work:

5) stress*** (‘Fear’s attractively dressed half-sister, who everyone wonders why you two can’t settle down with and make a go of it)
6) satisfaction with occasionally over-coming my natural disinclination to live in the here and now and act genuinely.

Home:

7) Una
8) Phyllis

Misc:

9)  Friends and correspondents here in the ‘sphere. It’s a remarkable place.
10) Hey! New ‘OT-teers! Totally grateful for reminding me of the essential spirit of this exercise.
Jo over at ‘Fallen Angel‘ last week did an Item that illustrates best what I think I mean. She mentioned someone dying, which is usually a not-so-good thing but at the same time, found within that event something that engenders gratitude. And the cool thing about this blog is that by reading her post, I could, to a small and minor degree, identify with her.
 Monster Martha, another of the newer voices here shares that directness and economy of expression that shows itself so very strong when writing Posts focusing on gratitude. This influx of new people and blogs is, imo, one of the reasons that this bloghop is still as lively and satisfying as it was when it first started.

 

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*  if not goal, then surely sub-text would designate the status of the ….ambition  there! that’s the word I should’ve gone for, ambition

** yeah, if’n I only managed to leave the duct tape and finger-painted vocabulary back at the Doctrine, I might get a simple ‘One through Ten’ list written.

*** technically, stress would be an item of hypogratitude, which is a valid, if not somewhat weird approach to compiling items for our list each week. It’s referenced in the BoSR/SBoR, I’ll try to get a more comprehensive definition of the term and the SR that covers it’s application in a list.

 

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Friday -the Wakefield Doctrine- “and then there were three”

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Why is a coffee mug like a writing desk?

no, I’m serious… Readers of the Wakefield Doctrine can easily imagine how good/pleased/(I’d say delighted but fear that would sound… I don’t know, a little X-Chromish) I felt when, upon Phyllis’ arrival home the other night and said, “Did you know there were packages on the porch. I think one is the clothes I ordered…”*

Well. I came up the stairs, a rectangle box that  was littered with slogans and icons of LL Bean in one hand, and in the other, a cube of styrofoam. Not exactly a cube, more of a decahedron of styrofoam. I looked for a return address and finding none, walked out (through the French doors in the dining area) to the deck and scanned the trees surrounding the house.

There was a cup inside the cube decahedron. And the cup is,  well you can see it above. It is a lot like the first mug and undeniably quite different.  Let me show you:

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…that’s how a mug is like a story.

Thank you, mug-fairy(s)**

(Best be careful in them trees, hear tell there’s some snow in the future for them of us in New England)

*  note: I always come into the house through the garage, which is sorta under the main living area and so will hardly ever notice parcels or packages on the front porch. I put a photo in the ‘cover photo’ for this post. You can kinda see the design in the photo

** no, I totally agree, not a major risk of that term gaining traction in the world of fun surprise anonymous gifts of coffee mugs that contain a secret story.

 

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Six Sentence Story -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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I love this painting. And, this being the Six Sentence Story, I thought, hey zoe will provide the word, let the photo provide me with ‘an atmosphere’.

Probably should provide a little backstory. I just finished writing ‘Almira’ and I’ve been giving thought to what to write next. Surely less that a full-novel, maybe a novella, you know, smaller, (with less than a year in time commitment). In any event, my second thought was, ‘damn, clark, you’d better hurry and learn more about writing’.

And so the Edward Hopper painting.

or something

This is zoe’s Six Sentence Story. A bloghop which invites all to take the week’s prompt word and write a story of six (and only and exactly) sentences. It really is fun and satisfying. Join us! This week the word is ‘Will’

Star let the night-dark shadows of the alley drape over her shoulders just enough to mute the natural extroversion of her long blonde hair, while still keeping the man and woman across the street in view, where they sat in a 2 am diorama, ‘Diner under yellow fluorescent lights’. She struggled with the necktie, over-coming her natural tendency to tie a playful bow instead of a small, hard, ‘none of your business, it’s been a long day’ knot. Cinching the belt into a newly punched hole, the extra length of leather stinking out like the tongue of an impudent child, she completed her change of clothes by forcing the last rebellious wave of gold up and into the sweat-stained fedora.

Hearing a sound behind her, the girl crouched down, “Ok, boy, you wait here, I’ve got a little business across the street to take care of and then I promise we will get something to eat.” In the canine tradition of cheerfully ignoring the ways and conventions of the humans they’d long ago adopted, his tail wagged side to side, which unlike a human, indicated wholehearted agreement and, without taking his eyes off the girl, backed into the shadows.

Star touched the brim of her hat and smiled at the bare leg protruding from the row of once shiny garbage cans, like the lower half of a semi-colon and said, “Thank you Mr. McLarty, I’d promise to return your clothes, but our stories will be more convincing if I don’t,” and she tucked a stiff parchment rectangle into the inside pocket of the suit coat, “Last Will and Testament’ protruding above the Brooks Brothers label and crossed the street on lily pads of street light and litter.

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Whosday -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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

 

How cool is this?

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There was a note:

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The answer: very cool.

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There is a person who not only is kind and generous, but also has that rare sense of the fun of giving gifts without attribution. This seems to be a quality, inherent in all of us (imo), that is enhanced by the virtuality of this place where we all meet and interact and do fun things (trying to avoid ending in a preposition, ya know). Surely this is an aspect about the virtual world that is an improvement on the ‘real’ world. I mean, think about it, to accomplish what our secret gift giver has accomplished, would require: all of us, (everyone reading this), to have binoculars and a secure position in one of the many pine trees that surround Phyllis and Una and my house, …maybe night vision, no, definitely night vision, ’cause I opened the ‘un-return address(ed)’ package last night… and might as well throw in some listening devices. And…and! enough solid upper branches in enough trees for everyone to watch the gift hit, because  then everyone could look around, (at tree top level), at everyone else and try to figure out who set the fun train careening down the track.

 

Thank you.

 

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