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Summary

Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid evolution. These changes can and should empower people with the opportunity to develop partnerships based on their own sexualities, understandings, and agreements. This makes it possible to create what Kenneth Haslam, founder of the Kinsey Institute's Polyamory Archive, has called designer relationships. The possibilities are limitless, and thinking about a partnership as something people can craft allows for flexibility and change. Relationships can open and close or have varying degrees and kinds of openness as circumstances demand. In the context of a designer relationship, decisions are made mutually, consciously, and deliberately. Best-selling authors and relationship experts Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels are exemplars of this life choice, and have studied polyamory for over 20 years.

©2015 Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Thought provoking and interesting.

Really useful overview of the choices and approaches available today in the sphere of relationships. Good insight and instruction with emphasis on kindness and ethics. Recommended for those questioning the 'norm'.

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  • morgan
  • 04-01-17

It was okay not the best

It was good for what it was, but didn't really like the writing style. I think there could less about their personal story

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  • Marc
  • 26-06-18

high quality content. well performed. interesting

high quality content. well performed. interesting and challenging. it helped me and my partner a lot

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-18

Open Minded? Give this a go.

Highly recommended if you have an interest in Ethical Non-Monogamy and are looking for something more academic then say More Than Two.

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  • Rhett
  • 05-02-18

A good primer for anyone to listen to :)

A useful introduction to a broader range of relationship possibilities and a good way to begin reframing the way you see and approach relationships in a less rigid way that could prevent many misconceptions that doom relationships to excess drama and even failure right from the start.

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  • Michael
  • 08-11-17

Good for a clinical understanding

I found it good but complex language saying what we mostly know but never thought how to put it in words. I found it is written for one doctor explaining to anothet doctor what poly is all about. I think the author could risk giving a little more personal opinion . I enjoyed it but didnt learn as much as I expected. I might be a little demanding that way so consider that when reading the comment