Can You Love Two People at the Same Time? A Research Report

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


The contemporary U.S. American model of love is that it is essentially a dyadic bond between two and only two individuals. Out of this bond arises feelings of eroticism, passion, and companionship which somehow merge together to form a unified conceptual whole. Co-existing with this ideal is an alternative model that survives in the popular medium of films that holds out the possibility of simultaneously loving two people at the same time. Our study was designed to explore how individuals caught in a concurrent love bond experience and managed their relationships). Implications of our findings are discussed below.


Dual love; Polyamory; Sex differences; U.S. society


Anthropology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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