Like other mixed-orientation relationships, poly/mono or mono/poly relationships consist of people with differing identities or practices—in this situation, one monogamist that is intimately exclusive with one partner, and another polyamorist who may have or perhaps is searching for numerous partners with the information and permission of most worried. From the polyamorist’s viewpoint, the relationship is poly/mono, and through the monogamist’s viewpoint it’s mono/poly—either method, this means negotiating relationship boundaries that appear uncommon at the least, and perhaps strange, to folks who are familiar with traditional (serially monogamous) relationships.
The monogamous person has the option to have additional partners and chooses not to do so for a range of reasons in most (if not all) poly/mono relationships. Frequently they simply try not to feel enjoy it, some as they are monogamous by orientation and simply usually do not desire multiple lovers, yet others due to particular life circumstances. The unifying element is the fact that monogamous individual understands about and consents into the poly person’s outside relationships but chooses not to have outside relationships of one’s own. Continue reading