LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR: EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCE OF INDIVIDUALS IN POLYAMOROUS RELATIONSHIP

Daniel Castro | Joseph Ian Jasper Remigio | Asst. Prof. Geselle Manguiat, RPm, RPsy |

November 14, 2019
Psychology

With the continuous expansion of the internet, people are seeking for different kinds of intimate relationships This includes the relationship form called polyamory, a relationship structure that allows the people involved to have multiple partners, consensual and honest relationship. It is distinguished from other forms of nonmonogamous relationships (i.e. cheating or infidelity, swinging, and polygamy). Thus, leading the researchers to provide a study regarding its existence despite conducting it in a highly monogamous culture particularly in the Philippines and combined with the scarcity of local literature. The researchers sought to provide a definition of polyamory in the Philippines through the lived experience of the participants in the study. The researchers have interviewed 5 individuals who are currently engaged in a polyamorous set-up. The analysis resulted to 2 themes relating to how their lived experience can typify polyamory in the Philippines. The participants describe it as being in a relationship formed with consent, honesty, and commitment that could vary in the set-up of the people involved in it. These variations could include having partners who are romantic, sexual, and platonic, polyamorous, monogamous etc.

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