"These are the things about yourself that are not likely to change.
They are the tenets you grew up believing and that deep down inside still seem to fit into your life no matter what else changes," says Jo Anne White, Ph D, a therapist and instructor at Temple University.
Open relationships have been around for centuries, but the way we talk about them (and the fact that we're talking about them at all) is a relatively recent development.
Along with the increased openness we now have around sex, there are more people showing interest in alternative relationship styles than in the past. I love my freedom and I get bored easily, so being in an open relationship seemed like something I would love. But along with loving it, there come challenges I couldn't have predicted.
Here are five ways to help you do just that: Understanding your core values is at the heart of truly knowing your needs.
The great thing about the challenges that come with open relationships is that they come with just as many opportunities to grow and humble your ego. The core of sexual tension in a relationship is polarity between the feminine and the masculine.
And you will be holding space for all of your partners, who will be going through the same things. The more we can step into these roles, the smoother the relationship, the better sex and the better everyday interactions.
Indeed, White tells Web MD that no matter how many qualities you put on your list of "must haves," nothing matters quite so much as finding someone who shares your core values.
If you're dating, I don't care who you're dating, you're out of God's will. There is biblical courtship, there is no recreational dating.