As someone who is openly in a polyamorous relationship, it can be difficult to explain the ins and outs of my life to friends and family. People often have preconceived notions about what polyamory is, and they don’t always understand the nuances of my relationship. To help people better understand why I choose to live in a polyamorous relationship, here’s what I tell my friends and family when they ask me about it.
What Is Polyamory?
The first thing I do when talking to my friends about polyamory is explain what it is. Polyamory is defined as the practice of having multiple romantic relationships at the same time with the knowledge and consent of all partners involved.
This means that everyone involved knows that there are other people in each other’s lives, and that those relationships are accepted by all parties. This differs from cheating or infidelity because everyone involved has agreed on the arrangement.
Navigating Jealousy And Trust
Once I’ve explained what polyamory means, I move on to addressing some of their questions about jealousy or trust issues between partners. The truth is that every couple or group will have their own unique way of navigating jealousy or trust issues (just like any monogamous couple), but generally speaking, communication is key.
Each partner should feel comfortable expressing themselves without fear of judgment or criticism from the others. Additionally, boundaries should be set so that everyone feels respected by their partners.
The Benefits Of Polyamory
Finally, I like to talk about some of the benefits of being in a polyamorous relationship such as more freedom for each partner to explore different types relationships without sacrificing existing commitments; increased understanding and empathy between partners; and an open dialogue between partners which helps build deeper connections than traditional monogamous relationships can provide.
Polyamory isn’t for everyone—but it works for me! Explaining this lifestyle choice to my friends can be challenging at times, but by breaking down common misconceptions about polyamory and discussing its advantages with them, I hope they will come away with a better understanding of why this type of relationship works for me. At the end of the day, we all just want to find love and happiness—no matter how many people we choose to share it with!