ALL relationships, whether polyamorous or monogamous, need the same elements to be successful and satisfying: love, mutual respect, honesty, communication, caring and affection, shared intimacy (emotional, intellectual, physical), being fully present (not holding onto the past and old ideals), and being able to manage your emotions. The one thing you have to be really, really good at in poly is time management, but that's useful in monogamy, too. So, really, in thinking about how to relate to the ones you love, poly relationships are not that much different from mono ones, other than the fact that there are more to manage.
The only way to know if poly is for you is to ask yourself whether you are open to it. If so, then put it into practice and see how it goes.
The world opens up... when you do.
Oh, oh, can't you see? Love is the drug for me. ~Bryan Ferry
"Love is that condition in which another person's happiness is essential to your own." ~Robert Heinlein
Last edited by nycindie; 07-11-2013 at 11:32 PM.