In article <MPG.email@example.com>, Kaba <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Ken Pledger wrote: > > As for the social situations, I doubt if it's possible to give a > > serious answer in a short time. My standard ploy is to grin and say, > > "Well, if everyone was good at it then I'd be out of a job." That's not > > true, of course, but it rescues people from feeling threatened (or > > disliking me). > > Hmm.. What do you people think, are people threatened when you say to > them that you are a researcher or a mathematician? > > I am a relatively new doctoral student and I personally could never have > imagined that to be the case. To me being a student reflects my interest > over things, not some educational merit. However, I sometimes wonder how > people actually feel about that. > > For example, when I started a grant on my doctoral studies last year, a > group of my friends started calling me a "doctor" everytime they > addressed me on freetime. I didn't find it funny at all, but I handled > it for some time as a bad joke. This continued for some time and didn't > look like it was going to stop, despite the discreet hints I gave that I > disliked it. Well, one day I finally got enough and told them to quit > doing that for real. They did. But I still wonder the actual motivation > to do that: you don't tell a bad joke multiple times, especially if the > target doesn't find it funny. Could their motivation been that they felt > threatened? Maybe..
Outside of technical circles, and since boyhood peers would spontaneously start calling me "doctor" or "professor." Since I did not put on airs and respected them, I took it as a sign of mutual respect.