Is polyamory just like a relationship that is open?
Definitely not, although both are considered non-monogamous.
In line with the Handbook associated with the Sociology of Sexualities, a relationship that is open typically understood to be having sexual activity with other people (other than a person’s partner/spouse) but that people intimate encounters do not grow into relationships. Meanwhile, polyamory involves having relationships that are multiple. Love and psychological connections are the driving forces into the latter.
A sex and relationships therapist in Minneapolis, clarified the difference to Women’s Health, noting: ‘An open relationship is one where one or both partners have a desire for sexual relationships outside of each other, and polyamory is about having intimate, loving relationships with multiple people. Continue reading