Romantic partners provide both erotic and nurturing experiences, though these may emerge more strongly in different phases of a relationship. Unlike individuals in monogamous relationships, those in polyamorous relationships can pursue multiple romantic relationships simultaneously, potentially allowing them to experience higher levels of eroticism and nurturance.
This research examined eroticism and nurturance among individuals in polyamorous and monogamous relationships. As expected, polyamorous participants experienced less eroticism but more nurturance in their relationships with their primary partner compared to secondary. Furthermore, people in polyamorous relationships reported more nurturance with primary partners and eroticism with secondary partners compared to people in monogamous relationships.
These findings suggest that polyamory may provide a unique opportunity for individuals to experience both eroticism and nurturance simultaneously. Keywords: polyamory; monogamy; nurturance; eroticism; relationship length *This manuscript has been accepted for publication in Social Psychology.
Nicole Balzarini, R., Dharma, C., Muise, A., and Kohut, T. (2018). Eroticism versus nurturance : how eroticism and nurturance differs in polyamorous and monogamous relationships. OSF. DOI : 10.31234/osf.io/s9hjz.