Consensual Non-Monogamy, Polyamory + Open Relationships: What’s The Difference?

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What Is Polyfidelity?

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Polyfidelity is sometimes mistaken for polyamory, but they are not the same. In polyamory, one person might be involved with several people, who are in no way involved with one another. But in polyfidelity, there is a group of individuals who are all romantically and sexually involved with each other – and only with those in the group. This group forms the primary relationship in their lives, but within it, there are several individuals. Polyfidelity is what we talk about when we say a group of three people are a throuple or that four people are a foursome. Those people are in a relationship with each other and do not stray outside of the group.

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