Review: Why Couples in open relationships are less jealous and always happy


According to a new study, people in open relationships are less jealous than those in committed (exclusive) relationships.

The study which was conducted at the University of Michigan analysed different relationships among participants older than age 25.

The sample included more than 2,100 people: 1,500 were in monogamous relationships while 600 were in open relationships.

Satisfaction, commitment, trust, jealousy and passionate love were the relationships components taken into cognizance.

People in consensual open relationships, scientists found, had high levels of satisfaction and trust.

They were also found to be as happy as couples in monogamous relationships.

“Overall, the outcomes for monogamous and consensual non-monogamous participants were the same – indicating no net benefit of one relationship style over another,” said lead author, Terri Conley, an associate professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan.

“People who believe in sexual destiny are using their sex life as a barometer for how well their relationship is doing, and they believe problems in the bedroom equal problems in the relationship as a whole,” said Jessica Maxwell, a PhD candidate in the department of psychology at the University of Toronto.

“Whereas people who believe in sexual growth not only believe they can work on their sexual problems, but they are not letting it affect their relationship satisfaction.”

The results of the study were published in the journal of Perspectives on Psychological Science

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