Polyamory? All right, so what is "polyamory"?
The word "polyamory" is based on the Greek and Latin for "many loves" (literally, poly many + amore love). A polyamorous relationship is a romantic relationship that involves more than two people. You mean, like swinging? Not exactly. Swinging has a different focus. Oh, I gotcha. No. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. No. Poly, schmolly. No. Okay, okay, I understand. No, no, no. But if you love someone, you shouldn't want anyone else. That's a common idea, but it doesn't really hold up in practice.Many people believe that a person who has multiple loves can't give their "whole heart" to any person. Rules? Polyamory: The Practice of Jealousy Management. Jealousy Management for Love and Profitor, how to fix a broken refrigerator Note: This essay is adapted from a two-part entry that originally appeared in my online journal, the first part of which appears here and the second part of which appears here.
Both parts have generated significant commentary, which you can read in my journal. Additional commentary is welcome. Throughout the course of this essay, I use the metaphor of a broken refrigerator as a shorthand for a broken romantic relationship. The reason for this is a comment left in my online journal by one of the readers, which says: "Not to sound flippant, I am reminded of a Letterman joke he told on the Tonight Show (with Carson), about guys that can do anything, and how aggravating they can seem to regular folk: "You're serious? " This essay is an attempt to answer that question with respect to building a relationship without jealousy. 8 Essential Open Relationship Rules to Know … This is the 21st century, a time when cellphones and laptops rule the world.
A time when relationships aren't as conventional as they used to be. People are in open relationships, and although they're open, they're still RELATIONSHIPS and relationships have rules. The following are rules that will make your open relationship work, by keeping things open, but giving yourself boundaries, so things don't spiral too far out of control! Photo Credit: AXEHD In an open relationship your partner doesn't need all the gory details about your sex life with other people, but it is very important to make sure that they know when you are having relations with other people.
The Psychology of Relationships. PsyBlog The Psychology of Relationships In life there’s hardly anything as difficult as going it alone; having someone to lean on can make even the bitterest of life’s blows tolerable.
Research even suggests that relationships are as vital to our health as good nutrition and regular exercise, perhaps more so (see: health benefits of relationships). Human relationships have an incredible complexity and variety which psychologists have only just begun to fathom. The posts collected below examine some of the emerging aspects of research on the psychology of relationships. Starting new relationships Established relationships The end of the relationship? 2inShare Jeremy Dean Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog. Related articles: About the author Published: 3 February 2007 Text: © All rights reserved. Images: Creative Commons License. Openly Poly. Unknown knowns: Why did you choose to be monogamous? Many of us are familiar with Donald Rumsfeld's famous (and surprisingly useful) taxonomy of knowledge: There are known knowns.
These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. But this taxonomy (as originally described) omits an important fourth category: , the things we don't know that we know. By definition, we are each completely ignorant of our own unknown knowns. When I was eighteen I went on a date with a girl I'll call Emma, who conscientiously informed me that she already had two boyfriends: she was, she said, polyamorous . The chance to date a pretty girl, though, can be sufficient motivation for a great many things (as is also the case with pretty boys). I couldn't come up with any particularly compelling answers, so I called Emma up and we planned a second date. Non-consensual non-monogamy, the most popular alternative. 10902693.pdf (application/pdf Object) Managing Jealousy in Open Relationships.