Polyamory describes a person who engages in multiple sexual or romantic relationships at the same time, in which all those involved are in full consent. It isn’t new by any stretch, but society’s recent willingness to ditch convention has brought it into the spotlight and made it much more acceptable. However, navigating the world of polyamory isn’t easy, especially when you’re first embracing it.

Be Truthful on Dating Sites

People use dating apps to form connections with people in 2023, and you’ll find an app facilitating everyone’s interests from the traditional to the more niche. However, if you’re considering polyamory and meeting people through dating apps, you have to be ready to be open about your intentions.

If you’re not ready to navigate the mainstream online dating scene as a new polyamorous person, there are plenty of purpose-built platforms. For example, if you’re curious about dating married men or women, there’s a dating app for that.

Couples: Date Separately

Meeting a person or couple can happen organically for couples. However, when a couple only seeks out a group dynamic, especially when attempting to form a triad, there can be a severe imbalance of power. While it’s okay to hang out as a group, we recommend going on dates individually to help manage the emotional side of polyamory and prepare for the future. If you’re only dating as a group, a member of the triangle may feel the emotional burden when individual dates inevitably take place.

Compersion Shouldn’t be Forced

Compersion is related to the warm feeling you get when you’re happy about an encounter or interaction that your partner has had. While it’s a positive feeling that’s great when it happens, it’s not likely to happen in the face of jealousy or insecurity; compersion only takes place in 100% secure polyamorous relationships. Some people may never feel compersion and that’s completely fine, and it doesn’t reflect a lack of love in any way.

Prepare for Jealousy and then Learn

Even though polyamorous people are consenting to shared relationships, it doesn’t mean jealousy can’t make its way through the cracks. To be in a successful polyamorous relationship, it’s important to recognise jealousy and use it to improve your inner being. Instead of allowing it to fuel rage, view jealousy as an opportunity to find out what’s causing it, address it, and then move past the issue.

Polyamory Can Get Pricey

The traditional relationship can become expensive, especially when you factor in birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and other obligations. When you add one or more people into the mix, these expenses are all multiplied. Make sure you’re prepared for the expense and be transparent with your partners when money is limited – they should cut you some slack.

Entering the world of polyamory can be exciting, but you need to keep yourself grounded and learn how to navigate the ups and downs. Although we could continue listing tips for being polyamorous, those outlined above should give you more than enough to consider.


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