The romantic love that has been talked about for years and years is a concept that has dominated over time the relationships that occur between a couple. This concept makes love understood as a situation or feeling that can only be shared by a couple, which maintain close bonds with each other. However, in many countries around the world, mainly in Western countries, different ideas and movements have been emerging to explain in a different way what and how love is given between people, and have been increasing the opinions that say that affective relationships can be different, this is the case of polyamory.


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Bigamy, monogamy, polyandry, polygamy

What is polyamory?

Polyamory is a word that can be defined as a tendency, preference or habit of being able to maintain a loving relationship with more than one person at the same time and in a context in which all the people involved are aware of this situation.


The word was invented by Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart in 1990 and since then it has become increasingly popular, emerged as an idea and as a philosophy of life in many Western countries.

Polyamory is a word that is formed by the Greek suffix “poli” which means a lot or multiple, and the word love, which speaks to us of the different emotional and erotic relationships that human beings share among themselves.


The men of ancient Egypt were free to marry as many women as they wished and many African countries today, particularly those of a predominantly Muslim faith, still practice a form of polygyny.

Types of polyamory

The way in which polyamory types are classified may vary depending on the criteria used to distinguish between categories, so we can say that the types are the following:

Advantages of polyamory

One of its possible advantages, according to the data available through research, makes us think that it has the advantage that many of the problems experienced by couples and traditional marriages disappear in polyamory relationships.

Couples have the option of living a relationship in freedom without creating ties, so polyamory is considered to give us the benefit of avoiding possession. Enjoying free sex with other people, interposing sincerity, first and foremost, will cause many couples to solve each other’s problems.


Many of the couples who practice it, despite showing a preference for the practice, may develop crises of jealousy or are afraid of being left out of the relationship. For many, sharing a social network with more than one person means that time is not enough to devote to one’s own partner or daily or shared activities. In addition, many of the problems that can affect a normal couple are also present in people who practice polyamory.

It can also lead to social disapproval and discrimination. There may be a shortage of appropriate and positive role models between partners.

Examples of polyamory

Written by Gabriela Briceño V.

How to cite this article?

Briceño V., Gabriela. (2019). Polyamory. Recovered on 23 February, 2024, de Euston96:

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