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Demystifying Polyamory

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“While mental health professionals are trained to withhold judgment, maintain open-mindedness, and demonstrate unconditional positive regard towards clients, polyamory continues to be mystified, and consequently, stigmatized and pathologized. Generalizations are often made and myths are reinforced based on the very limited experiences and brief encounters that therapists have had in their practice. For example, according to Krantz, one of the most widely held misconceptions about polyamory is that it is “just about sex” or for “oversexualized greedy people.” This leads to misinformed interventions and further marginalizing individuals that are already marginalized in many ways. Many individuals whom I have spoken to have identified ignorance as a major problem and barrier in accessing effective mental health treatment and support simply because of the number of partners they have or their identity as being “poly.”