Transgender Insecurity VS Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is a common problem faced by the majority of transgender people. But what is gender dysphoria? Essentially, it is the feelings of discomfort and stress associated with the mismatch in biological attributes and gender identity of transgender people.

Gender dysphoria often manifests into a variety of dysphoria's associated with facial features, secondary sexual attributes, height, hair, and so on.

As a result, there is often ambiguity associated with the terms dysphoria and insecurities, so this article will take a closer look at the differences. 


Often, trans people express their displeasure with how they look. While you may chalk it up to insecurities, their discontent often emerges from their dysphoria.

In fact, many trans women have reported that when they use the term “unattractive” to think about themselves, it is often because they don’t think they look feminine.

Feeling masculine as a trans woman can result in all sorts of uncomfortable feelings and emotions and might manifest as negative statements about their appearances. Therefore, insecurities emerge from dysphoria in trans women. 


Often, dysphoria deteriorates in trans women if they believe that they are not passable- they do not have the physical attributes associated with cis people of their transitioned gender.

However, even in trans women who have completely transitioned to be passable, gender dysphoria is rampant. To a layperson, these problems may seem inseparable from insecurities. 


Dysphoria is a deep-seated issue that arises from people’s perceptions of how a specific gender must look. When trans people believe that they are falling short of these expectations, dysphoria is the outcome.

For trans women, this is often manifested as their desire to look more feminine- long hair, curvy figure, fuller breasts, small waist and so on.

Even when they manage to attain all that, they may still feel “masculine,” which encompasses gender dysphoria in trans people- it never completely goes away.    


Therefore, while it is easy to confuse dysphoria with insecurities, there is one primary difference- the former is always a result of the gender identity of the individual struggling with it.

When an individual complains about their nose being too big, it is because of their insecurities.

However, when a trans woman states that her nose is too big and makes her look masculine, her discomfort with her nose is because of her dysphoria- she believes that she is not living up to the beauty standards laid out for women.

As a result, in many cases, transitioning tends to mitigate dysphoria to a large extent. Moreover, when a trans woman is insecure about her “masculine” nose, the discomfort and stress is on the extreme end of the spectrum, and may even interfere with their daily functioning. 


Apart from facial feminization surgery, breast augmentation, bottom surgery, and HRT, therapy can also go a long way in decreasing symptoms of dysphoria.

Dysphoria is often characterized by feelings of inadequacy as a woman. The majority of their insecurities stem from being a trans woman.

Their self-esteem is affected based on their passability and their body image issues are often associated with not being feminine enough.

Therefore, in essence, when trans women experience dysphoria, it may seem like general insecurities, but they are much more intense and often related to their womanhood. 


We hope this article has helped you understand the differences between gender dysphoria and insecurities. If you are struggling with either of these, we highly recommend seeking professional help.     

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