Open Relationship

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Open Relationship

Open Relationship

Our Definition

a (usually primary) intimate partnership which allows for sexual connections with others either conditionally or as a general rule.

Common Practices & Experiences

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common practices and experiences involving open relationships include, but certainly aren't limited to:

  • Establishing expectations and boundaries at the beginning of any new relationship
  • frequently communicating about whether the established expectations and boundaries are working well
  • Re-evaluating specific boundaries as needed.
  • Developing trust and understanding of one’s partner 
  • Working towards feeling secure in your relationship
  • Doing research about different types of non-monogamy 
  • Self-assessment about what you do and do not want out of your relationship. 

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Real Life Examples

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If you'd like to be quoted in our glossary, please email us a single paragraph describing the practices you'd like to share, along with whatever name you'd like to be credited with.
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