New York Magazine Interviews Dr. Eli Sheff



Candice Jalili recently interviewed me for two articles for New York Magazine: Your Complete Guide to Making An Open Relationship Work, includes advice from sex therapist Courtney Watson,  

In 8 Signs a Monogamous Relationship Isn’t For You, Jalili gets it almost complete right, except for number 6. Rather than jealousy, anxiety, or insecurity being “almost disloyal” as Jalili quotes me, I actually think that they are so common as to be almost inevitable (see my Psychology Today blog that gives a long-term perspective on this topic, Some People Truly Don’t Feel Jealousy — Until They Do). I probably said/meant something like poly people can feel disloyal when they feel jealous because it violates polyamorous community norms that emphasize compersion over jealousy.

Image is of a magazine sitting on a wooden table with a cup of coffee and a flowering plant.


Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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