Popular movies, series, literature, and music all represent the processes that come with starting to date a new partner – navigating the shyness, the confusion, the excitement, the infatuation, and all the other feelings that come with entering new (heteronormative) relationships.This is because I had never seen relationships like mine represented in the media.I didn’t know how to go about entering the relationship.I didn’t know what conversations to have with my new partner, what sort of problems would arise, and how to tackle them.Bringing more people into a toxic situation can cause a great amount of distress for everyone involved.
Hopefully through careful consideration and deep introspection, you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision and navigate successfully through the exciting and complex world of polyamory and dating.
On top of being polyamorous, I am also queer – and relationships between queer people are also really underrepresented in the media.
I didn’t know what to expect, where to find support, or whose advice to take.
These relationships allow for loving bonds to form with a new partner or even have a new partner date both people in the original relationship.
Clinical Psychologist Deborah Anapol suggests we are moving forward as a society.