What exactly is Polyamory?

Derived from the Greek for for “many” (poly-) and the Latin word for “love” (amor), polyamory means many loves. However, in practice, polyamory is often defined as “consensual non-monogamy,” which means open, honest, transparent agreement among partners to love more than one.

While it is a matter of controversy, some people believe that they are hard-wired or born polyamorous. For others, it is viewed as a lifestyle choice.

Other lifestyle choices and relationship agreements like swinging, polygamy, and open relationships may or may not overlap with polyamory. Polyamory may be a practice, a lifestyle, an identity, or an orientation.

A 2014 study found that polyamorous individuals scored higher on relationship-related variables such as conscientiousness and agreeableness than their monogamous counterparts.

Support Group

Chicago Polyamory MeetUp Group

Meets monthly on 1st Saturdays, 10am – 12pm (CST).

Founded by polyamory and kink aware elders, Rami Henrich and Cindy Trawinski, this group is a community building effort formed in response to interest from the polyamory community. Antonia Jurkovic, Psy.D. joins Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D. as an ongoing co-facilitator. View upcoming and archived events on the LifeWorks Psychotherapy website.

If you are a member, you may RSVP at the Chicago Polyamory Meetup site.

Polyamory Reading and Resources

Below are KPACT’s recommended educational resources on polyamory and consensual/ethical non monogamy.

Academic Articles

Research Organizations


General Information

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