• Designer Relationships

  • A Guide to Happy Monogamy, Positive Polyamory, and Optimistic Open Relationships
  • By: Mark A. Michaels, Patricia Johnson
  • Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (239 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid evolution. These changes can and should empower people with the opportunity to develop partnerships based on their own sexualities, understandings, and agreements. This makes it possible to create what Kenneth Haslam, founder of the Kinsey Institute's Polyamory Archive, has called designer relationships. The possibilities are limitless, and thinking about a partnership as something people can craft allows for flexibility and change. Relationships can open and close or have varying degrees and kinds of openness as circumstances demand. In the context of a designer relationship, decisions are made mutually, consciously, and deliberately. Best-selling authors and relationship experts Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels are exemplars of this life choice, and have studied polyamory for over 20 years.

©2015 Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Open Minded? Give this a go.

Highly recommended if you have an interest in Ethical Non-Monogamy and are looking for something more academic then say More Than Two.

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This book breaks it all down!

A very thorough breakdown of what consensual Non-monogamy relationships are. Very well researched it provided extra insights that haven't been included in other open relationship books.

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It was okay not the best

It was good for what it was, but didn't really like the writing style. I think there could less about their personal story

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Read this. Just...read it.

I loved this book. I found so much I could relate to. A good read for anyone who feels like monogamy on repeat is a living hell.

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high quality content. well performed. interesting

high quality content. well performed. interesting and challenging. it helped me and my partner a lot

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A good primer for anyone to listen to :)

A useful introduction to a broader range of relationship possibilities and a good way to begin reframing the way you see and approach relationships in a less rigid way that could prevent many misconceptions that doom relationships to excess drama and even failure right from the start.

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well written, but overpriced

I bought this on 1 credit, I don't think it's worth 24 for being as short as it is. I think it is worth the listen if you want something concise and broad for considering alternatives to normative-nuclear-sexual-and-emotional-monogamy. I would recommend the Ethical Slut over this if you have a vague idea of polyamory already and want something more thorough.

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very academic

This book defined all terms and gave a lot of modern history about polyamory.

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Impressively well written!

This book is extremely well done. It takes into account many perspectives of how to be open without judgment.

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Perfect description for relationships

I like the way the authors describe different relationships as "designer relationships", and this is actually a good umbrella for all relationships that are not what used to be traditional. The authors also delve into thoughts and feelings of partners even if they are not in a designer relationship. They explore relationship power dynamics, insecurity issues, and other matters that exist regardless of the type of relationship.

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Thought provoking and interesting.

Really useful overview of the choices and approaches available today in the sphere of relationships. Good insight and instruction with emphasis on kindness and ethics. Recommended for those questioning the 'norm'.

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  • 05-19-22

not really about, what the titles about

to me this is more why the history and statistic tells us that all censensual relationship structures are valid, than a book about "designer relationships" honestly it also feels like this should have come with a warning that it is a companion to their other book.

several times they talk as if you've read it, which I have not.

there's value in this book, but one needs to dig past the endless lists, references to other books and tales of the past.

I would recommend this book, but not if it is the only one you'll read on nonmonogamy. I would prob recommend it as the third on a list of books to read about nonmonogamy.