Compersion, Polyamory, and the Future of Relationship Diversity | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

Compersion, Polyamory, and the Future of Relationship Diversity | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

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Jul 11, 2024 6:30 pm

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WHAT IS COMPERSION?

What is compersion? Is it the “opposite” of jealousy, as it is usually believed? Is it an emotion or a behavior? What causes it to arise and bloom? Can we “learn” compersion or at least invite more of it into our lives?

Based on her seminal research with consensually non-monogamous (CNM) individuals, Dr. Marie Thouin unravels these questions and more in the first ever book to offer a comprehensive model of compersion and a practical road map to cultivating it. Indispensable for CNM individuals, therapists, counselors, and scholars, each chapter features compelling stories from real CNM people, making this scholarly book a captivating, relatable, and highly applicable read.

In addition, Thouin addresses the broader social context, explaining how understanding compersion is a groundbreaking step toward a world that supports relational diversity and freedom. By disrupting the idea that jealousy is the only valid response to intimacy beyond monogamy, the existence and practice of compersion builds the foundation for a completely new paradigm of loving relationships. This book and its conclusions have profound implications for many fields of study and practice including psychology, sexuality studies, philosophy and ethics, and the law.

While the content of this book is mostly geared toward readers interested in CNM and polyamory, it is also invaluable for monogamous people and anyone curious to learn about positive empathy, intentional relationships, and radical love.

A POLYAMORY DEVOTIONAL

Polyamory can be fun, sweet and even liberating. But ethical nonmonogamy can also take work. In A POLYAMORY DEVOTIONALl, relationship coach Evita “Lavitaloca” Sawyers streamlines the vast abstractions of “working on yourself” into a guided tour of rigorous self-reflection. Building upon her wealth of experience in fostering the journey from monogamy to nonmonogamy, Sawyers invites you to ask yourself the big questions. Can compersion and jealousy coexist? How do we hold space for hurt we didn’t cause? Through 365 daily prompts, you are encouraged to develop the tools of emotional diligence that will serve you for a lifetime. For those eager to love authentically but overwhelmed by the emotional process of polyamory, this is your reminder that you don’t have to do it alone.

Dr. Marie Thouin and Evita Sawyers are joining us on the virtual Busboys stage for a celebration event for their books WHAT IS COMPERSION? and A POLYAMORY DEVOTIONAL. Copies of their books will be available for purchase before and during the event, so make sure to order your copies before we’re out of stock! Your purchase of the book includes shipping anywhere in the United States via USPS.

This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of WHAT IS COMPERSION? and A POLYAMORY DEVOTIONAL will be available for purchase before and during the event. Please note that this event is virtual and will only be livestreamed.


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Dr. Marie Thouin (She/Her) is a leading expert on the topic of compersion (positive empathy) and the author of the groundbreaking book, "What is Compersion? Understanding Positive Empathy in Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships”. She has published seminal research studies, the first-ever encyclopedia entry on compersion, and is the creator of www.WhatIsCompersion.com, a popular website that features her research, blogs, and other resources on compersion. She is also the founder of Love InSight, a Mindful Dating & Relationship Coaching practice where she supports people of all backgrounds in creating intentional and vibrant love lives. Her work on compersion and mindful dating has been featured in several magazines and podcasts, including ELLE, the Savage Lovecast, and Multiamory. She believes in the power of conscious love to create a better world.

Evita “LaVitaLoca” Sawyers (She/Her) is a black, queer polyamory/nonmonogamy educator, speaker, coach, content creator, and author of “A Polyamory Devotional”. Subject of the documentary “Poly Love”, she is passionate about helping people navigate the transition from monogamy to non-monogamy and avoiding the common beginner pitfalls. She’s also the creator of “Today’s Polyamory Reminder”, daily snippets of wisdom for living non-monogamously.

She has been featured in several articles and podcasts including Vice, Yahoo.life, and the Multiamory podcast to name a few. Her voice is frank, candid, pragmatic, and vulnerable. She is known for her balanced approach to polyamory concepts and for embracing her humanness as a non-monogamous person.

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