July 19, 2007 at 10:27 am #23012
Thank you mom for giving me an article on Polyamory! As she knows and supports my visions about life.
I cut and paste from Wiki instead of translating a whole article from a magazine.
Polyamory (from poly=multiple + amor=love) is the desire, practice, or acceptance of having more than one loving, intimate relationship at a time with the full knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Polyamorous perspectives differ from monogamous perspectives, in that they respect a partner’s wish to have second or further meaningful relationships and to accommodate these alongside their existing relationships.
The term polyamory is sometimes abbreviated to poly, especially as a form of self-description, and is sometimes described as consensual and/or responsible non-monogamy. Polyamory is usually taken as a description of a lifestyle or relational choice and philosophy, rather than of individuals’ actual relationship status at a given moment. There is a certain fluidity in its definition, to accommodate the different shades of meaning which might be covered. Polyamorous relationships are themselves varied, reflecting the choices and philosophies of the individuals concerned.
Polyamory is distinct from polygamy, being closer to a personal outlook than a predefined bonding system. It is grounded in such concepts as choice, trust, equality of freewill, and the more novel idea of compersion, rather than in cultural or religious tradition.July 20, 2007 at 11:05 am #23013
Polyamory is big here in Ashevlle, I’ve been watching clients deal with it over the last ten years.
Essentially Open Marriage without the marriage certificate – usually one person is primary relationship, maybe live-in, plus other partners.
But same problems of jealousy and insecurity always present, eternal questions as to the depth of one’s committment to someone else, who is primary and who is secondary, etc. etc. Don;’t know of any practitioners with kids, you can cut new ground here, Wendy.
It takes extra energy, hopefully balanced by getting extra energy from other partners…..:)
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