“The paradox is that when you accept me exactly as I am, I change.”
Sociologists define transgenders as people living an intense “discomfort” regarding their natural sex. They feel inadequate in the role assigned both by nature and society (male or female) and consider themselves as members of the opposite sex. Transsexuals wish to hide, to escape, to change their physical, sexual or behavioural characteristics of their natural gender and acquire the characteristics of the opposite sex. It is a wrong awarding of sexual identity. There are, therefore, women who feel like they are men and men who feel like they are women.
Biological explanations of transsexualism: Some researchers are trying to prove that transsexualism is caused by the human embryo exposure to a large amount of other sex hormones, hormones that cause brain changes and modifications. Thus, sexual identity is influenced by prenatal hormones secreted. However, practical studies made in this respect do not reveal an unusual number of hormones of the opposite sex in the body mature transsexuals. Only a very small number of subjects manifest such abnormalities. Transgender women who want to be men, however, present an endocrine disorder level (have a very high level of testosterone).
Psychological explanation of transsexualism: Another type of study, this time psychological and sociological, showed that transgender men who want to be women were influenced by how they were raised as children. The parents did not treat them as members of anatomical sex. It seems that the factors that influence transsexualism are: encouraging the adoption of specific behaviours or opposite sex outfits in childhood, maternal overprotection for boys and the lack of affection for girls, cool boys' relationship with their father and girls’ ones with their mother. Last but not least, lack of friends of the same sex in childhood (e.g.: a boy who only stand with girls begin to imitate their behaviour, and at one point he even enjoys it).
Why transsexuals seek for gender reassignment surgery: It seems that most transsexuals have a thing about the idea of homosexuality: they clearly consider themselves members of the opposite sex. And if a man believes he is a woman and he is having sex with another man, he can not be labelled as gay! Therefore, because most people equate anatomical sex and gender identity, sex change surgery may offer legitimately the perception of normality specific to sexual orientation. By this procedure and hormone treatments affecting physical appearance, the man is completely female (before being a woman only psychically) and the woman legitimately becomes... a male.
Transsexualism - mental illness? Some doctors consider transsexualism as a mental illness, considering that conviction of belonging to the opposite sex resulted from certain personality disorders. There are, indeed such examples too, that have been found to suffer from schizophrenia. Because of identity confusion, patients (particularly men) exhibited emotional disorders in this regard.
But these cases are very rare statistically.
Discomfort, criticism as well as accusations brought to transgender people make them show higher degrees of frustration (released through aggression or instigant behaviour).
Marginalization and the secret of their own existence, do not allow them to have a psychosocial satisfying and balanced life (though in some societies where transsexualism is allowed, they manifest themselves openly, they have important jobs, they are married and lead a normal life from all points of view).
In the eroticism, transsexuals find one of the most comfortable types of social integration, both sexually and professionally.