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I initially expected the polyamorous people I met to tell me that there were times their relationships made them sick with envy.After all, how could someone listen to his significant other’s stories of tragedy and conquest in the dating world, as Michael regularly does for Sarah, and not feel possessive?
(This stigma is also why, with the exception of the Northern Virginia triad, all of the other polyamorous sources in this article asked to go either by their first names or pseudonyms).
Increasingly, polyamorous people—not to be confused with the prairie-dress-clad fundamentalist polygamists—are all around us.
Of the three people living in the Northern Virginia duplex, Sarah volunteers that she’s the one most prone to jealousy.
“It can be about feeling like you’re not special, or feeling like this thing belonged to me and now someone’s taken it.”She said it was rough for her when Jonica first moved in.
Elisabeth Sheff, a sociologist who interviewed 40 polyamorous people over the course of several years for her recent book, , says that polyamorous configurations with more than three people tend to be rarer and have more turnover.