For the answers to these questions, I spoke with Dr. Lucia O’Sullivan, a Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on sexual and romantic relationships and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research.
Some of the topics we discuss in this episode include:
- What does it mean to be “monogamous?” Do different people define monogamy in different ways?
- Why is it a bad idea to assume monogamy in a relationship?
- What works and what doesn’t when it comes to maintaining monogamy? Is there anything you can do to “cheat-proof” your relationship?
- What happens when someone in a monogamous relationship develops a crush on someone else? When is this harmless, and when does it become a threat to the relationship?
- Are some people better equipped to maintain monogamy than others?
- What happens when someone “poaches” a partner from another relationship? How do those relationships tend to work out?
- What does sex education look like around the world?
To learn more about Lucia, check out her Psychology Today blog “At First Blush” and her website SexMeetsRelationships.com
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