the Wakefield Doctrine

the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers

the Wakefield Doctrine (clarks and scotts and rogers, oh my!)

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With a basic understanding of the characteristics of each group (clarks, scotts 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: clarks, scotts 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 characteristic way of seeing the world that leads to characteristic behavior.

The Wakefield Doctrine describes personality on the basis of perception rather than a persons behavior that results.

We become clarks, scotts or rogers.

So take a look around this blog. Think of it like a puzzle*.

The content of the blog is beginning to accrue and accumulate. The most recent addition is a film clip that shows a roger and a scott in conflict. (All examples are exaggerated for illustration purposes, your experience of being a clark, scott or roger may vary.) 

There is also a new FAQ page. Still in early stages, but don’t hestitate to leave a comment/reply.

One of the most frequent comment/questions we get is: ‘I can see all the characteristics of all three types in myself (or another person), how do I decide which group I belong to?’   The easy, but less satisfying answer is, ‘everyone has the qualities of the three types, just one (type) tends to dominate’. (Ed. note: at the start it is easier to determine who are clarks, scott or rogers among those around you, rather than yourself.)

So for the impatient readers (yes, I mean you, scott); following is a quick, ‘down and dirty’ guide to identifying the clarks, scotts and rogers around you:

  • rogers use the pronoun “I” more than the other three
  • scotts use nicknames (particularly diminutives ‘clarkie’, ‘phillie’)
  • clarks maintain the least eye contact when talking to you
  • scotts are the ones who can tell a joke properly and will insist you listen and (usually picks a joke slightly over the edge of appropriate)
  • rogers will always have the news on what so-and-so said to such-and-such
  • clarks have a posture that is hunched at the shoulder and when seated will appear too relaxed, to the point of slumping in the chair
  • rogers are very usually the ‘middle management’ types who will convince the upper management that cubicles are the best way to arrange an office space
  • clarks…conversations…sentence fragments…






*(The answer is: clark (or) scott (or) roger.)



Written by clarkscottroger

August 14, 2009 at 6:56 am

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