A lot of people are curious as to how polyamorous relationships work— how do they get started? What are the practical considerations? And, the questions that always comes up, how do you deal with jealousy?
Well, firstly, it's important to remember that all couples deal with issues of jealousy — whether they're monogamous or polyamorous. "We all experience jealousy at some point; the key to keeping things healthy is being able to identify the feeling and not allow it to control behavior," marriage and family therapist and relationship expert Esther Boykin tells Bustle. But you can see why people are curious about poly relationships if they've never been in one. Luckily, Reddit users in polyamorous relationships came forward to share their experiences in an AskReddit thread. And it was a really interesting range. Because while some people made a very conscious decision to be in a polyamorous relationships, for others it was something that they fell into and worked as they went along.
It's important to not put all poly relationships in the same category. Poly relationships vary — just like all relationships do. But it can be interesting and helpful to get some insight into how people transition into polyamory. Here's what the folks of Reddit had to say about how their relationships got started: