The Wakefield Doctrine is based on the premise that behavior is a response to perception. Within individuals, these behaviors tend to repeat themselves over time, and with repetition become a defining and characteristic type of behavior, in other words, personality.
The Wakefield Doctrine proposes to describe personality on the basis of perception rather than the behavior that results (from perception).
The three characteristic ways to perceive the world are identified as: clarks, scotts and rogers. It is a given that we all start our lives with the potential to perceive the world as any of the three. However at some point in our early, early childhood we become predominantly a clark, a scott or a roger. Our ‘preferred bias’ in how we percieve the world at large becomes established.
We become clarks, scotts or rogers.
We become clarks, scotts or rogers.
…clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel…
scott. (adj. scottian to have the qualities of a scott; pronunciation: scoe-shun).
The ‘premise of identity’ for a scott is that of predator/hunter, the world consists of those who appear either as clearly weaker and inferior or equal and therefore require challenging. There is a (self-awareness) of being physically capable, perhaps even superior.
The ‘perceptual bias’ exhibited is that the world is a dangerous place, but it contains all that he needs. It is just a matter of learning the ways of those around him. Filled with strangers who appear to enjoy the company of others like themselves. To a scott the world is simple but interesting, challenging but ultimately satisfying.
(This is an insert of information dated 11/02/09) Scotts love to travel. They are, finances permitting, the tourist. But they are more than tourists, they are on the ‘hunt’. So when you see a scottian tourist, it will be in the context of the ‘local color’. With their naturally extroverted ways, they will get the indigenous folks to welcome him into their culture. Yum, yum! Because it is all about being a predator. Predators do not settle down into one particular location. Territories (for a scott) may be defined, but it is defined relative to the neighboring predators, the other scotts.
In keeping with this wide-ranging worldview, scotts do not have an overly strong nest building drive. They live comfortably, but the physical ‘home’ is of relatively little importance. Be it a mansion or a boat in dry dock, the home of scott is simply shelter. Unless it is part of the scotts, expression, of course. For example a scottian business man who must show the outward signs of success will have the appropriately elaborate domicile. But that is for a secondary purpose. On the most basic level, scotts live to hunt. Where they sleep is not the most important thing.
That ‘reality is perception’ is as non-scottian a concept as there is; scotts are the ultimate realists.
Scotts live to act and act to live.
While there is certainly a subjective side to scotts, they inhabit a world of stimulus-response. In the sense that by nature they will go into the world, satisfy their need (whatever that may be) through direct action. Scotts do not need companions to tell her what to do.
It has been said of scotts: “I scream, therefore I am”
Since the (final format) has not put in an appearance yet, lets get all Readers Digest on this thing.
- scotts are leaders (because they are certain, not necessarily right, but certain).
- scotts are self-confident/self-assured/certain (which is why, of course, they are the leaders)
- scotts are emotional in a way different from rogers, it is for the moment emotion, not much grudge holding
- in a band it is always a scott who is the ‘front man’, (see leader above)
- at a party scotts will not hesitate to introduce themselves (to everyone)
- for the most part, when confronted with a threat or other fear-generating situation, a scott will choose to attack rather than flee
- scottian females can be ridiculously sexy or quick witted, hardly ever both.
- (female) scotts can be spotted because they have prominent throat tendons (ask us why)
One of the most useful metaphors in the Wakefield Doctrine is: grouping (when you have more than one of each type, what do the characteristics tell us about the individual?)
a group of scotts is a pack
(For our purposes) The nature of a pack is a common purpose for shared benefit and (an internal) hierarchy of members. This hierarchy is relatively simple, a ranking of members as dominant and submissive. There is always an alpha.
The purpose for gathering in packs tells us volumes about the nature of scotts.
The pack is formed because the world is hostile and there is prey and there are predators. (In fact, the pack is comprised of predators.)
The pack will function as a group only for relatively narrowly defined goals/purposes. Securing food and defending territory.
(Back to the world that scotts perceive): In any social environment, be it a social gathering, or a workplace, anywhere there is a group of people, a scott will all make establishing their ranking their first order of business.)
The scottian individual will, (upon entering this social environment), push everyone on the shoulder (figuratively or literally). They do this to elicit a reaction/response and thereby allowing (the scott) to establish ranking. Does the other person push back or not. (If they do not, they are prey), (if they do push back, then ranking in the pack order must be determined.)
Scotts will ‘work the room’, never staying in one group for too long. At the same time being quite aware of the other scotts in the room.
This behavior is perceived as being a very social person. Scotts are the life of the party; but their actual purpose is to find the other scotts and establish ranking and therefore territory and then find the food (read rogers ).
It has been reported by scotts, that this (working the room) is an absolutely necessary act.
The worst thing (for a scott) is to be in a circumstance/social setting and not know where they stand, relative to the rest of the environment. That is the first priority of the scott.
So, the life of the party, the scott, is not being entertaining because he likes you or your dress, he is establishing where the other scotts are, who is dominant and where the easiest eats are.
(Enough of the easy stuff.)
How do you know when you encounter a scott?
The eyes. Scotts can be spotted by the eyes as easily as you can spot a clark (from their posture.)