Clearly there is no shortage of personality type theories being thrown around. And while there is a wide range of these theories, from the most scientifically and meticulously researched and documented theories to the “hey, everybody is a good person and will have good fortune..” (think horoscopes people) there is one thing that they all have in common: the quest to explain the age-old question: “Why do people say and do the things they say and do?”
Since you’ve made it here (welcome!) then you no doubt have come across The Briggs-Myer camp who would have you believe that there are 16 personality types. And we can’t forget the Enneagram followers who are trying to figure which one out of the 9 types they are. There are a gazillion followers of the 2 theories. Why? I don’t have a frickin’ clue. (I’ll probably get an earful from them) I mean come on people… really?
The problem with those two theories is that they are based on observation and interpretation. In fact, those two words are the most significant shortcomings of most personality type theories. They are subjective. Hell, just the word interpretation should be a red flag.
Cue “perception!” Yep, that one word is the foundation of the Wakefield Doctrine. A theory of just 3 personality types which is a viable, easily understood (no psych classes needed) and applicable theory of personality types. The Wakefield Doctrine maintains that the characteristic perception of reality can be grouped into three distinct types called, for reasons stated elsewhere, clarks, scotts and rogers. Simply put, once you can see the world through the eyes of another, behavior becomes understandable. Even predictable. It will, in fact, give you the answers you’ve all been searching for. We know why people say and do the things they do and now you can too. Not only is it a beneficial and useful tool with which to understand human behavior, we even add fun to the mix! So stay tuned and stop by…