How do you keep one deteriorating or unhealthy relationship from affecting others?

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5:05 Topic: How to keep one bad relationship from affecting others

bad influence lolcatMinx and LustyGuy give advice to listener S who wrote in to ask how you keep one dead or deteriorating relationship from affecting your other relationships?

  • First, your relationships are part of who you are, so there is no way to 100% avoid one affecting others. However, you can minimize the effect.
  • Good general rule: never complain about one partner to another. It’s unfair to both your partner (who can’t speak up for herself) and her metamour (your new partner), who is only getting one side of the story. Your new partner isn’t your therapist.
  • Get a therapist. 🙂 Ending your first poly relationship is nothing to sneeze at, especially when it involves continued cohabitation and transitioning to friendship without a break.
  • Be wary of transferring “anchorship.”

15:45 Happy Poly Moment

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18:35 Feedback

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23:25 Thanks

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  1. great episode, Minx, thanks! just a quick pronunciation correction: Worchester, Mass is pronounced “wooster” as in “jeeves & wooster” or “worchestershire sauce”. Most place names ending in “-chester” are the same:

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