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Old 08-13-2013, 11:03 PM
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I don't buy into this polyamorous requirement that if you are legally married to someone that your spouse has to also be romantically involved with the other person you are in love with.
No requirement that I know of. The 4 of us just got lucky that's how it happened.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:54 AM
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Yeah, it's surprising how rare triads/quads/group relationships are...
The desire isn't rare, finding women willing to enter into.such a relationship is rare. The ones I've seen that actually lasted just formed organically and the weren't closed
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:03 AM
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Wow! I am pleasantly surprised!

My apologies if I offended anyone. It was not my intention.

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Old 08-14-2013, 04:10 AM
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The desire isn't rare, finding women willing to enter into.such a relationship is rare. The ones I've seen that actually lasted just formed organically and the weren't closed
It's certainly popular to *want* a successful triad/quad/unicorn utopia, but it doesn't surprise me to see that they frequently have serious issues. It's a matter of the expectations going in when the goal is to "have an equal triad" or to "bring in a girl who loves my wife and I" it seems clear enough that the number of pieces which need to flawlessly fit together are far greater than an organic relationship.

I am in total agreement though, a group of people who fall into what could be classified as a triad or quad is completely different from the formula hunters I've seen. If it works, let it work and that is fantastic... but assuming that a perfect romantic union is going to happen between a group of people is quite an expectation.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:54 PM
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It's certainly popular to *want* a successful triad/quad/unicorn utopia, but it doesn't surprise me to see that they frequently have serious issues. It's a matter of the expectations going in when the goal is to "have an equal triad" or to "bring in a girl who loves my wife and I" it seems clear enough that the number of pieces which need to flawlessly fit together are far greater than an organic relationship.

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Agreed again Marcus. i guess how i look at my "quad' ideal is that I date a married man, my spouse dates his wife, so the four of us are linked that way but we girls and the two guys arent romantically involved. Im guessing its more likely? Though we arent by any means happens. We know a nice couple, if it happens it happens
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:20 PM
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If it happens it happens is, in my opinion, the right attitude to dating in general. I don't know anyone in any long lasting successful relationship who got there by forcing it or chasing an ideal of some kind. The exception is people who are married as a business transaction more than romantic... i.e. married for the sake of being married and don't expect "love."
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:29 PM
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I am in total agreement though, a group of people who fall into what could be classified as a triad or quad is completely different from the formula hunters I've seen.
Indeed. The last thing I expected, or was looking for, was a triad. It just happened. No plan, no strategy. So no expectations - which is one reason it seems to work.

Now if only the children would be as enthusiastic Sigh.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:40 AM
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Agreed again Marcus. i guess how i look at my "quad' ideal is that I date a married man, my spouse dates his wife, so the four of us are linked that way but we girls and the two guys arent romantically involved. Im guessing its more likely? Though we arent by any means happens. We know a nice couple, if it happens it happens
I would stop trying to predict how relationships are going to form. The only thing you can reasonably count on by making these predictions is that you will get in the way of what could have happened organically.

Also, "quad" and "triad" suggest that all members are romantically involved with one another. What you described is a pair of couples who are dating each others spouses. Nothing wrong with it, just that calling it a "quad" confuses people like me who try to use words according to what they mean.
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Also, "quad" and "triad" suggest that all members are romantically involved with one another. What you described is a pair of couples who are dating each others spouses. Nothing wrong with it, just that calling it a "quad" confuses people like me who try to use words according to what they mean.
That is generally true of triads, but I don't think that is a hard and fast definition of a quad. It seems that most quads I read about (and the quad that appeared on Montel Williams) are just usually two couples intimately involved in each other's lives, with varying configurations of sexual involvement. Many, many quads just "swap" partners, but the women are not always sexually involved with each other. I believe that it is much rarer for all members of a quad to be sexually involved with each other.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:47 AM
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That is generally true of triads, but I don't think that is a hard and fast definition of a quad.
It's just confusing that there is an explicit distinction between the geometric shape of a vee versus a triad, but the quad (a closed shape like the triad) means something totally different.

So the word essentially means "closed couple partner exchange, or any variation of four individuals in which members may or may not be romantically involved" lol
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