Updated: OCTOBER 14, 2019
An inclusive relationship is an intimate relationship where all parties retain their autonomy. The people in an inclusive relationship are free to date and form attachments to other people.
An inclusive relationship is the opposite of an exclusive Rrlationship, where all parties agree to only see and develop an intimate relationship with one another.
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An inclusive relationship may involve two or more people of any gender or sexuality. People who have inclusive relationships typically regard themselves as polyamorous.
It’s important to note that for a relationship to be called inclusive, all parties must consent to their lovers dating and forming attachments with other people. If this consent isn’t given, then forming attachments outside the relationship is cheating.
The term inclusive relationship is most commonly used to denote romantic or sexual relationships. While these types of relationships are not the social norm, platonic inclusive relationships are. We’re often taught from a young age to encourage other people to join our circle and avoid judging them. Having inclusive platonic relationships helps most members of society feel accepted. We also accept that it’s rare to find friends that share all our interests or meet all our needs, so we have several friends. People that form inclusive intimate relationships also report feeling accepted and finding people that can meet a variety of their needs through the bonds they form.
Despite their benefits, inclusive relationships are not for everybody. There’s a greater risk of jealousy and miscommunication in these relationships, so establishing boundaries and keeping the lines of communication open is key. It’s also important to practice safe sex while ever new partners are free to enter the relationship.