by Stephanie MolloyA new study finds that it’s not just a new person’s appearance that shapes how they think about themselves, but their own gender.
For the study, published in the journal Social Psychology Quarterly, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the University at Buffalo and the University College London recruited 622 undergraduate students and randomly assigned them to read a variety of articles on topics ranging from the importance of gender identity and gender expression to how to be confident in yourself and the ways in which you interact with people.
The participants then rated the articles on whether they felt confident or unsure about their gender, their perceived self-worth and the way they perceived themselves as a person.
The findings suggest that for some people, gender identity is simply an expression of their own identity, and not a sign of something inherent in their being.
The study found that women who perceived themselves to be women were more likely to believe that they were less confident, and women who saw themselves as men were more confident.
Gender identity is a social construct that is defined by the gender with which someone identifies.
It can be based on the body that they are born with, their appearance, the way that they express their emotions and the characteristics that make them feel good about themselves.
The study also found that the more men perceived themselves in a gender binary, the more they felt self-conscious about their appearance.
Women’s magazine Glamour, for example, suggested that women should focus on their physical appearance, rather than on their gender identity, as the most effective way to build confidence.
In the study authors said that gender identity can be shaped by many factors, including a person’s upbringing and experience, as well as their expectations of themselves.
Gender-specific experiences, they added, also play a role.
In general, the study found no difference between women and men in their perceptions of their gender and the self-image they perceive.
But the researchers also noted that men and women can have different gender identities, so the study may not apply to all genders equally.
For some people it may be helpful to be aware of their perceptions and feelings about their own bodies, as it can make it easier to feel comfortable with the idea of self-identifying as a man or a woman.
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