25 Aug Lessons Open Relationships Can Teach Us
What are the lessons open relationships can teach us? Many people fear opening their relationship up to others because of the insecurities they may feel in their current monogamous relationship. Today’s article is to help you overcome those fears and educate yourself on what you can learn from open relationships.
Lessons Open Relationships Can Teach Us
An open relationship is an umbrella term for any relationship that is not monogamous. They can come in a range of different types, from swinging to polyamory to relationship anarchy. These types of relationships can teach us how to better manage our insecurities within our own relationships. Actually, open and poly relationships can be some of the healthiest and most loving relationships of all. The important lessons to take away from successful open relationships are:
Jealousy is manageable
Jealousy is natural for everyone, but what matters is we not only think about how we feel but we communicate that, have a healthy conversation about it, and actively listen to our partner/s.
Insecurities must be addressed within the relationship
Insecurities come in many forms. It can range from jealousy and clinginess to requiring constant validation from our partners. We need to learn to openly communicate what, and why we’re feeling how we are to our partners. We do this through open and effective communication.
Good communication skills are essential for any relationship to work
Whether it’s a romantic, sexual or platonic relationship, communication is essential for the healthy longevity of any relationship. You need to be able to express your needs to your partners honestly to overcome difficult emotions and situations.
Unexpected situations will happen. No relationship is perfect and people make mistakes.
Having unrealistic relationship expectations will only lead you down the path of resentment towards your partner and will inevitably lead to the demise of the relationship. Knowing when and how to compromise and regularly discussing the boundaries you have with your partner will enable you both to be flexible with each other when a difficult situation arises.
Trying to limit or control your partner is pointless
No matter what you do, or how hard you try, you can’t force anyone to stay in a relationship that they don’t want to be in. Realizing this will help with insecurity and jealousy in the relationship. If your partner says and shows that they want to be with you, you should trust in them enough to believe it. If you don’t, a conversation about why needs to happen. At the end of the day, if you give your best version to your partner and they do not reciprocate it back, it’s their loss.