Some people just don't fit the monogamous mold that society tends to expect from those in relationships. If you find yourself wanting to pursue a second relationship while maintaining the first, all while being open about it with your current partner, polyamory may be the answer. There are things to know about being polyamorous, however, that can help you negotiate what can sometimes be a bumpy path toward finding your ideal relationship set-up.
Despite assumptions, polyamory isn't having an affair while in a monogamous relationship; it's about honesty and respect for the people you love and care for, and mutual consent. Sometimes a polyamorous unit will live together as a group, sharing things like household duties and bank accounts. Other times, there will be a primary relationship, with both members dating other people, long-term. It can be complicated, and easily misunderstood by those who don't practice polyamory, but if it's what you feel you are hard-wired to be, then pursuing those multiple relationships might be what fulfills you.
If all of this feels like it's hitting the mark, take a read through these nine things to know about being polyamorous.