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July 9th, 2013


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08:43 am - "Dr."
I was thinking about my strong inclination to call people with PhDs or MDs "Doctor," even when I've been given permission to do otherwise. A psychiatrist at the hospital has told me "call me Mary," and a psychologist with whom I work says "call me Jim," but my first impulse is still to say "Dr. so-and-so". Exceptions are made for people I never knew by title in the first place, e.g. Scott Hickey Adam Wolfe Chris Gaspar or of course dad whom I call dad.
Maybe it's because I have special respect for them due to having briefly considered working toward a PhD but knowing that my academic work ethic was not up to the task. You can't write your dissertation the night before it's due.

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