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The Truth About Lying To Someone You Love

Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A. | Posted 09.06.2016 | Divorce
Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A.

Many people don't want to lose a relationship that they have so much invested in, so they try and keep their secrets close. While it seems devastating when it is revealed, lying can offer an opportunity for couples to go deeper and understand where each of them stands, and what each of them really needs in the relationship.

What To Know Before Asking Your Spouse For An Open Marriage

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.23.2016 | Divorce

A strong open marriage is transparent, with specific, mutually-agreed upon ground rules. You may have other sexual partners, but you always return to ...

The Open Relationship Toolkit: 6 Keys To Success in Honest Outsourcing

Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A. | Posted 09.23.2016 | Women
Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A.

To begin honest outsourcing takes an acknowledgment that no one person, or relationship, can ever fulfill all of our desires or needs, nor should we want it to. Most people already acknowledge this in one way or another, but when it comes to outsourcing sex or romance many folks feel threatened.

Non-Monogamy Realness: The Pros and Cons of Honest Outsourcing

Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A. | Posted 09.16.2016 | Women
Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A.

Whenever we talk to anyone about non-monogamy, the first question we always get is "Yes, in theory, but do non-monogamous relationships really work?" The simple answer is yes.

Outsourcing Honestly: How Opening Up a Relationship Can Make it Stronger

Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A. | Posted 09.07.2016 | Weddings
Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A.

The belief that a lifetime of monogamy is the only way sets people up for a lot of pain and failure, as even most monogamous folks (a few unicorns aside) will generally have more than one partner in their lifetime.

My Ex Is My Best Friend: Friends for Life!

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Levithan

Christo and I were each other's "number one" for five years; then we were "exes with benefits"; now we are "friends for life." The majority of my best friends are my former partners and lovers. This surprises some people.

How Friends With Benefits Are Actually Benefitting Gen Y

Unwritten | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women

We're protecting our own feelings by putting up the same fronts that are basically shoved in our faces. In plain terms -- if they're cold, then be colder. If they're smart, then be smarter.

Why I Believe in Polyamory, But Still Feel It's Problematic

Frances Amaroux | Posted 12.21.2013 | Women
Frances Amaroux

I love the idea of polyamory. I've hung around poly communities, and helped scores of poly people with their relationships over the last 10 years of a 22-year career in counseling/coaching. But I have a fundamental concern...

WATCH: Sociologist Makes The Case For Open Marriages

Posted 07.23.2013 | Divorce

Marriages are healthiest when husbands and wives allow themselves to have sex outside their union, a sociologist who studies sex and monogamy argued o...

How Do Swingers' Websites Attract Members?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.01.2013 | Women

How do you meet other couples who might be interested in having sex with you? On the Internet, obviously. A new study from Gettysburg College, f...

Are They In An Open Marriage?

Posted 04.25.2013 | Divorce

From divorce rumors to open marriage speculation, the internet can't stop talking about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's relationship. Pinkett ...

Do Open Relationships Work?

Posted 04.18.2013 | Divorce

Are open marriages ever a good idea? That's the question HuffPost Divorce blogger Vicki Larson considered in a blog post Monday. Since so many "ro...


Gregory Cason, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gregory Cason, Ph.D.

Dan Savage coined the term "monogamish" to describe his relationship and others that do not exactly conform to the rigid construct of monogamy. As someone who believes that rigidity is at the heart of most, if not all, psychopathology, I was intrigued. It spoke to me.

Can Open Relationships Cure Jealousy?

Em & Lo, | Posted 10.15.2012 | Women We’ve always said that if you want to be in an open relationship, it helps if you’re the kind of advanced human being who is missi...

Open Relationships -- Innovative or Manipulative?

Danielle Sinay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Danielle Sinay

When I "cheated" on my significant other, it did not change my feelings towards him in the slightest bit. So when the whole "strictly monogamous" rule doesn't work, is an open relationship the right answer?

The Secret of Long-term Relationships

Marc Lesser | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Lesser

Constantly lowering your standards, in this context, means to forget standards completely: yours and even your spouse's.

The Secret Lives Of Married Men

Huffington Post | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

This week's New York magazine cover story delves into why the Spitzer scandal came as no surprise to a lot of married men. As the author explains, Wh...

The 'Un-Marriage' Trend: The Beginning Of The End Of An Institution?

Tango | Dan Eldridge | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It probably won't come as a major surprise that at this particular stage in my research, I began to wonder if the Unmarriage Trend, as I had taken to ...