Pet peeve #232

1 Jul

When I tell people I have a PhD in Philosophy they hear “Psychology.” It happens way too often, and it’s annoying.

7 Responses to “Pet peeve #232”

  1. anneth July 2, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Heh. I have a BA and a Masters in History, and am finishing my Ph.D. in the same, and yet the majority of people I know think my degrees are all in English. Even the aunt I’m closest to introduces me to others as working on a Ph.D. in English.
    After more than a decade, it’s become part of the landscape!

  2. ann1962 July 2, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    I think it is a matter of what people can wrap their heads around. A PhD in Philosophy is not understandable for most people. Psych is. So that becomes the default. Many people think if you have a PhD, with the title Dr., then you are a MD. S gets that all the time.
    Or they’re hard of hearing.

  3. neshaffer July 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    Sometimes, I just go with it, because i do have a BA and Masters in Psychology, but then that gets annoying too because people assume it’s clinical psychology and it’s not, it’s experimental.

  4. neshaffer July 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    Most people are just living in tiny little worlds.

  5. cactuswatcher July 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    I’ve got a degree in Psychology. Sometimes I find just that fact to be a little annoying. ;o)

  6. flux7 July 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm #


  7. neshaffer July 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    “I’ve got a degree in psychology, and I know why you did that.”
    We had a bunch of’em in grad school.

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