On a simple level, the thrill of possibly being seen or heard while otherwise sexually engaged increases the brain’s transmission of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that’s a close cousin to adrenaline and plays a big role in sexual excitement.
As psychologist Elaine Hatfield says, “Adrenaline makes the heart grow fonder.” And for those couples whose hearts are already deep in the throes of infatuation, exhibitionist behavior may simply be a byproduct of that all-consuming, can’t-keep-your-hands-off-each-other feeling, in which love is not only blind to the opinions of others, but also to their gaze.
Have you ever fooled around in the backseat of a taxi, or gotten it on at your parents’ house, or made out in an elevator or stairwell, or enjoyed some great sex amidst the great outdoors?
So what is it about being potentially caught in the act that’s such a turn-on?
His most audacious skits however, have been of the narcissistic kind.
In 2015, the President could be seen parading around the White House with a Go Pro camera and a selfie stick (see photo, above).
“To see if, can we detect narcissism from some of these selfies.We may be far from our teenage years (and even have kids of our own), but that doesn’t mean we’re not above acting like horny, hormone-addled teenagers when home for the holidays.With exhibitionism, there is also an underlying sense of power that comes from being observed - a power in knowing that we may be arousing the watcher(s).In their recent book on the Internet and sexual desire, authors Ogi Ogas, Ph. D., note that “one in four webcams on the free webcam network Chat Roulette are aimed at a penis.” This strong compulsion to experience power through the premise of arousing others would explain why guys like Anthony Weiner “sext” photos to women they’ve never even met.It’s not about specific sexual gratification, but more about a general feeling of power.
While you may enjoy drinking a fruity cocktail like Sex on the Beach, don’t take that as a suggestion to actually have sex on the beach, as one young couple recently did. It’s one thing not to be able to keep your hands off each other in public; it’s quite another when you can’t keep your genitals off each other.