Polyamorous relationships involve consensually engaging in romantic, intimate, and-or sexual relationships with multiple people simultaneously, with the knowledge and agreement of all involved. There are various types of polyamorous relationships, and the dynamics can vary widely based on the preferences and agreements of the individuals involved.

Here are some common types:

  1. Hierarchical Polyamory:**

   – **Primary/Secondary/Tertiary:** In hierarchical polyamory, individuals may have primary, secondary, and tertiary partners. Primary partners often hold a central and more significant role in one’s life, while secondary and tertiary partners have progressively lesser influence.

 

  1. **Non-Hierarchical Polyamory:**

   – **Egalitarian:** In contrast to hierarchical polyamory, egalitarian polyamory rejects the idea of ranking partners. All relationships are considered equal, and individuals may have multiple important and meaningful connections without strict hierarchies.

 

  1. **Solo Polyamory:**

   – In solo polyamory, individuals prioritize independence and autonomy. They may have multiple relationships but prefer to maintain a sense of personal freedom and avoid entwining their lives too closely with any one partner.

 

  1. **Kitchen Table Polyamory:**

   – In kitchen table polyamory, all partners are comfortable sitting around the “kitchen table” together, metaphorically speaking. This means there’s an openness and willingness for everyone to be involved and connected, fostering a sense of family or community.

 

  1. **Parallel Polyamory:**

   – In parallel polyamory, individuals maintain separate, distinct relationships that may not intersect much. This approach allows for a greater degree of independence between partners.

 

  1. **Polyfidelity:**

   – Polyfidelity involves a closed group of individuals who are all romantically or sexually involved with each other. It resembles monogamy in the sense that the group is exclusive, but it includes more than two people.

 

  1. **Relationship Anarchy:**

   – Relationship anarchy rejects predefined relationship structures and encourages individuals to develop connections based on their own desires and needs. There are no set rules or expectations, and each relationship is unique.

 

  1. **Polygamy and Polyandry:**

   – While polygamy involves one person having multiple spouses simultaneously, polyandry involves one person having multiple male spouses. These terms are often associated with culturally or religiously specific practices.

 

  1. **Polyamorous Networks:**

   – Some polyamorous individuals engage in network-style relationships where multiple people are interconnected romantically or sexually in various ways. The connections may form complex webs rather than following a linear structure.

 

It’s crucial to note that communication, honesty, and consent are key elements in any polyamorous relationship, regardless of its specific structure. Each polyamorous relationship is unique, and individuals may create their own terms, agreements, and labels that best suit their needs and preferences.

 

Photos source: https://blog.franklinveaux.com/2017/12/an-update-to-the-map-of-non-monogamy/

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