And perhaps inevitably, certain misconceptions and misunderstandings about what "polyamory" means have become widespread as well.
It would be unfortunately difficult to say which among these misunderstandings is the most common, or the most hurtful to polyamorous folks.
Other polyamorous relationships can involve having three or more people all committed to each other, or having one or two (or three or four…) serious partners at a time individually, perhaps with one primary partner.
There's a lot of misinformation about polyamory that exists today.
This is generally a common mis-conception and generally misunderstood by the public.
To be polyamorous simply means that you are not monogamous in your relationships.
Polyamory emphasizes consciously choosing how many partners one wishes to be involved with rather than accepting social norms which dictate loving only one person at a time.
Polyamory is from the root words Poly (meaning “many”) and Amour (meaning “love”); hence “many loves” or Polyamory. The first thing to understand is that anyone who is Polyamorous is not just interested in having sex with lots of different people.
Many believe that monogomy is not natural for them and could lead people to be unhappy and even cheat in the long term.
That simply is how the polyamorous definition is properly explained.
Polyamoruous people practice Polyamory (see dictionary meaning above) and are also known as Poly people.
Communication is also crucial for a poly relationship.
If something feels wrong, we are encouraged to honestly approach our partners and discuss it.