Last week we enjoyed getting to know a little more about our newest co-host, Kristi, who shall henceforth (and totally without her permission (sorry ’bout that)) be known as ‘K2’, because ‘Kristi who’s newer than old Kristi but older than old Kristi’ was way too much of a mouthful and sounded like something Terry Pratchett might’ve come up with.
This week, onto our sage, our paragon of thought, our coach, our guide and all round Y-Chromo type: Clark
I am the creator of the Wakefield Doctrine and the chief writer of the Wakefield Doctrine blog.
Where are you?
I was born in Oak Bluffs, MA (a small town on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the southern coast of Cape Cod), the majority of my life has been spent in southern New England.
Describe your family.
Phyllis (my wife), who is a roger with a secondary clarklike aspect and Una, a Chodsky pes (said to be the cursor breed of the German Shepherd, there are no breeders outside of the Czech Republic.) We are a pack of three.
Why do you blog?
To make the principles of the Wakefield Doctrine available to as wide an audience/Readership as is possible. I believe that the unique perspective that the Doctrine offers can be a beneficial thing in a person’s life. Plus it is fun. And I get to meet and interact with a range and variety of people that simply would not be possible any other way. Forget the obvious geographical hurdles, through writing Posts, reading Comments, replying to Comments I have come to know many people. The overall effect of this is my life is enhanced. (Plus we have Wakefield Doctrine tee shirts…wandering the earth leaving a wake of raised eyebrows!)
What do you like about the Ten Things of Thankful hop
As most people know, writing a blog can become an all-consuming in terms of the hours in our days. Although most of us are social (to varying degrees) and recognise that the best way to promote our blogs is by reading ‘other people’s blogs’, we all too often find that we just do not have the time. A bloghop, is a way to combine writing a Post and socializing with other blog writers. The TTofT has the genius touch of being a 2 day blog*, over the weekend. This is brilliant. The reason I say that is that it is common knowledge that ‘nothing happens in the blogosphere on the weekend’, which means that most people don’t publish new Posts on the weekend (they don’t want to waste new content if there is no one to read it).
As is often seen, common knowledge can be incorrect. There are plenty of writers and readers looking for something to read (or write) on weekends, but most of them do not have the courage that the founder, Considerer, had. From the very first weekend, there has been a very strong response, to this bloghop both from Readers and writers. Very cool.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in life?
Simply to continue to apply the principles of the Wakefield Doctrine in my life on a daily basis. The time-honoured practice of the inventor trying out the invention/cure for the dreaded disease on himself/herself before expecting others to do so, may be somewhat of a cliché, but it is the approach I have been chosen. Taking into account my personality before this effort began, nearly everything I do in connection with the Wakefield Doctrine is a huge challenge….a challenge that has been rewarding at every turn. From my perspective, it has been an unalloyed success from the very start.
Which people inspire you?
I immediately think of Ola, our first dog, in response to this question. (One of the definitions of the word ‘inspire’ is: “…to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on” )
Most of us think of the concept of being inspired, or gaining inspiration as something that causes us to act differently or to think differently or to know new things or have enhanced skill. I would suggest, after reading up on the Wakefield Doctrine (with particular attention to the characteristics of the clark personality type), that you consider ‘how a person relates themselves to the world around them’ as the evidence of inspiration. Ola was a source of inspiration in that she brought a new life out in a part of me (that the Doctrine would say was, ‘my rogerian aspect’) that was rather…under-utilized.
What achievement are you working towards?
It would make me totally smile to be somewhere and overhear a total stranger (passing by on the street or maybe on TV that is blasting out at the public as I pump my gas or buy my coffee, or perhaps sitting in an airline terminal), say something that derives from the Wakefield Doctrine ( “…he is such a roger’ or maybe someone admonishing a child or a friend, “…you know, you often make your life more difficult than it needs to be, you don’t always have be so much a clark”, or even, “yeah, we’ve been friends for a lifetime, I never get over how much energy he has or how often he embarrasses me…what a frickin scott”) How would you most like to inspire others?
To help people understand and use the Wakefield Doctrine as a tool, as an additional perspective, a way to look at a situation, at people, at themselves…in a way that allows them to better understand. As my answer to Question 7 alludes to, the Wakefield Doctrine is about “how people relate themselves to the world around them”
If by using the unique perspective that the Doctrine makes available, you can better understand the other person (or yourself!) then I will have been successful.
Tell me something utterly frivolous about you…
I get a pleasure from digging holes. A deep abiding, fundamental good feeling…not the extreme highs and lows of passion as occurs in love and sex, it’s more the feeling of satisfaction, as when as watching a child sleep after a long day…a feeling of rightness.
…I’m serious. It is also lesson in the incredible influence and power of a mother’s words to her child. I’ll tell the story in a Post sometime.
* most blog hops give an ‘open for contribution’ period of, like a week, but most people will focus on the first day and then move on to the next blog(Post) the next day
Clark, I can only appreciate the wonder of the Wakefield Doctrine. For anyone new to it, *do* go and check it out. It’s uncannily, eerily accurate, and easy (for some) to pick up, understand and play with for a while. The point is to best understand your own character, the different ways you respond to external stimuli (under the guise of a clark (thinker), roger (feel-er) or scott (act-er)) and maximise your ability to be analytical about your response in any given situation, thereby tailoring your behaviour to best fit.
See you on Saturday for Ten Things of Thankful