Love Maps: Exploring Polyamory Part One


Dr. Eli Sheff covers the basics of polyamory: what it is, how it's distinct from other forms of consensual non-monogamy, and how people practice it in real life.

In this two-part episode of the AIB Network's Love Maps series, Licensed Professional Counselor and Love Maps Therapist Elaine Wilco and I sat down to discuss polyamory. Here in Part One, I cover the basics of polyamory — what it is, how it's distinct from other forms of consensual non-monogamy, and how people practice it in real life — emphasizing the importance of open and honest communication with everyone involved. Click here to watch Part Two.


Dr. Elisabeth "Eli" Sheff

"Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is a researcher, expert witness, coach, speaker, and educational consultant. With a PhD in Sociology and certification as a Sexuality Educator from the AASECT (the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children and her 20+ year Polyamorous Family Study is the only longitudinal study of poly families with children to date. Sheff’s first book, The Polyamorists Next Door (2014 hardback and ebook, 2015 paperback and audiobook), details the findings of the first 15 years of her research on polyamorous families with children. Her second book, Stories from the Polycule (2015), is an edited anthology of writings by polyamorous folks. When Someone You Love is Polyamorous (2016) is Sheff’s shortest book that guides family members and significant others who are trying to understand a polyamorous loved one."
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