clarks, scotts and rogers. What’s with the names of the 3 personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine?

With a basic understanding of the characteristics of each group (clarksscotts and rogers), anyone can understand everyone else!  You will know how those around you will  act in virtually any situation. Finally you can understand what has never made sense to you about the people you work with, live with and/or are friends with. The answer to the question, ‘Why on earth would you do that/say that/feel that way?’

The three  ways of perceiving the world are referred to as clarksscotts and rogers. We all begin life with the potential of all three types. At some point we become predominantly one.

The Wakefield Doctrine is based on the premise that  behavior is a response to  perception of the world. That we choose how to perceive the world means that we acquire a characteristic way of seeing the world which leads to characteristic behavior.

We become clarksscotts or rogers.

OK. Enough. Where the hell did these names come from? No type A, B and C. No 1, 2 or 3. Nope. Just clarks, scotts and rogers. (Jesus, if I have to type those names again….. )

So here’s the dirt. Frickin’ hysterical. You couldn’t make this shit up. But it’s absolutely, 100% true.

Once upon a time, in a land not very far from Clark’s house… there were three atypical college friends who engaged in many of the atypical activities of their day. They went to school; they played guitars at ear-splitting volumes in dorm rooms, and sneered derisively at those who objected; one drank too, too much; one not at all, but subsisted on Oreos and Coke. One became a Baptist with a capital ” B”. They played in rock bands, worked all sorts of jobs, one got married way too soon. They all wrestled with the Issues Of Their Day, with varying degrees of resolve and/or success.  And in spite of all the atypical ups and downs, they managed to form a very unique bond. And , to their surprise, the bond has lasted much longer than any one of them might have thought. Longer than some marriages, jobs, bands, or Baptist dogma. And after many hours of conversation about just about everything turned into years and decades of same, there came to be what was, and is now, referred to as … the Wakefield Doctrine.

Psychology and psychiatry texts  make constant reference to type A/B/C personalities and their interactions. We are somewhat along those same lines. For us, those references have evolved into our Wakefield Doctrine, which we have found to be much more palatable. To err may be human, but to create a categorization system that explains all of human behavior in a somewhat cryptic nutshell is absolutely divine. And, we have noticed along the way, a heck of a lot of fun. In an “improvisational academia” sort of way, we gleefully invent terms as we go along to describe conditions and situations that may not have existed previously. And yet, our system also works perfectly well when taken perfectly and totally seriously.

The basic premise is that there are three fundamental personality types; and much can be known and discovered about oneself ( and any other aspect of life ) by learning to identify your own basic type; how to identify the types of others; and then consider all the ramifications of the interactions. In short…this explains everything, but only from a point of view that holds human dynamics as the prime component. (from About the Wakefield Doctrine)

So there you have it. And what were the guys names? What??!! Whaddya mean you don’t know?? Oh, you’re just kidding (yeah right). All together now: clark, scott and roger! Very good.

Despite what may be a seemingly informal, unscientific reference to the 3 personality types that constitute the Wakefield Doctrine, the “system” is the same as any other personality type theory. You’ve got your 9 Eannegram Types (yes 9. count ’em) M.B.T.I.  (ok, how about 9 letters?) blah blah blah…

We here at the Doctrine find our categorizations more relatable, more palatable. Who wants to be refered to as a type FING (pun intended) when they can be a scott for example (the fun ones).

For our new readers I’ll give you a description of each type below. If you REALLY want to know the shit on each type I strongly recommend that you go directly to the Doctrine for a full explanation of each type  CLARKS   SCOTTS   ROGERS

clark is the person you have to make an effort to notice. In high school the clark is not clearly of one group or another. Not popular, not a jock, not a geek, not a hippie not one of those who seem to always be standing next to their cars in the student parking lot. In a workplace environment same thing happens, the clark is seen in any setting but is not a part of any of the normally identifiable groups. The thing about clarks is that they will be seen at one time or another in all of these groups! Not as a member, but apparently a part of whatever the particular situation is; clarks will be found in association with the ‘leader/alpha’ of whatever clique or social group. But only in a ‘situational’ sense, definitely not a member of that group.

scott is the person you can’t not notice. In high school the scott is the class clown or leading hoodlum or the captain of the sports team or the head cheerleader. The scott is popular, the entertainer, the joke teller. In a workplace environment they are also the leaders, but limited by the extent of organizational complexity, white collar or blue collar the scott will lead as a pack leader. Scotts are not good managers, they require a great deal of freedom and latitude. A scott might be a CEO or an owner, but only if it is ‘all his’. Truly an example of a ‘cult of personality’.

rogers are the masses. The people who make up the circle around a high school fight, the people who know what you did last weekend and tell the other people at the office. In a workplace environment rogers are the middle managers or that person in charge of supplies that has always been there and insists that they follow the rules (always refers to it as ‘I call this the bible’ lowercase).  Rogers are the members of the cheerleader’s squad, the football team. Rogers are the crowd, the mob, the congregation, anywhere there are people with a common interest, most of the members will be rogers. They form the social fabric in every society.

So, hopefully your curiosity is piqued. Look around the site, look around where ever you are and you will find them. Explore. Have fun.

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3 Responses to clarks, scotts and rogers. What’s with the names of the 3 personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine?

  1. ropcorn says:

    Great post! And really good explanations too. It sure gives you something to think about. :-)

  2. so whats not to like? it is simple and it is fun and as a total, damn bonus it is useful. Like molly says over at the Video Friday, she stays cause it works.
    So take a chance clarks! hey scotts, ‘sure you want exciting and you want it now…this will get you more of whatever the hell you think you are after’ and rogers? ‘ a crowd is starting to gather…get in early on this thing’

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