Is that all it is? Just the dysphoria of having a wrong body? So you don't have a gender (or lose awareness of it) if your house is built right, or fixed up? I would like to believe that... but it's not how most people seem to describe it.
And some trans folks don't seem to experience body dysphoria at all...
I don't know if that's all it is. That's just how it is to me. Maybe it's something else entirely. But for me, yes, I do lose awareness of it if I'm not thinking about it in a physical context. Like kidney function, I don't notice it's even there until something happens to draw awareness to it, like kidney stones or something. It doesn't cease to exist, I just don't think about it. During meditation, for example, where bodily sensation isn't an issue, neither is gender. It's just fundamentally accepted that I am who I see in my mind's eye, rather than something I have to consciously work on creating, and that's utilized to explore other things. A vehicle for perception, I guess.
I see it as my mental self-image, a blueprint, on a sort of primal level, and that's pretty much all. Call it the Mind, the Psyche the Higher Self, I guess there are lots of different names for it. Masculine and feminine, to me, are different. More akin to the balance of energies, Yin and Yang if you like, which influence the way I express myself, or things I like, but aren't tied to gender. I believe that everyone has that same balance in them. And in some, one is more prominent than the other.
I don't see it as anything social because my mental self-image would stay the same in the total absence of other people. And, if I'm honest, it kind of puzzles me how interaction with others can do that. I mean if that were the case then would I feel the need to transition considering I've been seen as, and treated like a male for the vast majority of my life? I don't instinctively feel that way. So, to my way of thinking, being accepted as, seen as, and treated as a woman does no more to make me feel like one than the years of being subjected to the opposite made me feel like a man. It's something other than that, something internal. I guess social conditioning can change the way you express yourself, shift the balance of masculine and feminine, in the same way that reading style magazines can cause someone to change the interior decor of their houses. But that's not the same, at least to me.
That's largely why my philosophy in life has always been: Don't try to be a woman, don't try to be a man. Just be yourself. Because through your higher self, the core of your being.. inside you already know who you are, even if you don't know
that you know.
Others see it differently, and have come to different conclusions based on how they feel, and that's fine with me. I'm not trying to definitively categorise it or anything, just express how it's viewed through my eyes, in a way that enables me to make sense of things.