The benefits of open relationships

The benefits of open relationships
Open relationships are relationships where one or both partners engage consensually in relationships and sex with other people. These kinds of relationships allow a couple to be sexually open and promiscuous without cheating or causing undue strife to their relationship. Generally in these situations the open relationship itself will constitute the primary relationship with others forming casual relationships or simply flings. Open relationships can have a number of benefits over a “normal” relationship and we decided to explore these with a view to understanding whether an open relationship can be right for you.
With that in mind we decided to start with the considerations rather than the benefits. The following points will largely determine the suitability of an open relationship for you so are worth considering.
1. Would you be happy sharing your sexual partner?
2. Do you get jealous?
3. Are you comfortable engaging in casual sex?
4. Do you have trust issues?
5. Would you be comfortable not knowing where your partner is or who they are with?
6. Are you likely to feel insecure or inadequate compared to other sexual partners your partner may sleep with?
7. How do you see your current relationship and where do you see its future?
Your answers to these questions will give you a good indication of whether you would still be able to enjoy an open relationship with your partner. If you are jealous, have trust issues, would feel inadequate or you wouldn’t really like your partner “sleeping around” then you might want to consider not starting or accepting an open relationship. If you see the relationship having a long term future then you will need to understand how having an open relationship might affect that future. Bearing these things in mind we now turn to look at the benefits an open relationship can have.
The obvious benefit is sexual freedom. Being able to sleep with anyone you like without having to b cheating or feel guilty can be a liberating experience. The key benefit is that you can and will still be in a loving and committed relationship but you don’t have to be sexually faithful. Many people struggle with sexual fidelity and this can make a relationship much easier for them and take away a lot of the pain and emotional turmoil cheating can usually cause. If you are the kind of person who cheats or has difficulty staying faithful to one partner then you might consider seeking an open relationship in order to have a successful relationship.
Likewise, if you are relatively sexually inexperienced and would like to “play the field” as it were whilst still maintaining a committed relationship then an open relationship can be beneficial as it allows you the breathing room to experiment without jeopardising your actual relationship.
Finally, open relationships can overcome many of the problems couples face – jealousy, sexual problems, intimacy problems, cheating and dare we say it boredom and stagnation. Whilst open relationship can’t and won’t be like this most of the time they have a potential to create a healthier relationship amongst couples who can accept the openness part to their relationship by allowing them freedom to have fun whilst still understanding that they love their partner and will continue to be with them.