"Transgender" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth gender. "Transracial" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth race.

Is there a term for someone who doesn't identify with their current age? For example, if someone is 50 years old, but feels a like they are 30?

Perhaps something like "Transaged"? Is there a generally accepted term for this?

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    Poe's Law. Aug 1, 2018 at 23:42
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    To use the words "doesn't identify with their current age" misleads. The nearest suggestions that the answerers have come up with relate to people who act in a way characteristic not of people their own age but of older people ("mature for their years", "young fogey") or younger ("young at heart"). Such people don't deny their true age or identify with another age. Nobody does. This does not parallel "transgender", which describes people who have changed their gender.
    – Rosie F
    Aug 2, 2018 at 13:47
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    Are you sure you want to go with transaged? After all, a hermit who goes up the mountain to meditate and experiences profound enlightenment could be said to have been transaged. :)
    – tchrist
    Aug 2, 2018 at 13:48
  • I don't much agree with those negative definitions. And age and those identifications are not related.
    – Lambie
    Aug 2, 2018 at 14:04

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No, Mature for their age and Young at heart are about the best you'll get.

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    "Mature for their age" refers to a characteristic. You wouldn't say to a friend, "He's feminine for his gender" in order to tell your friend that the person identifies as feminine. Aug 2, 2018 at 17:26
  • Gender consists of discrete values. Age is continuous. That's the difference. Aug 2, 2018 at 17:28
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    I would agree with you on that (though many people wouldn't); but either way, I don't see how that is related to the distinction between a characteristic and the way a person identifies Aug 2, 2018 at 17:34

maybe age dysphoria

Typical Presentation: 1. An enduring concept of self that is younger than one’s chronological age. 2. Intense dissatisfaction with adult characteristics 3. Persistent fantasies of being younger 4. Persistent role-playing (regression) as being younger than one’s chronological age.

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    So is that the medical term for what is popularly known as Peter Pan Syndrome? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puer_aeternus#Peter_Pan_syndrome
    – user221615
    Aug 2, 2018 at 3:26
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    Do you have any original content to contribute? Answers should consist mostly of original content, and use links and citations only to support those arguments.
    – tchrist
    Aug 2, 2018 at 13:51
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    @tchrist What? Link-only answers are bad, but he put the relevant excerpt here, which is good. Unless english.SE is way different than SO, this is a perfectly fine answer. Aug 2, 2018 at 20:58
  • @m69 PP is a pop variant. This answer is a subset of gender dysmorphias ... just now emerging with gender issues.
    – lbf
    Aug 2, 2018 at 21:07
  • @GregSchmit Please see this guidance from Stack Exchange management regarding Single word requests, crosswords, and the fight against mediocrity.
    – tchrist
    Aug 3, 2018 at 3:52

I think that “transaged” (sometimes hyphenated: “trans-aged”) is the perfect word to describe this since that’s the word I’m seeing used. It’s also perfectly clear to anyone who hasn’t heard it before, since it parallels “transgender”. For example it is used here:

But the president is stone-silent on the rights of the trans-aged: individuals whose age does not align with the date they were assigned at birth.
The Trans-Aged Deserve Equal Rights, Too

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    – tchrist
    Aug 3, 2018 at 0:53
  • Im not sure thats a good example. The Federalist is a highly conservative far right newspaper, and that article uses the term in a sarcastic, mocking tone. Aug 7, 2018 at 17:43

Another good one is "transchrono", which is used on Reddit, and blogs, though usually in a sarcastic way.

There is even a YouTube video explaining the term and the concept behind it (basically the same thing as transgender, but for age)

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    Does this term appear in any curated dictionary? To me is sounds like a fancy word for a time-traveller.
    – tchrist
    Aug 2, 2018 at 13:33
  • Sound pejorative.
    – aloisdg
    Aug 2, 2018 at 14:03

Late bloomer and early bloomer come to mind, though these seem focused more on accomplishments than on feelings.

Merriam-Webster says a late bloomer is:

: someone who becomes successful, attractive, etc., at a later time in life than other people

  • She was a late bloomer as a writer.

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