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I see you, but don't ask me how I'm doing

By: Adam P. Stern, MD, Contributor On the worst day of my life, I noticed how many times an hour Americans ask some version of “how’s it going?” without actually wanting to know the answer. It happens when we pass each other in the halls at work, at the park, in line at Starbucks. We ask when making small talk before getting down to business. …

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