the Wakefield Doctrine

the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers

By these names you will know them…

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The saying ‘ a picture is worth a thousand words’  is appropriate at this point/on this Page. Notwithstanding all the descriptions and theories and characteristics, simply pointing out a famous person and saying ‘hey that is a roger‘ is the most useful tool available to us.1

The beauty part of the Wakefield Doctrine, is that we are talking about characteristic behavior, not inner motivation or drives or neuroses or anything subjective like that. Instead, we are saying, ‘look at their characteristic behavior’.

We say, ‘if you know how a person perceives the world you can understand (and even predict) their future behavior.’

Enough theory, bring out the performers!

Each example will have some helpful and instructive commentary of the ‘this is why they are a clark or scott or roger’  (and as an added bonus there are film clips.)





1 (A word of caution here), most of the people found behind the links above are performers of some sort. Actors, musicians, business people and, of course, politicians. What is important here is the behavior,  how they relate is something that we all  can observe directly. In the case of  actors as behavior examples, it is the character (created by the actor) that is useful. We are prepared to say that an actor is a roger (or a clark or a scott) because the roles that we all have seen them in is that of a roger (or a clark or a scott). There is a case to be made that when you see an actor in a role, the character and the actor are inseparable. In fact, there is a certain advantage to looking at actors.
Consider that what makes an ‘actor an actor’ is that persons ability/capacity to project their personalities. A way of exaggerating, yet remain true to the personality, but is ‘loud’ enough so that an observer can be aware. (This section is going to be critical but clearly needs work, in clarity of expression). When we look closely at actors and their roles we should benefit by demonstration of the behaviors that are clarklike, scottian or rogerian.

So, dont’ worry, when watching actors for illustration of scottian behavior or whatnot, about ‘inner motivation’ or whether the person  is ‘really a roger playing a clark’.
That does not  matter.
What does matter is that we have examples of behavior that we can all observe. So if I were to say, ‘take a look at the scene in ‘The Village’ where William Hurt is explaining why they did the whole isolate from the world thing, he is such a roger.  You can go look at the movie and see for yourself, the example of rogerian behavior that I am referencing.


Written by clarkscottroger

July 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm

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  1. How about cartoons:

    Rogers: Dudley Do-Rite, Bullwinkle
    Clarks: Rocky the squirrel
    Scotts: Natasha, Bugs Bunny

    ….and, oh, oh wait, I know …Demi Moore,


    August 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm

  2. TV shows: (Correct me if I’m wrong)

    3 Stooges – Moe (Scott), Curly (Roger)..not sure about Larry.
    Honeymooners – Ralph Kramden (Scott), Ed Norton (Roger)
    Dick Van Dyke show – Rob and Laura Petrie, Buddy Sorel, Mel Cooley (Rogers), Alan Brady (Scott)

    Sports coaches:

    Rick Pitino (Scott)
    Phil Jackson (Roger)


    August 26, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    • I definitely agree with the Dick Van Dyke show.

      How about Gilligan’s Island:
      The skipper, Gillian: Rogers
      The millionaire, Ginger: Scotts
      The professor, Maryann: CLarks


      August 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

  3. X-Files:
    Fox Mulder – clark
    Dana Scully – roger

    Sam – clark
    Sock – scott
    Ben – roger

    Ripley (Alien) – scott
    Annie (Field of Dreams) – roger
    Epiphany (Angel Heart) – clark
    Sarah Connor (Terminator) – clark

    I would like someone to comment on the film Collateral. In particular the character of Vincent. His overt behavior suggests he is a scott but I would argue that in fact he is a clark.
    I know all you rogers out there will say the ending sucked and should have been different (all rogers would end it the same way) but therein lies the clue. Sort of.
    So. We need 2, maybe 3 clips as proof here people. Find it.


    August 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

  4. From the Roger;
    What do you guys think of this list? Seems like a little polarization goes a long way…

    Good Scotts: George Patton, Amelia Earhart, Janis Joplin, William Wallace, St. Paul, Joan of Arc, Melissa Etheridge, Larry Bird, Teddy Roosevelt,Jeb Stuart
    Bad Scotts: Mussolini, Richard III, Henry VIII,Queen Elizabeth, George Custer, John Lennon, Cleopatra, Tiger Woods, Madonna
    Good Rogers: Obama, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson,JFK, Charles Stanley, Eric Clapton, Roger Williams
    Bad Rogers: Napoleon, Hitler, Manny Ramirez, Koby Bryant, Axel Rose, George McClellan
    Good Clarks: Lincoln, Colin Powell, George Washington, US Grant, King George III, Einstein, Charles Lindberg, Billy Graham, Emmylou Harris
    Bad Clarks ( these guys are almost invisible):Douglas MacArthur, Braxton Bragg, Robert Oppenheimer, Dick Cheney
    Assorted Misguided Fools ( mostly Rogers?)
    George W., Bill Clinton, Marc Antony, Robert Johnson,Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Burnside, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana

    You guys got a problem wit dat? So toss out a few of your own!


    August 29, 2009 at 11:08 pm

  5. Jeez goddamn, Roger.

    Double album there or what? We will take all and we will do what needs to be done.

    Never let it be said that a challenge from a roger goes un-met by the clark.

    Good rogers: Stephen King, the guy who did the voice over for the old Disney nature films, Neil Armstrong
    Bad, Bad rogers: Fred MacMurray, Willam Dafoe, Cassius (the roman, not the boxer)

    Good scotts: Little Richard, Dennis Hopper
    Bad, scary scotts: Caligula, Shamu pitchman

    Good clarks/bad clarks (they’re all the same): Harry Houdini, Joey Bishop, Capt Kangaroo, Cassius (the boxer)


    August 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm

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