What is and what is not polyamory?

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People express love in different ways, and any relationship has its own characteristics that distinguish them from others. Therefore, polyamory and the possibility of having a relationship with more than one person are becoming an increasingly exciting topic for discussion.

Despite the fact that many have heard the term "polyamory", not everyone understands the meaning of this word, or how exactly such relationships work. Polyamory, which is defined as love for more than one person, is often mistakenly considered as an open relationship - which is not always the case. In fact, polyamorous relationships are unique in that they consist of several loving partnerships.

What is polyamory?
Polyamorous relationships are a type of non-monogamous relationships that differ from standard ones in that they involve several people, not just two. Often such relationships are characterized by a primary couple who openly (and with mutual consent) interacts with other romantic partners. Also, these connections can be formed at the initiative of one person. Each polyamorous relationship is quite unique and pursues different goals. For some, it is an opportunity to have a romantic relationship with several people, while being in a permanent couple. For others, it is in several completely different relationships. The main feature of polyamory is that each participant is aware of the connections of his partner.

What is not polyamory?
Having many romantic partners does not mean having secret sexual freedom behind the back of your partner or partners. It is also not an indulgence for cheating or promiscuous sexual relations. In polyamorous relationships, it is important to pay special attention to ethical and responsible behavior. This means that it is necessary to discuss potential romantic relationships before entering into them. It is also worth making sure that all participants in the relationship are open, honest and share the principles of this relationship.

Another common misconception is that only one person in a relationship can have multiple partners, while the other must remain monogamous. This is fundamentally wrong, since all the people involved have an equal right to self-expression.

What about jealousy?
Jealousy is perhaps the most common reason to doubt the functionality of polyamory. But as practice shows, most people involved in such relationships face jealousy no more often than monogamous couples. Monogamy does not guarantee protection from jealousy, because often jealousy is a completely natural and completely normal reaction to the closeness of a partner with others. It occurs when someone feels insecure, suffers from mistreatment or something threatens the relationship. If a person feels safe, he usually does not get jealous. Keep in mind that jealousy is not a problem, it is a symptom of a problem. In these cases, work on the deeper causes of insecurity and you will eliminate jealousy.
 

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