Open Relationship

Our Definition

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


Real Life Examples 

Nersis and Sven are in a committed relationship with one another, and both have openly dated others during this relationship, and expect that they will continue to do so in the future.

Hamlet and his boyfriend Horatio have a relationship without any “veto” policy. Generally, they trust each other's judgement in other partners, and get along well with all their metas.


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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