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What does a poly relationship consist of?

A polyamorous relationship is a type of relationship structure where all individuals involved are in a consensual and committed romantic relationship with more than one partner. It is distinct from open relationships in that all partners involved are committed to each other, but with the knowledge and consent of all partners involved, each person is able to have additional committed relationships with separate individuals, thereby forming multiple intimate relationships at the same time.

This can range from two people dating several partners as a couple, to each partner having independent relationships with a variety of other people.

The key component of a polyamorous relationship is communication and agreement. All partners must be open and honest about the type of relationship, what boundaries must be respected, and how each partner fits into the relationship.

This conversation should include discussions of each partner’s expectations and needs, understanding of what time management is necessary, and how jealousy or insecurity will be addressed. A successful polyamorous relationship is built on absolute consent, comfort and respect.

All partners must enter into the relationship with the full knowledge and consent of all of their partners, and must be willing to compromise, compromise, and compromise. With successful communication and support, a polyamorous relationship can be incredibly rewarding and enriching.

What are the rules of a poly relationship?

When it comes to poly relationships, the most important rule to remember is respect – for yourself, your partner(s), and everyone involved. It’s also important to set boundaries so that everyone is on the same page and has a clear understanding of all the expectations, limits, and commitments.

Some additional rules that may be helpful to discuss include:

1. Communication: Regular, open, and honest communication is key to maintaining a healthy poly relationship. This involves discussing any issues that come up, including any doubts, fears, or concerns; being honest about what you want and need; and being willing to negotiate with your partner(s) to come to a mutual agreement.

2. Jealousy: Feelings of jealousy can arise, so it’s important to have an understanding of where they come from, how they can be dealt with, and how all parties can help each other manage their jealousy in a healthy way.

3. Love and Affection: Each party needs to express their love and affection within the limits of their comfort and availability, being able to give and receive love in a respectful and supportive manner.

4. Self-Care: It’s important to practice self-care and regularly take time out to relax, have fun, and take care of your emotional and physical needs. This also means taking time away from the relationship to tend to your personal relationships, hobbies, and passions.

5. Commitment: Every partner needs to understand their own level of commitment and take responsibility for their actions within the relationship. This involves making clear agreements about boundaries, limits, and expectations, and keeping the other partners in the loop about any changes.

No matter the relationship dynamics, respect should always be the foundation of any partnership. These guidelines can help you navigate the complexities of a poly relationship in a healthy and supportive way.