In his report of me, psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Falci throughout referred to himself as “we.”
From Wikipedia: “The majestic plural (pluralis maiestatis in Latin, literally, ‘the plural of majesty’), is the use of a plural pronoun to refer to a single person holding a high office, such as a monarch, bishop, or pope. It is also called the royal pronoun, the royal ‘we’ or the Victorian ‘we’. The more general word for the use of we to refer to oneself is nosism. However the use as majestic plural (to denote the excellence, power, and dignity of the person who speaks or writes) is the most common one.
“It is commonly employed by a person of high office, such as a monarch, earl, or pope. It is also used in certain formal contexts by bishops and university rectors. William Longchamp is credited with its introduction to England in the late 12th century, following the practice of the papal chancery. Its first recorded use was in 1169 when King Henry II, hard pressed by his barons over the Investiture Controversy, assumed the common theory of ‘divine right of kings’, that the monarch acted conjointly with the deity. Hence, he used ‘we’, meaning ‘God and I…’.”
I think somebody in authority seriously should assess the mental functioning of Dr. Falci, who apparently believes that he is acting “conjointly with the deity.” I doubt that the deity would agree. If I, a patient, had referred to myself as “we” what would Falci have reported? What is applied to the patient should be equally applied to the doctor.
Professor Lewin, lately of the S.U. Law School, has endorsed me on LinkedIn for “creative writing.” Dr. Falci, twice, reported that I use clichés. Sheesh!