These consensually nonmonogamous relationships, as they're called, don't conform to the cultural norm of a handholding couple in love for life.
They come in a dizzying array of forms, from occasional "swinging" and open relationships to long-term commitments among multiple people. They communicate to death," said Bjarne Holmes, a psychologist at Champlain College in Vermont.
The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.
This is the definition used by California polyamorist Morning Glory Zell, who coined the term in the early 1980's.
But two-by-two isn't the only way to go through life.
In fact, an estimated 4 to 5 percent of Americans are looking outside their relationship for love and sex — with their partner's full permission.
We both wanted him to be our boyfriend, but instead of fighting over him we decided to split him.
They're buying each other diamond rings, making eyes over expensive restaurant meals and canoodling over chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne.My story ended with their new twenty-first-century tribe assembled in their rec room, a recently installed hot tub bubbling away in the backyard.Eventually, however, the original lovers drifted away and were replaced by others. John was tall and handsome, with an athlete's body and the serene intensity of a military officer. called "Scenes From a (Group) Marriage." The main characters were John and Nan, a married pair of well-educated professionals living in the suburbs of New Jersey.