Open Relationship And Polyamory: What’s The Difference?

by | May 21, 2023 | All about Love

Have you ever considered being involved in a non-monogamous relationship? Maybe you want to try something new for a while, or maybe you just don’t like the idea of being with only one person for the rest of your life. And that is completely okay. But it can be tricky sometimes.

Before deciding to go into this kind of relationship, you need to know exactly what you are getting into. Open relationship or polyamory? These are very different concepts under the umbrella of non-monogamous relationships.

Open relationship 

An open relationship is when both partners agree to date, hook up, or get into relationships with other people. Of course, there are some rules and boundaries that need to be discussed and agreed upon between the partners. It’s all about communication, respect, and making sure everyone involved feels comfortable and happy.


Individuals have more than one romantic or sexual partner at the same time, with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Unlike open relationships, polyamorous relationships involve more than just casual hookups or flings – they involve deep emotional connections and committed relationships with multiple people. It’s all about being open, honest, and respectful with everyone involved, and making sure that everyone’s needs and desires are being met.

Having made that clear, it’s safe to say both kinds of non-monogamous relationships can be a fulfilling and rewarding way to explore different connections and desires, but they’re not for everyone. It’s important to communicate openly, honestly, and respectfully with partners and to establish clear rules and boundaries to ensure that everyone involved is comfortable and happy.

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Edited by Yoan Shterev

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