WHAT IS POLYAMORY? Dave Doleshal, Ph.D.
- WHAT IS POLYAMORY? Dave Doleshal, Ph.D. You probably already know
what polyamory is. However, just in case you somehow got this far
without knowing, here's a brief explanation: In recent years, a
so-called "alternative" relationship style called polyamory has been
What is polyamory? The word POLYAMORY means "many loves," (or one love
shared among many people). It describes the choice of loving more than
one person at the same time. This form of responsible non-monogamy is
not about clandestine
affairs or cheating on people you love.
Polyamory involves making mutual agreements with people you love,
keeping everything in the open and treating the people you love in an
ethical, consensual and committed manner.
How is polyamory different from cheating? Clandestine cheating and
polyamory are both about non-monogamy. Surveys suggest that one-third of
the U.S. population involved in supposedly monogamous relationships
cheat on their partners. Such irresponsible non-monogamy is widespread
in almost every country.
In contrast, polyamory represents an attempt to engage in non-monogamous
romantic and sexual activity in a way that IS responsible-all parties
involved share honestly about what they are doing. No one is coerced or
Dr. Dave Doleshal is one of the World Polyamory Association directors
and a featured presenter July 29 -31 at WPA's annual Harbin Hot Springs
California Conference Center. At the Conference, Dr. Doleshal teaches
immediate methods of lowering or ending jealousy in multiple-lover
situations. (Info on Celebrate Relationship Choice, --Harbin PolyCon 11:
www.worldpolyamoryassociation.com, worldpolyamory@..., 808
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