Originally Posted by Erato
So you think the brain activity is a case of nurture rather than nature? That we've been socialised to feel that way so we've physically adapted to it?
That's an interesting idea I hadn't really thought of before, thanks.
That research doesn't indicate anything about number of attachments using either of the identified systems. It just shows that one system activates when dealing with romantic partners and a different system activates when dealing with offspring. That's entirely unsurprising...and offers no information about multiple attachments of either sort.
Is there some limit to how many attachments can be supported using the "offspring circuit" of the brain? The research doesn't say. It also doesn't offer anything about any limits in using the "romantic circuit" of that very same brain.
When speaking of various forms of non-monogamy...it ain't poly if you're just fucking around.
While polyamory, open relationships, and swinging are all distinctly different approaches to non-monogamy, they are not mutually exlusive. Folks can, and some do, engage in more than one of them at a time--and it's all good.