posted on Jul, 10 2017 @ 04:48 PM
a reply to: knowledgehunter0986
Until Annee comes back, I can tell you what I have read about it. Yes, it's pretty common for a little boy to play with dolls and to wear his mom's
high heels around the house. That in and of itself doesn't mean much of anything. But you would be surprised at how young one can be and still have a
sense of boy and girl.
For example a boy who sees his sister Susie grow her hair long and wear it in a ponytail with a ribbon, may tell his mom he wants to grow his hair and
wear ribbons too. Mom might ask him why, and he may say "because I'm a girl too". He may also start demanding to wear the same clothes that Susie
wears for the same reason.
This still doesn't 100% guarantee that the boy has gender dysphoria- he may just be jealous of the attention sister Susie is getting with the dresses
and hair in ribbons, etc.
What therapists say to watch out for is persistent insistence over a long period of time. As the boy grows and starts to learn about anatomical
differences, he may lament the fact that he has the body parts of a boy, saying he is a girl and should have the body parts to match. He will insist
on changing his name to a girl's. He will insist on wearing girl clothes to school and everywhere else. In his mind, he IS a girl. A child with true
gender dysphoria will be consistent in this insistence for many years.