Guys: do you ever get erections when you are not aroused?

Not counting morning wood. Maybe when you are happy or scared. Just wondered. Do ya?
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  • Honestly, your question betrays a mild ignorance of male thinking and physiology. See, even though we're not always mentally aroused, we're ALWAYS on the cusp of becoming mentally aroused. By this I mean that I'm not thinking about sex when I'm doing homework, but when a gal sits across from me in a tiny summer dress and starts to fidget for my benefit, it is no great leap to become so. An erection, excluding morning wood, is merely a stark representation of that arousal.

    Now very occasionally the penis will simply become erect as a means of 'keeping things fresh', for lack of a better way of putting it -- but it's not difficult to get rid of and doesn't present the danger that it did in Middle or even High School. I make these statements because there is a distinct difference in male and female arousal; a woman can find a male desirable but not be "in the mood", whereas with rare exception a man is almost always in the mood even if he does not have an erection. In this way we're sort of like fat people who are always hunger, but our stomach only starts growling when we smell food.

    As I previously referenced, in early adolescence (Middle/High School primarily) erections happen often. Really often. And they can sometimes be hard to get rid of. I remember sitting in class with a raging hard on as the end of class approaches, hoping it goes away before I have to stand up and walk out. Morning masturbation sometimes helped, but it still happened more than I liked. It's just part of going through puberty, your body is flowing with excess chemicals and everything is in high gear. When you're older (well, not you, but men) those chemical levels sort of even out. You gain greater (although not total) self control, and at times you can be aroused without an erection through sheer force of will.

  • You're question is off. Other than the test erections our bodies do during to night while we are asleep to make sure our equipment is functioning (morning wood), all other erections ARE a state of arousal.

    But if you're talking about the random, non-sexual ones, then those occur when I'm super relaxed like in a hot tub or getting a ready good, platonic massage. This is pretty standard for most guys.

    • how is my question off? It's a simple penis question. I don't have one, so I asked guys about it :-P

    • Your question was off slightly because you asked, "Do you ever get erections when you are aroused?" The only time a guy gets an erection when he is not aroused is in his sleep (morning wood). So if you exclude morning wood, which you did, guys never get erections when we are not aroused. All other times, a guy is aroused is some form or another. The unintentional erections, which is what I was assuming you meant, are explained in my answer.

    • *correction -- insert NOT between "ever" and "get"

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  • ha! if the wind blows the wrong way, they can get hard

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  • When you are going through puberty, it will usually happen from time to time. And of course, random boners are embarrassing, and always seem to happen at the worst time.

    But that's mostly a Jr High phenomenon that you quickly outgrow. Once you hit high school and beyond, your boners generally have a purpose.

  • I used to get them when I was younger but not so much any more. Some people call it a NARB (no apparent reason boner).

  • Not like when I was a teen, but yeah occasionally I'll get a random, un-aroused erection.

  • As a teenager that happened all the time. It doesn't happen for no reason anymore though.

  • Yes! it can get pretty irritating

  • not because we're happy or scared, but at random times yes, especially as a teenager :|

  • Randomly, many times. Whether I'm scared or happy or not.

  • I used to get them all the time when I was a teen for no apparent reason. I still get random ones sometimes, especially in the morning when I wake up.

  • I thought you types elections there for a moment. But then realized the nature of the question wasn't far off from what I thought.

    And yes I do. Although less lately.

  • yes..mental..visual..or random physical stimulation will do it

  • I was about to answer NO, when I remembered what happened to me while in school. There were a lot of involuntary organsms, which happened for no apparent reason. Without getting stimulated. Maybe while just walking around, accidentally rubbing your d*** mildly against your leg, or whatever! It used to be very embarassing.

    Once the teenage-years/early-20s male peaking is over, this doesn't happen, or hardly happens. Except in the mornings when you could wake up with an erection (probably caused by a filled bladder, rather than any sexually-spiced dreams).

    As for being HAPPY or SCARED, no it's nothing like that! Such emotions don't go with sexual feelings. NOT AT ALL. Being sexually aroused is quite a different feeling (and perhaps originates from some other part of the brain). You could be sad and still feel sexually charged; or feel happy and having nothing remotely sexual on your minds.