Article by Ben Haynes

One of the best parts of being in a relationship is determining what works best for your partnership. The two of you get to figure out what you like, what you don’t, and how to build the perfect life together. However, this can also be one of the most challenging parts of a relationship. Regardless of who you date, one conversation must always be addressed: Are we exclusive or open? And if we are open, what does that mean? Let’s discuss what these could mean to you and your partner.

Monogamy: Just You and Me

For some partnerships, exclusivity is the way to go. In these cases, it gets to be just you and your man navigating life together. There are plenty of things that make monogamy an incredible experience for people. Some couples thrive on one-to-one connection and building a deep, intense foundation of trust and love. There’s something to be said about choosing to be with one person only and experience the ups and downs of life together. Couples choose monogamy for several reasons and have their own unique arrangements. However, it’s usually relatively straightforward that these couples do not date or engage sexually with other people. They stay true to one another, and sometimes, cheating is a deal-breaker.

Open Relationships: Let’s Make Friends!

While some couples close the borders, others may keep them open! Not long ago, open relationships were very hush-hush and kept under wraps. However, the world continues to evolve, and so does our understanding of relationship dynamics. Some couples give special permission to themselves. These permissions can include (but aren’t limited to) seeing other people together (and/or separately), bringing in a third from time to time, or engaging in troubles (or all kinds of polyamory). To some, this sounds very scandalous and confusing. To the people who prefer these relationships, it makes total sense. Everyone is different! The key to making open relationships of any kind function healthily is communication. Everyone’s boundaries and desires must be understood and respected for these types of connections to work. Regardless of which relationship style is best for you, the key is to never stop talking to your partner. Keep the lines of communication open, and watch your relationship flourish!
July 28, 2023 — Andrew Christian