Polyamory is just one form of consensual non-monogamy.
You might picture a romantic relationship as two people committed exclusively to one another — also known as monogamy.
Consensual non-monogamy, on the other hand, involves relationships with more than one person, with the consent of everyone involved.
Polyamory is just one of the ways to practice consensual non-monogamy. You may have also heard of other forms, like open relationships and swinging.
Polyamory is NOT cheating, as some people incorrectly make out.
It doesn’t mean you’re unable or uninterested in commitment
People aren’t polyamorous because they’re unhappy about committing to a relationship.
In fact, research shows no difference in relationship satisfaction between people who are monogamous or consensually non-monogamous.
Commitment for monogamous people can mean expressing love by putting time, trust, and respect for shared agreements into a relationship with another person.
Commitment for a polyamorous relationship means the same — just with a different set of agreements.
It doesn’t mean you’re down for group sex
If having threesomes all the time sounds exhausting to you, then you should know that plenty of polyamorous people would agree with you.
While polyamory can include sexual relationships with more than one person, it’s not about having sex with multiple people at the same time.
For example, a woman might have sexual relationships with two different men, but enjoy sex with only one of them at a time.
Polyamory is defined as practicing or being open to intimate relationships with more than one person.
Dating as a polyamorous person means you’re not looking for just one person to share a romantic or sexual connection with.