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Compersion

A feeling of joy when a partner invests in and takes pleasure from another romantic or sexual relationship.

Compersion can be thought of as the opposite of “jealousy;” it is a positive emotional reaction to a lover’s other relationship.

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Poly

Abrreviation for the many subsets of polyamory

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Polyamorous

A person who practices polyamory is said to be polyamorous

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Robert A. Heinlein

More than 40 years after the influential works of Heinlein were published, people still point to reading Heinlein’s science fiction writings as the catalyst that brought them to exploring polyamorous lifestyles.

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