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The Dyke Diagnostic Manual

In Love on July 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

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The Dyke Diagnostic Manual: A U-Haul Experience! This tongue-in-cheek book is absolutely hilarious! Read the first chapter for free at: – then buy it on Amazon or Kindle. Enjoy! | LinkedIn

The Dyke Diagnostic Manual: A U-Haul Experience! This tongue-in-cheek book is absolutely hilarious! Read the first chapter for free at: – then buy it on Amazon or Kindle. Enjoy! Deborah Cooper wrote: This is a fantastic book! It manages to be hysterically funny as well as being all too true. I am Co-President of Gaylesta, the LGBTQ Psychotherapy Association, and after reading it, I contacted Mickey about doing an event together to promote her book. We are working towards this happening in the fall. So happy to see it posted here! I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It should be required reading for every aspiring therapist who works with lesbians. Or is one.

 Amazing first chapter.I do agree with Mrs.Deborah Cooper totally.I would highly recommend to all my friends to read this book

Insert from this book:

” The Development of the Manual
Over the years, the author been a participant
observer of lesbian culture in two very different locations
in the United States; one a rural Midwestern college town
and the other a multicultural urban environment; a “gay
mecca.” Although there are some differences by
geography, she has been surprised to find many similarities
in the types of dysfunctions that dykes displayed in both
locations, and across many other differences such as age,
race, ethnicity, national origin, education, income level and
so on. These similarities suggest that many of these
disorders appear to represent universal (or at least U.S.)
dyke pathologies. The author used a highly scientific multimethod approach to gathering data for this manual. For
example, she has over 30 years of copious field notes with
details about the unique behaviors of lesbians collected in
such diverse locations as lesbian brunches, a widespread
lesbian social practice for building community, and dog
parks, a sub-cultural phenomenon representing lesbian
bonding with their canine friends.
Like the DSM, this classification system was built
via careful review of the dyke scholarly literature,
conducting original ethnographic research, designing and
carrying out experimental studies, running focus groups, and assembling expert panels. Funding for these studies
came from the Dycology Academy Collective through
years of vegan bake sales and begging for donations at
lesbian music festivals. Colleagues and readers of the first
version of the DDM, published in the Journal of Lesbian
Studies in 2010, suggested new categories and/or helped to
hone the existing diagnoses. The Dycology Academy
Collective hopes that future readers will continue to add to
these diagnostic categories for the benefit of lesbians
everywhere who only want stable and drama-free
relationships. Learning to identify these syndromes early on
may help lesbians to avoid some of the relationship
problems that stem from getting involved with an afflicted
dyke or inflicting one’s own pathologies on an
unsuspecting girlfriend. Those affected lesbians may
recognize themselves in these categories and seek help
before initiating another disastrous relationship. Lesbians,
as a whole, tend to be receptive to therapy (for one
exception, see DDM18b), so there is no stigma associated
with seeking the help of a professional or quasiprofessional who is familiar with these uniquely lesbian
conditions. On the other hand, counseling from a
heterosexual professional who is not versed in these
disorders may result in misdiagnoses with potentially
disastrous consequences. For example, heterosexual male
psychologists are ill prepared to deal with lesbian couples
that come to therapy for the purpose of improving their
relationships with their respective exes. Heterosexual
therapists are generally uneducated about dyke dynamics,
although metrosexual counselors are a somewhat more
knowledgeable. The metrosexual and the professional
counselor who watches at least one hour of television per
day may know about some of these conditions, such as the
U-Haul Syndrome (see DDM 7), but will be totally
unaware of more subtle lesbian disorders. Consumers need
to be warned to look for the lesbian seal of approval when
they seek a therapist. Better yet, they should look for a
copy of this book on the therapist’s shelf.This manual has several parts. The next section
outlines the history of dycology, a newly emerging
academic discipline dedicated to the study of lesbian
psychology. There are many cultural differences in how
women are raised and are taught to think of themselves, so
this book focuses on the U.S. experience and may not
generalize to dykes from other parts of the world.
Diagnostic systems are imperfect and are often based on
generalizations. In reality, every dyke is different and
unique. The author, for example, is biased by her own
socialization in youth as a white, working class, rural, stoic
Scandinavian from a country-music playing, gun rack on
the pickup truck, passive-aggressive, don’t ask, don’t tell
culture. As an adult, she lived in a slightly more diverse,
liberal community with a strong lesbian feminist leaning
subculture, and over the years, became a highly educated
academic, softball-playing, theory-spouting, multipleserial-monogamist soft butch dyke. She is now middleaged, if she lives to be 116 as she intends. This manual is
the product of her elder-dykehood wisdom years, but she
has not yet observed all subsets of the lesbian community
or witnessed every nuance of dyke drama. Keep this
disclaimer in mind as you read the manual.
The DDM has been designed to be helpful to many
different audiences, including lesbian therapists, lay
advisers, ordinary lesbians, and new immigrants to dyke
communities. Hopefully, this manual can serve as a useful
introduction to U.S. lesbian behavior for newcomers to the
states who need advice for overcoming the tremendous
culture shock of immigrating to a U.S. dyke community.
Think of it as the traveler’s guide to U.S. dyke culture,
including common language, customs, rituals, and food
preferences. It contains maps of the lesbian emotional
terrain, notes hazardous areas to avoid when visiting, and
suggests the off-the-beaten path must-see locations. For
example, everyone should witness a lesbian music or
cultural festival at least once in the lifetime to be a wellrounded human being. Similarly, no one can truly
understand dyke culture without viewing at least three really bad lesbian-made romance films. To protect the
author’s safety, these films will not be named. For readers
not born in the U.S., or new to the lesbian community, a
glossary of terms has been provided at the back of the
manual, as the idiom of dyke communities can be quite
perplexing to a newcomer.
Cautionary Note
There is one important similarity between the DSM
and the DDM. DSM diagnostic categories are based on the
premise that if the behavior does not cause significant
distress to the individual or her relationships, or affect her
ability to work and live independently, the behavior does
not represent pathology. The same concept applies here. Do
not send the author a threatening note about how “normal”
your behavior is, if you find yourself reflected in one of
these conditions. Also, remember not to shoot the
messenger if you see a disturbing truth about yourself in
this manual. This manual is not intended to judge, merely
to educate, and perhaps, to entertain.
Third Edition Revised (DDM III-R)
Mickey Eliason, PhDyk
Print ISBN: 978-0-9850986-8-1
E-book ISBN: 978-0-9850986-9-8
If you enjoyed this chapter, you may purchase the book on
Amazon and Kindle

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