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Old 01-20-2013, 09:15 PM
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Hi ChrisBoy,
Welcome to our forum.

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"How should we deal with lovers who are not truly poly and therefore end up cheating on their primaries (both men involved with 'A' have girlfriends who are not completely aware of our polyamory relationship)."
The bad thing about "J" and "R" having girlfriends who aren't aware of the situation is that it means these men can't be trusted. If they won't tell their other girlfriends the truth, how can they be expected to tell you the truth?

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"What type of advice could I give 'A' in regards to keeping another distance relationship? I feel there is too much idealization and a waste of time keeping email and phone contact for only a few weeks a year of being together."
Long-distant relationships are difficult to do. But if this is what "A" wants to do, it is kind of her choice.

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"Do you think that a good initial approach is to prioritize involvement with couples, specially those who are already in a long and stable relationship? In other words, avoiding singles."
I am going to take a neutral stance here: Your odds of success are just about equally as good regardless of if the new person is single or part of a couple.

All people are highly unique and individual, as are all relationships, and you just never know what is going to work for one relationship that wouldn't work for another. The only main concern I would have is that "J" and "R" should tell the truth to the other girlfriends. Or at least they should have some kind of exit strategy for how the dishonest dynamic will end (or how the relationships will end).

It is going to be a tough spot for you to be in, though, as these are "A's" decisions that she is making, and you are not liking her decisions (in part with good reason). You can try to reason with "A," but you can't force her to make one decision or another. Unless you are going to give her an ultimatum (e.g. "me or them"), and even then, it's "A" who will be making the choice in response to that.

If you talk to her about these things, I would suggest doing so with respect and care. Be careful not to put her down for her decisions. Be willing to listen to her, and really hear her.

Those are just my thoughts based on what I know of the situation. Hope it helps.

Sincerely,
Kevin T.
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