I have been with my partner for over a year. We have a fantastic relationship and we are very close. We strive to maintain a non-possessive, non-authoritarian relationship, so he encourages me to exercise my freedom and spend time with others. I started spending time with another friend about 4 months ago and we like each other very much. We have never discussed the nature of our relationship but I have been led to believe that he is looking for a monogamous relationship. My partner does not think I have a reason to tell my friend about us as the expectations in place are unreasonable (as in for me to explain who or how I am choosing to spend my time). However, because I know how these things are viewed, and I do not want my friend to be hurt, I feel that we should have a conversation to discuss how we view relationships so we can be on the same page. Do you have any advice for me?
Stick only with people who want open relationships and enjoy them while they last.
Yes. Stick only with people who want open relationships and enjoy them while they last.
Your partner’s selfish take on how to handle this situation doesn’t speak well for your (non-possessive, non-authoritarian) future, in my humble opinion.