What does a healthy open relationship look like?

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What does a healthy open relationship look like? Written by Catharine Paddock, Ph. Recent research that used a novel framework to explore types of monogamy and nonmonogamy suggests that open, consensual nonmonogamous relationships can be healthy and satisfying. The new study does not draw sweeping conclusions about successful open relationships. Instead, the findings identify the conditions that can promote healthy consensual nonmonogamous relationships and those that can put them under strain. These conditions relate to the extent to which there is mutual consent, comfort, and — perhaps most importantly — communication about sex with other people. Rogge, Ph. Despite this relatively high statistic, a culture that favors monogamy can present a challenge to nonmonogamous couples looking to introduce new sexual partners into the relationship.

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