Polyamory in the 21st Century: Love and Intimacy with Multiple Partners

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 16, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 260 pages
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Unlike other books on this topic, Polyamory in the 21st Century weaves together research and facts to provide an informed and impartial analysis of polyamory as a lifestyle and as a movement, and to place it in a psychosocial as well as an historical context. Anecdotes and personal experiences allow the reader to develop a better understanding of polyamory and the people who practice and enjoy it. Anapol addresses the practical, the utopian, and the shadow sides of this intriguing, mysterious, yet often threatening lifestyle. It honestly addresses difficult issues such as the nature of commitment without exclusivity, balancing personal needs with loyalty to a partner, evaluating beliefs about love and relationship, the impact of polyamory on children, and the challenges that arise when one partner wants monogamy and another prefers polyamory. Without judgement, she explores this increasingly common practice, and reveals the true nature of a lifestyle that many do not understand.
 

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Anapol (Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits) has taught for 25 years at the university level and has been a relationship coach, seminar leader, and participant observer. Her simplest explanation of ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 01 WHAT IS POLYAMORY?
1
Chapter 02 WHO CHOOSES POLYAMORY AND WHY?
19
Chapter 03 THE HISTORY OF POLYAMORY
45
Chapter 04 THE ETHICS OF POLYAMORY
65
Chapter 05 THE POLYAMOROUS PERSONALITY
87
Chapter 06 THE CHALLENGE OF JEALOUSY
105
Chapter 07 POLYAMORY AND CHILDREN
127
Chapter 08 COMINGOUT ISSUES
159
Chapter 09 CROSSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVES
183
Chapter 10 POLYAMORY IN MYTH ARCHETYPES AND HUMAN EVOLUTION
213
Chapter 11 THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF POLYAMORY
229
NOTES
245
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
INDEX
255
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
271
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Deborah Anapol is the author of Polyamory: The New Love without Limits and The Seven Natural Laws of Love. She has taught psychology and human sexuality at the University of Washington in Seattle and Antioch University in San Francisco. She leads seminars on love, sex, and intimacy around the country and the world.

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