The Internet supports the man for insisting that his friend’s father call him a “doctor”

man took to reddit The “Am I The A**hole” forum when he got into an argument with his friend’s father over the use of his professional title.

u reditor books / eee3564523 in office That he was asked to use the title Doctor when speaking with his friend’s father, at his request. However, after u/eee3564523 completed his Ph.D., his friend’s father told him that he should not be expected to use the professional title with him.

“Eta for insisting that my friend’s father call her a doctor?” It was a question asked by the Redditor, whose post has amassed over 7,500 interactions since it was posted on Monday.

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A man said he was at odds with his friend’s father over whether he would be called by his professional title. Here, a stock photo of two men at odds.
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according to Emily Post Institute, Inc., It is an organization that provides etiquette advice, and doctors, dentists, and other professionals are treated and presented by their titles, whether in a social or professional setting.

Persons who have obtained a Ph.D. or any other non-medical academic doctorate degree have the option to use Dr. “Both professionally and socially,” the organization said. “If you’re not sure how to address them, when meeting people with PhDs,” Dr. “Always right.”


In his message, u/eee3564523 said that after he met his friend’s father, a psychologist for the first time, he was asked to call him “Doctor XYZ”.

More than two years later, u/eee3564523 said he continued to use the professional title when speaking to him.

Redditor u/eee3564523 recently finished his Ph.D. He said that while he doesn’t put much into the professional titles, he said it was a “huge achievement”.

“When I met my friend’s family, I told everyone I finished my college degree and they all congratulated me, including my friend’s father who said ‘Congratulations, OP, but don’t expect me to start calling you a doctor,'”/eee3564523 he said.

He said he didn’t expect to hear that from him and asked him why he didn’t use the nickname after giving him the same “professional courtesy”.

u/eee3564523 said: “He who said ‘this is not the same’.”

He continued, saying he was confused and told his friend’s father that he did not understand how it was different and used his professional title when speaking to him as a courtesy.

The Redditor said he told his friend’s father he wouldn’t call him the address unless he called him the address.

u/eee3564523 said: “The argument kind of went in circles from there until I eventually said ‘whatever. I won’t answer you calling me by my first name anymore.” “And so he did for the rest of the night.”

This, in turn, sparked an argument between him and his friend.

“I feel I could have given him up, as I said I don’t care about my calling the doctor, but at the same time I feel his father’s behavior was complete bulls**,” said u/eee3564523, concluding his post.

Redditors’ reaction

Overwhelmingly, Reddit users sided with u/eee3564523.

“Keep Your Attitude OP” is a major comment that has garnered more than 10,000 votes read. “You are a doctor as much as he is.”

Another comment said that u/eee3564523’s boyfriend’s father might have an inferiority complex.

“His father may be academically literate, but his rudeness and lack of manners make him no better than a rock (no offense to rock),” the caption read.

One Redditor said the issue went beyond professional respect.

“It was a power play on his part,” they wrote. “He was trying to establish dominance.”

“If he gets a professional compliment in a casual setting, so do you,” said one Reddit user. “Hold on to it. I’m surprised your partner doesn’t see it.

NEWSWEEK u/eee3564523 has been reached for comment.

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