Sometimes things are really uncomfortable to read or to hear because I really need to read or hear them. The truth about a thing I’m not proud of makes me cringe. This happened this week. I’ve been doing some work on some insecurities and jealousies and judgements of my own and I came across Aggie’s post on Solopoly.net, titled “Entering an Existing Relationship. What’s the Problem?”. You can find that here. It’s pretty fucking brilliant and I recommend it to any non-monogamous person. Then I heard Minx’s podcast about it at PolyamoryWeekly.net, Episode 401 “Fuzzy Landmines”. You can find that here.
This first example.. yeah.. it hits really close to home.
EXAMPLE: Joe requires his wife Sarah to spend every weekend with him (and no other partner) as a symbol of his primary rank in her life. Joe and Sarah realize that admitting this to anyone, including potential partners, would highlight Joe’s insecurity, which would embarrass both Sarah and Joe.
So Sarah claims to be flexible about her time, but then avoids makings weekend dates with her boyfriend Sam. Rather than explain the true reason, Sarah always has an excuse ready when Sam asks or complains about this pattern. Or she tries to dismiss each instance as isolated and “not a big deal.” Such diversion cuts off opportunities for the three of them to explore options to collaboratively resolve the underlying issue of Joe’s insecurity and possessiveness.
Since Sam has a demanding weekday job, this time restriction significantly limits how his relationship with Sarah can develop. Eventually he breaks up with Sarah in angry, bitter frustration.
I’ve been here so many times this past year. Cleveland I have been working out some of our stuff, which mostly stems from my frustration at the limits of our relationship. We’ve talked about it now a few times, and he’s been a LOT more accessible and I’ve been pretty happy about that overall. We’ve had more time for relating.. more dates with things like trivia and trips to Ikea and watching a show. We’ve had time to do more than fuck and that’s really been pretty awesome. I hated bringing up at all with him that I’d been so unhappy with our once a week dinner and a fuck. And I didn’t want to be a pain in the ass and I wanted to be very sensitive to his situation. I don’t want to be too demanding. Continue reading