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August 15, 2013

4 Benefits of an Open Relationship

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Open relationships have come a long way in the past few years, from a taboo to an acknowledged and healthy lifestyle. Many couples are rejecting monogamy in favor of dipping their toe, or full-fledged jumping, back into the dating pool while keeping their main relationships alive and thriving. If you are considering whether this is right for you, let me suggest a few benefits of an open relationship for you and your partner.

  • It helps keep the loneliness away: This is great for people in long-distance relationships, or one where a partner travels constantly, or when two people are in love, but haven’t found that “spark” in years. By opening up your relationship to seek elsewhere, you’re fulfilling a very important need. Humans need closeness and contact regularly to maintain emotional health. So by supplementing your relationship with outside sources, you’re actually making yourself and your partner happier.
  • It eliminates the need for jealousy: Let’s be honest, infidelity is a major problem in many relationships. Many people who say they want to be monogamous can’t help but stray outside their bounds, often leading to betrayal, hurt and resentment. Some of this hurt will come from being possessive of your partner’s sexuality, but a lot of it simply comes from the fact that they broke the agreement that you two had made when you became a monogamous couple. So rather than breaking up, change the rules!  By openly and positively allowing the both of you to seek that outside sexual interest, you’re being honest with each other and allowing for a much more stable future.
  • You can experience that “tingly” feel again, and again, and again: Do you remember that rush of excitement that comes when you lock eyes with someone across a room? Or that first kiss? Or the first time you saw them naked? Well with an open relationship, you never have to miss that feeling again! Reclaim that sexy and adventurous side of yourself that may have been lost from years of routine.
  • You can just be you: Look, humans are not obligate monogamists. We are so much more complex. Some people get along with a monogamous relationship just fine, while others crave and need more from their romantic endeavors. By trying to force yourself into monogamy, you’re only going to make yourself miserable and unfulfilled. Be yourself, be honest with your needs and enjoy!

 

And now I’m going to warn you: Open relationships only work when both partners are 100% behind it. So if the idea of sharing your partner with someone else makes you want to throw up, or you’re getting the sense that your partner’s only just going along with the idea, put on the brakes and talk about it. Pressuring someone into an open relationship without their full support is only going to set you up for a world of hurt. So if there’s hesitation, give it time or consider other options. But if you’re both game, communicate, be safe, and have fun!

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About the Author

Lauren Volpe
Lauren Volpe is a recent graduate of Texas State University with a BA in English Literature with a Minor in Anthropology. She is now a freelance writer. She is passionate about writing and studying human interactions. She enjoys giving relationship advice built on her personal history, and the experiences of her friends and family. She currently resides in San Marcos, Texas.




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