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Are Open Relationships Good or Bad

Updated on July 9, 2013

The difference here a couple can have a normal relationship, however a third person can exists and have no issues at all.

Open relationships are those in which arrangements are established. Where relationships still mean behaving like a couple, however both are allowed to meet other people and have physical contact, although this may be borderline for many relationships. Overall, both parties must agree. Marriage or children is not normally considered.

Couples in open relationships will normally accept that their partners will get physical with a third party, however the lying and infidelity guilt is not there as it would be in a normal relationship.

According to observations, open relationships seem to come a come like a fashion or phase. Throughout human history such relationships have occurred at different times and cultures, are more observable nowadays.

The Advantages

There is a sense of freedom, little jealousy and no feeling of being tied down.

There is a much greater awareness of communication, honesty, respect for individuality.

Couples tend to totally enjoy the moments that they share, if feels more like a "want" rather than a "must". This doesn't mean that closed relationships do not have these factors, but speaking to people, the "must" feeling encourages dependence

Couples in open relationships are able to communicate their physical desires and fantasies, with out offending one another or making one feel uncomfortable.

You are able to appreciate the qualities of your partner.

If the relationship progresses well, it is likely that a closed relationship can take off.

You can experience new games and fantasies,also even invite other couples in order to fulfill their fantasies too.

The Disadvantages

There may be complications in making agreements, and it must have a certain census of what is allowed and what is not.

Once you do make a agreement it may be a clash of ideas.

There is no room for complaints, and any jealousy will show signs of a partner wanting a closed relationship.

One must be careful to respect the rules of safe intercourse as this can harm both yourself, your partner and even the third person.

There is the fear of living with the idea that your partner can fall in love with any of the third parties.

The social pressure put closed relationships can put a lot of stress on it.

Are you ready for an open relationship?

Are an open person or closed this will make a big difference. Both types are fine provided that you both respect agreements. The word infidelity can seem uncomfortable at first but in an open relationships you will have a accept it will happen and not be jealous.

Sexuality in open relationships can be expressed more freely, due to the improved communication and a good way to express taste.

If you are honest and open enough then you are much less likely to negatively labelled.

Never be afraid of what other might think, due to being in this type of relationship. Especially women, some people cannot understand nor accept open relationships and will tell you that it's wrong an dirty.


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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      As long as both parties are fine with it and no jealousy is involved, then it should be fine.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting subject. Currently open marriage is becoming more and more popular here in the U.S. You aren't talking about open marriage here, but merely relationships, which here in the U.S. are assumed to be open anyway if there is no understanding or marriage involved.

      I call an 'open relationship' a friendship that may or may not include sex. It's basically the relationship we have with everyone who is not our spouse.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Are Open Relationships Good or Bad such relationships don't always work out and I think it is bad

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Thanks, and yes jealousy will not work here.

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      maryedw 4 years ago from Virginia

      Open relationships can work, but it depends on the "ground" rules of the couple involved. It doesn't work if one or both are the jealous type.