Surviving an Open Marriage: Not As Easy as You Think

While some couples may entertain or even speak openly about wanting an “open marriage” to address infidelity or changing needs in a marriage, the “doing” of it is not so easy due to a combination of societal norms and real emotions.  However, some researchers interested in open marriages say the phenomenon, which may run the spectrum from casual dating to sex to polyamory,  could represent a “new monogamy” and help redefine and save some marriages.  Whether it works may depend on how “open” the couple is to dealing with real emotions they may not have anticipated when entertaining the idea in theory.  Couples therapy may help.