different types of polyamorous relationships

Different Types of Polyamorous Relationships

It’s important to be aware of the different types of polyamorous relationships out there. Whether you are curious about the lifestyle or a part of it and wondering where you fit in, this article will help make things a little easier.


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The Different Types of Polyamorous Relationships

Just in case you’re new here and are unsure of what the hell a polyamorous relationship is, polyamory is the practice of having sexual or romantic relationships with more than one partner, with the consent of everyone involved. People in these relationships actually report higher relationship satisfaction than couples in monogamous relationships. There are 9 different types of polyamorous relationships. These are:

1. Vee

As the name suggests, a Vee (V) relationship is when one person is dating two different people but those two different people aren’t dating each other. AN example would be: Amy is dating Tom and Ben, but Tom and Ben are not dating each other. Tom and Ben are the top parts of the V, and Amy is the bottom part connecting the whole thing.


2. Triad

A triad, also known as a throuple, is a relationship between three partners who are all romantically or sexually involved with each other. For example, if Ben and Tom were also dating each other, as well as Amy, this would be a triad.


3. Quad

A quad is a relationship between four partners who are romantically or sexually connected with each other. This could be two primary couples connecting or adding another partner to a triad.


4. Hierarchical Polyamory

A hierarchical polyamorous relationship places more importance on one relationship over other relationships. A primary partner is often the person that they are married to, share finances with, or lives with. Primary partners will prioritize each other when making decisions and commitments. 


5. Non-hierarchical Polyamory

A hierarchical relationship does not prioritize any of the members of the relationship over the others. Each person’s relationship with the other will still be unique, but none are prioritized over the others. Everyone in the relationship works together to make big decisions. 


6. Solo Polyamory

You are your own primary partner when it comes to solo polyamory or SOPO,  A solo polyamorist prioritizes their own needs and isn’t obligated to their partners when making decisions.


7. Kitchen Table Polyamory

Kitchen table polyamory focuses on the family or community of everyone in the relationship. All members get together for family gatherings and provide communal support. Everyone may not be sexually or romantically involved with each other, but they are all comfortable hanging out and supporting each other.


8. Parallel Polyamory

Opposite to kitchen table polyamory, parallel polyamory is when the members of the relationship aren’t interested in being emotionally involved with other members outside of their own partner(s).


9. Mono-poly Relationships

Mono-poly relationships are relationships in which one partner identifies as polyamorous and the other identifies as monogamous. The polyamorous partner is interested in other relationships outside of the primary partnership, but the monogamous person isn’t. The monogamous partner may just not be interested in other partners, have a mismatch in libido, or not have the time or energy for other partners.




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