I've been poly for many years, and I haven't really had to think about this particular problem in a long time. I came across this recently when friend was struggling with telling their family about their lifestyle, and how their family didn't understand and were worried, etc.
I felt this was a good, even handed, goal oriented approach that redirected the concerns into informed understanding and support. I think the author's monogamous lifestyle could also create a point of relatability for a worried monogamous family member. There is plenty of good information, anecdotes, and reassurances that will go a long way in furthering the conversation where possible.
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When Someone You Love Is Polyamorous: Understanding Poly People and Relationships Paperback – 1 March 2016
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About the Author
Dr. Elisabeth Sheff is an educational consultant and expert witness serving sexual and gender minorities. She is the author of The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families as well as numerous academic and legal articles about polyamory, gender, families, and sexual minorities.
- Language : English
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996460187
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996460187
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I felt this was a good, even handed29 April 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
15 people found this helpful
Understanding poly without making it about morality or superiority4 November 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
As a completely monogamous person, I needed something to read that would help me understand polyamory better without making it a moral issue or making me feel like there was something inherently wrong with me for being monogamous. This book was it.
3 people found this helpful
It's an encyclopedia entry21 December 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book as an aid to help loved ones understand a bit more about polyamory and allay the fears they might have. Unfortunately, this only reads like an encyclopedia entry, defining terms and speaking matter-of-factly about the concept of polyamory. It does nothing to address any moral or irrational fears of the unknown that a loved one of a polyamorous person might have. As a tool to define the term, it is sufficient. But as a tool to help those you love come to grips with your decision, it's lacking.
4 people found this helpful
Great book22 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Simple to understand, straight forward and short. Might make the 'coming out' a bit easier to explain. Plus I'd rather they get an idea of what it is by reading it themselves. I would obviously be biased.
6 people found this helpful
Great information!24 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Very pleased with the information provided. It made a great addition to other resources, some of which are listed at the end. Highly recommend for both new poly people and monogamous people trying to understand poly.
3 people found this helpful