On the streets of any city, it is sometimes possible to meet men and women who differ quite sharply from generally accepted standards. It looks like beautiful girls or nice guys, but there is something in them that seems unnatural. And only after looking more closely, you can see the boy’s distinctly traced chest, and the girl has the adder's tongue.

Such people for some reason do not understand, fear, bypass. They are called transsexuals. Why are transsexuals like that and how can their atypical behavior be explained? Let's try to figure it out.

Transsexual - who is this? Transsexual and transvestite - is there any difference?

Who are these people?

From the point of view of medicine, a transsexual is a person with an internal imbalance of sex, desired and real. Simply put, born in a strange body for him, a man or a woman, he cannot and does not want to put up with the mistake of nature, the role he has been prepared for in life is unpleasant and brings constant discomfort.

Rejection of the natural sex causes depression, deteriorates mental health, and life in an alien body turns into a terrible nightmare. A transsexual is a person who usually sees only a few exits in this situation: to live in eternal suffering, driving thoughts of suicide, or to refuse the given nature of sex.

You can completely refuse only after a complex, long, expensive sex change operation, which is life threatening. And not everyone can afford medical intervention even for the sake of finding harmony of body and soul.

A person who was able to complete a full course of operations and activities related to gender reassignment is absolutely no different from other people. But those to whom all this is not available for any reason, in many ways refuse to live in a hated body. This is expressed in the change of both the appearance and the circle of communication, lifestyle.

What are the causes of transsexuality?

Most often there are transgender boys, for girls such a phenomenon is less characteristic. Usually the cause of transsexuality are any social reasons, society is accustomed to rigidly associate social roles in life with gender. Deviations from generally accepted norms are condemned and reproved, sometimes it comes to elevating a person into outcast status.

It all begins with childhood, parents, school require certain actions, reinforcing them with phrases: "You're a girl (boy)." The result is an internal psychological conflict due to the inability to provide the expected behavior.

There is another opinion - the arguments of some scientists who believe that a transsexual is a person with a biological defect. In such people, the structure of some separate parts of the brain is uncharacteristic for the average person.

Sexual orientation

Many people mistakenly believe that a transsexual is a gay man. But it is not. Such people may be heterosexual, and homosexual, and bisexual with respect to their desired, rather than natural, sex.

Transvestite and transsexual - the same thing?

These two concepts are significantly different from each other, although society often confuses them with each other. Transvestites have only a tendency to dress up in the clothes of the opposite sex. For them, dressing up is just a game that raises the level of adrenaline and provokes a surge of positive emotions.

Beyond weaknesses, transvestites are ordinary people who lead a normal, from the point of view of society, life and do not experience any moral suffering. They, unlike transsexuals, are satisfied with their gender and there is no desire to change it.


Not every person can boast that reality coincides with his desires. The eternal feeling of discomfort and imbalance is a tragedy for any person. And, despite the condemnation of society, transsexuals are only trying to achieve harmony and internal balance.

Transsexuals cannot be cured by psychotherapy or medication, they are not mentally ill people. The only way out for them is to transform into the opposite sex, but due to the inaccessibility of these changes, transsexuals have to build their lives and adapt themselves in this world by any means available to them.