Polyamory is a type of relationship. Polyamory is much like monogamy, in which there is love, enjoying time with a significant other, sex, sharing experiences, and living life with another. The main difference is the fact that a person is sharing their love and life with more than one person. Polyamory is built under the idea that there is infinite amount of love to be given to others rather than a finite amount. One person can love more than one other person at any given time.
Different Kinds of Polyamory
There are many different kinds of polyamory. Open relationships, triads, quads, swinging, polygamy, mono/poly, geometric, or even group.
With the many different kinds of polyamory relationships, there are even more, which are defined by the persons in the relationship. Every person or persons have their own set of rules in place to keep the relationship from going wry. It’s hard to say specifically what kind of relationship one is in with such blanket terms. My wife and I have an open relationship with polyamory tendencies. We date other people and other couples, and we may fall in love with them as well. Our long term goal, if you will, is to someday find another great couple we connect with and live within a small closed community with them.
What matters is not the term you give your kind of relationship, but how you define it. One type of relationship does not work with everybody, however, with open communication and honesty nearly anything is possible.
What is swinging?
Swinging is typically two couples who wish to only experience sexual fantasies with each other. This is sometimes referred to as couple swapping as well. In the swinging instance, they may also be single, there is no rule that says a swinger must be within a couple. A couple may swing with a single person, or with a group of people as well! Although swinging is generally referred to as simply just swapping sex partners, it doesn’t mean there is zero feelings involved. There are many groups within cities across the world that meet up to swap partners for the night and hang out together and have fun. While feelings may build up, typically there are rules in place along the lines of “What happens in Vegas; stays in Vegas.” So – if there are feelings building up between two people while swapping partners, typically the feelings stay in the room where they have sex and the feelings aren’t brought home to the families involved.
What is an open relationship?
My wife and are in an open relationship where we are able to see other people outside of our primary relationship. Within our open relationship we date other people, we have hot one night stands, we may have fuck buddies if we wish as well. We may have lovers with deep feelings or even fall in love with other people. With our instance of an open relationship we do not bring partners to each other and share with them. If my wife decides she wants to have a fuck buddy, she can, but I generally feel no need to meet him. Some open relationships do a welcome meeting each others partners and may even welcome sexual experiences or love between them as well! An open relationship is much more ambiguous than other polyamorous types of relationships as it has much less stipulations than the other types.