Can polygamy work? According to Chris and Robyn Alesich, the founders of the largest polygamist dating site, SisterWives.com, it can work, but it takes a lot of work and the right people.
In this Causes or Cures podcast episode, I chat with polygamist couple Robyn and Chris about their chosen lifestyle of polygamy and how it relates to mental well-being, relationship health, the current epidemic of loneliness and the universal feeling of jealousy. Loneliness is considered a top public health threat and is linked to a myriad of health problems, including premature death. Chris and Robyn say polygamy is the opposite of loneliness. Jealousy ruins so many relationships, so how do polygamists make it work? Is it ever possible to overcome jealousy? Chris and Robyn say it is.
Chris and Robyn live in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and are very honest and open about polygamy, including the good, the bad and the ugly. This isn’t a marketing pitch for polygamy, it’s just a conversation with two people and an opportunity for you, the listener, to sideline your preconceived notions, tune in and learn. By the way, around the time I did this interview, Chris and Robyn had just ended a really traumatic relationship with a woman, and they weren’t in the best of moods. They were upset, fatigued and angry, you know, like every single one of us after a bad breakup. Still, they were gracious enough to do the interview and talked about the breakup, how it impacted them as a couple and how it affected their views of polygamy. The conversation is raw, honest, fun and funny, and I hope you listen with an open mind.
In case you are interested, I conducted a previous interview with Robyn and Chris on the mental health benefits of polygamy, so this podcast also serves as a follow-up from that. That post turned out to be wildly popular, so if it makes sense to you, read that first and then listen to this podcast.
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