Open Relationships - are They Right for Everyone?
The human evolution occurred not only with physical features but also with social and cultural aspects. While in the past a romantic relationship was characterized by two people going out and having sex, the definition of a relationship is much more fluid these days. An open relationship is the best example of the romantic evolution of humanity, and if you are not sure how it works, now is the time to find out.
What is an Open Relationship?
An open relationship is a romantic and intimate relationship that is not monogamous. People who cheat are also not monogamous, but the major difference is that people who are in open relationships are consensually non-monogamous. Two consenting adults who are involved in a relationship and choose to be intimate with other people are in an open relationship, whether they are married or not.
Each couple who is an open relationship decides what is right for them in terms of boundaries and how to be open with others. So, each open couple has their definition of what is the nature of their relationship and how to be with other people as well. Open relationships are nothing new these days, but what is new is the openness about the matter and people understanding open relationships before judging them.
Types of Open Relationships
As stated above, each couple who is an open relationship decides what best suits them. Among these couples, there are certain common characteristics, and the three most common types of open relationships are:
- Multi-partner relationships – also referred to as polyamory, multi-partner relationships are a relationship where there are three or more romantic partners who are not necessarily all involved with one another.
- Swinging – an open relationship in which partners in a committed relationship commit sexual acts with other couples.
- Hybrid relationships – open relationships in which one partner in the relationship is not monogamous, and the other one is.
Can Open Relationships Work?
This question has been discussed by scientists, psychologists, and even biologists, but there is no one answer to whether or not open relationships can work out. The most important thing when it comes to being in an open relationship is to find likeminded people. Most people these days are monogamous, so not everyone is open to, well, being in an open relationship.
If you are thinking about trying an open relationship and you have questions on the subject, you can go on blogs, secret groups, and even lectures where you can get the answers you are searching for. Also, keep in mind that there are different types of these relationships, so you have to find out which one suits you best.
Also, if you choose to enter an open relationship, make sure you have safe sex with your partner/s. This goes for any new relationship, whether it is open or not; when you first go out with someone, you cannot know who they have been with or if they always practice safe sex. So, be responsible and use protection when you are intimate with your partner/s.
While it may seem that all open relationships are fun and free, the people in them cannot always be spontaneous. When entering an open relationship, you need to communicate your needs, wants, and fears to the people you are going out with. There will be times when you will prefer the company of one partner over the other, and it is natural. So, you need to keep the lines of communication open and convey what you want to do.
Scheduling is also a big part of being in an open relationship, so talk to your partner about where you are going to be. It can be fun being in an open relationship, but it means juggling between multiple partners. In this hectic day and age, you will need to be calculated a lot of times, and decide which partner you are going be with and when.
Relationships are never easy, and it takes a lot of back and forth to find the balance with people you are romantically involved with. Open relationships are no different, and you need to be considerate of your partner/s if you decide you want to be in a non-monogamous relationship. Whatever you want to do, make sure you are healthy and safe.