How do you know it’s time to introduce your metamours to each other? How do you talk to your kids about your poly relationships? What about your friends? All relationships impact other aspects of our lives, and polyamory is no exception. Hear it all on this episode of the Queer Joy Podcast; where two relationship therapists explore what it looks like to see joy in queer relationships.
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Melisa: The research supports that in non-monogamy there's less jealousy reported than in monogamy. We take away, the jealousy by meeting and making things clearer and bringing things into the light so we don't have the whatifs, and all of this room for our brain to fill in the gaps with the worst case scenario. Keely: Hi, Melisa. Melisa: Hello. Welcome back everyone to Queer Relationships, Queer Joy. Keely: Welcome. All right. So today, it's just the two of us. We just finished up interviewing a couple of weeks . We had the mother's day one, which is awesome. And we talked about the complications of the many different relationships in lives. What do you think about that? Melisa: Sounds relatable. Keely: Yeah. I have been thinking a lot. I was actually just listening to the episode from Multiamory that was talking about metamours. And that really inspired me, not just to talk about metamours, but to talk about all these different dynamics within relationships. And it's not, not just polyamory because let's face it, just because you're monogamous in a monogamous sexual, romantic relationship. There are still complications around relationships sometimes. Melisa: Yeah. We've talked about community before on the podcast and I think this theme is very much in line with that. We're talking about when we get to that point in relationships where we're wanting to integrate our community, whoever we're seeing, our friends with family, with coworkers, even with the people that we associate with and expand those relationships in a bigger way. Keely: Yeah. How do we integrate? That's a great label. I feel like I say this so much, but it's like how to even... I can say that there's many, many layers to my relationships right now. And just when I thought I was simplifying thing, like legit, I I'm not on dating apps right now. I was like, oh, I'm going to get off dating apps for a moment, pause, I think I said that earlier, but if I didn't, I am pausing from that. And yet. There's all these relationship things coming up. For those that listen to Cameron Esposito, and if I'm butchering their name, I apologize to. I would love if