Healthy relationships bring out the best in you and make you feel good about yourself. And the best romantic relationships are based around trust and mutuality. Be aware that everyone’s romantic relationship is a little different, and at the same time they are the same. If you are wondering, what are the different relationship types that exist, we’ll try to go over them clearly.
What is a Relationship?
A relationship is where people in a relationship are connected by a mutual commitment to each other. You and the person you’re with have agreed, either officially or unofficially, that you are involved with each other exclusively and are in some sort of a partnership or relationship together.
Monogamous relationships are generally the first types of relationships that people learn about as they are the most traditional, and monogamous relationships are usually the easiest for children to understand. This is the most common type of relationships that are exhibited by their parents. Those in monogamous relationships only have one sexual/romantic partner at a time. Most people who enter into “traditional” relationships and marriages do so because they want to be monogamous.
That’s why some choose to enter into polyamorous relationships instead. When someone is polyamorous, that means they have more than one romantic relationship at a time. Often, polyamorous couples have a primary partner, a secondary partner, etc. with the understanding that these “rankings” can change as their individual needs do. Others treat every simultaneous relationship they are engaging in as perfectly equal. The key to any successful relationship, but especially polyamorous ones, is to make certain that there is always honest and effective communication between all parties involved.
In a way, open relationships are a hybrid of monogamous and polyamorous relationships. While an open relationship allows both partners to share physical intimacy with anyone they want, they reserve their emotional intimacy for each other. So each person can have as many sexual partners as they want, but only one romantic partner.
Long Distance Relationships
A long-distance relationship is pretty self-explanatory, as they only occur when partners have a long amount of distance separating them. Due to the lack of physical intimacy caused by the couple’s physical separation, some choose to open their relationship while they live far apart. While the “long-distance” part of this relationship type is often temporary, some couples choose to live happily ever apart indefinitely.
Casual Sex Relationships
In a casual sex relationship, sexual partners agree to have sex with each other on a regular basis. Those in casual sex relationships can be physically and/or emotionally intimate with others as well. so long as both people are OK with it. Casual sex relationships can also be “exclusive”, which is similar to monogamous relationships, but a casual sex relationship comes without the emotional connection.
Some people are asexual, meaning they don’t experience sexual desire or attraction to others, but they still want to participate in a romantic relationship. While asexual people often choose to date each other to create a purely asexual relationship, this is not always the case. When an asexual person and a sexual person enter into a relationship, it can take a few different forms, according to the Asexuality Visibility & Education Network. The couple can choose to be completely sexless, or the asexual partner can “compromise” by engaging in sex occasionally under certain circumstances, or partners can experiment with “pseudosexual behavior,” such as cuddling, to find an arrangement that works for both.