Polyg­a­mous re­la­tion­ships are just as suc­cess­ful

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If you are a fan of read­ing and go­ing by re­la­tion­ship sur­veys, read them with a dis­claimer. Rea­son? Non-monog­a­mous re­la­tion­ships are not counted.

A re­port in the Bri­tish pub­li­ca­tion In­de­pen­dent cites a new study pub­lished in Per­spec­tives on Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence. The re­search claims that re­la­tion­ship stud­ies may be flawed be­cause pri­macy is given to monog­a­mous (peo­ple stick­ing with one part­ner) unions, while non-monog­a­mous re­la­tion­ships are of­ten just as suc­cess­ful.

Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, US, who tried to dis­cover whether pre­vi­ous stud­ies were skewed to pro­mote monogamy, con­cluded that the way we study re­la­tion­ships is prob­lem­atic. Ac­cord­ing to Terri Con­ley, the study’s lead au­thor, our at­ti­tudes to monogamy are ‘so in­grained as to be in­vis­i­ble’.

“It’s not even that we think about it be­ing right. We just see it as the only way,” she said. The re­searchers sur­veyed over 2,000 peo­ple over the age of 25, 617 of whom were in con­sen­sual polyg­a­mous re­la­tion­ships. After as­sess­ing a range of fac­tors such as jeal­ousy, pas­sion, trust and gen­eral sat­is­fac­tion, they found that polyamorous re­la­tion­ships func­tioned just as well as the monog­a­mous ones.

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