Episode 108: Navigating Consensual Non-Monogamy

July 8, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 108: Navigating Consensual Non-Monogamy


Survey studies find that about 1 in 5 people say they’re been in some type of sexually open relationship before. Despite how common consensual non-monogamy is, research, data, and information on it is pretty limited. And, oftentimes, it’s not addressed at all in psychology training programs. So, for today’s episode, we’re going to explore what you need to know about sexually open relationships.

I am joined by Dr. Michelle Vaughan, an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. She is the co-editor of the soon to be released Handbook of Consensual Non-Monogamy. Some of the topics we explore in this episode include:

  • What attitudes toward consensual non-monogamy look like today and how they’re changing.
  • The key strengths of those who practice consensual non-monogamy.
  • How to identify and lean into your own strengths in order to improve your relationship(s).
  • Tips and advice for navigating sexually open relationships.
  • How to know if consensual non-monogamy is right for you.
  • Common issues that arise in sexually open relationships (e.g., jealousy) and how to deal with them.
  • How to find an affirming therapist if you’re in an open relationship.

To learn more about Michelle and her work, visit her Google Scholar page, follow her on Twitter @MichelleDVPhd, and check out the Handbook of Consensual Non-Monogamy (or order on rowman.com and use discount code RLFANDF25 to save 25%).

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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