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Monogamy By Default

Monogamy By Default

Are you part of the majority who simply accept monogamy as the default relationship model in society, without really ever questioning it? If so, it's time to dive into the fascinating concept of "monogamy by default" and explore why it is so prevalent and what it means for your own relationships. By understanding and analyzing it, you can make a conscious decision about what kind of relationship model works best for you.

What is Monogamy By Default?

Monogamy by default is the idea that most individuals enter into monogamous relationships simply because it is the societal and cultural norm, rather than making an active, intentional decision about their preferred relationship structure. In most societies, monogamy is presented as the standard and expected way to engage in relationships, resulting in a default setting for many people. But is this really the best option for everyone?

Why is Monogamy the Default Option?

Many factors contribute to monogamy being the default option in our society, including cultural, historical, and even biological influences:

  • Cultural: Most cultures around the world value and promote monogamy as the ideal relationship structure. From religious teachings to societal expectations, monogamy has been ingrained in our collective mindset for centuries.
  • Historical: Historically, monogamy has been the most prevalent relationship model, largely due to economic factors and the need for stable family units for the upbringing of children. While some societies such as indigenous communities did not always adhere to this model, they were often the exception, not the rule.
  • Biological: Some argue that humans may have a biological predisposition towards monogamy, though this is still a subject of debate among scientists. However, it is important to note that biology may not be the sole determinant, as human beings are known to be highly adaptable across different contexts and environments.

Monogamy By Default: Pros and Cons

While monogamy by default has its advantages, it is not the only relationship model around, and it may not always be the best fit for everyone. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

Pros:

  • Monogamy provides a stable and committed relationship environment that facilitates emotional intimacy and trust.
  • Monogamous relationships minimize the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
  • Legal and societal benefits, such as medical and financial decision-making rights.

Cons:

  • Being in a monogamous relationship by default may not allow individuals to fully explore and realize their desires, needs, and relationship preferences.
  • Some people may experience boredom, dissatisfaction, or feeling trapped in their monogamous relationships over time.
  • Unrealistic expectations of monogamy can lead to infidelity and the breakdown of trust in a relationship.

Monogamy By Default Example:

Imagine a couple, Mark and Jenny, who have been together for eight years. They met in college and have been monogamous since the beginning of their relationship, simply because they believed that's what "committed" couples do. However, as time goes on, they find themselves often fantasizing about other partners and wonder if they're missing out on certain experiences.

After reading about non-monogamous relationship models and discussing their desires openly, Mark and Jenny might start considering an open relationship or polyamory as a potential alternative to their monogamous arrangement. Had they not questioned "monogamy by default" and explored their options, they might have continued on a path that wasn't truly fulfilling or suited to their needs and desires.

Understanding and questioning "monogamy by default" is the first step in making conscious decisions about your relationship model. Whether you ultimately choose monogamy, non-monogamy, or polyamory, the key is to engage in deep self-reflection and open communication with your partner(s) to find what works best for you.

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Caitlin Schmidt

Caitlin Schmidt, Ph.D., is a revered figure in relationship psychology and a celebrated sex therapist with over 15 years of deep-rooted experience. Renowned for her compassionate approach and penetrating insights, Caitlin has dedicated her career to enriching people's understanding of love, intimacy, and the myriad relationship forms that exist in our complex world.Having worked with diverse individuals and couples across the spectrum of monogamy, non-monogamy, and polyamory, she brings a wealth of real-life wisdom and academic knowledge to her writing. Her compelling blend of empathy, sharp intellect, and unwavering professionalism sets her apart in the field.Caitlin's mission, both as a practitioner and as a contributor to The Monogamy Experiment, is to educate, inspire, and provoke thoughtful discussion. She believes in fostering a safe, judgment-free space for people to explore their relationship dynamics, ensuring her readers feel seen, heard, and understood.With every article, Caitlin continues her commitment to shine a light on the realities, challenges, and beauty of human connection. Her expertise makes her an indispensable guide as you navigate your journey through the landscape of love and relationships.

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About Caitlin Schmidt

Caitlin Schmidt, Ph.D., is a revered figure in relationship psychology and a celebrated sex therapist with over 15 years of deep-rooted experience. Renowned for her compassionate approach and penetrating insights, Caitlin has dedicated her career to enriching people's understanding of love, intimacy, and the myriad relationship forms that exist in our complex world.Having worked with diverse individuals and couples across the spectrum of monogamy, non-monogamy, and polyamory, she brings a wealth of real-life wisdom and academic knowledge to her writing. Her compelling blend of empathy, sharp intellect, and unwavering professionalism sets her apart in the field.Caitlin's mission, both as a practitioner and as a contributor to The Monogamy Experiment, is to educate, inspire, and provoke thoughtful discussion. She believes in fostering a safe, judgment-free space for people to explore their relationship dynamics, ensuring her readers feel seen, heard, and understood.With every article, Caitlin continues her commitment to shine a light on the realities, challenges, and beauty of human connection. Her expertise makes her an indispensable guide as you navigate your journey through the landscape of love and relationships.

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