Men are ‘Doctor’ but I’m called by my first name

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I would like your advice on how to respectfully correct individuals who insist on addressing me by my given name rather than my professional title, which is “Dr. Smith.”

Men are 'Doctor' but I'm called by my first name I was always taught to address adults respectfully by Mrs./Ms./Mr./Dr. and their last name, unless specifically invited to use their given name — a practice that I continue to this day. Yet, even though I never introduce myself using my given name in the professional environment, I frequently am addressed that way by the parents of prospective clients.

I also have noticed that my male colleagues are often referenced or introduced with their titles and last names, whereas the same people use given names for my female colleagues.

I am a licensed psychologist with a specialty in pediatric neuropsychology. I successfully completed three years of undergraduate studies, seven years of graduate school, a year of internship and two years of postdoctoral training and specialization prior to becoming licensed and starting my own private practice seven years ago.

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