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How to Deal When Feelings Come Up | Swinging 101

April 8, 2020
When Feelings Come Up Swinging Lexi Sylver

Welcome back to my playground, my Lexual fiends and friends.

Navigating the world of swinging and consensual non-monogamy can hold many treasures that you and your partner may be eager to explore. Just like any other type of relationship, feelings may come up. Jealousy? Excitement? Discomfort? Worry? Fear? These are all normal emotions.

Feelings WILL come up!

It’s very unrealistic to think that you or your partner won’t have feelings come up at some point – even if you think you’ll be fine going into any given scenario. The trick is addressing them as soon as they come up. Make sure the foundation of communication in your relationship is a safe one: neither you nor your partner should feel scared or unwilling to talk about your feelings when they arise.

You can’t control your feelings, but you CAN control your actions.

When feelings come up, it can be easy to slip into being reactive and/or defensive. A successful partnership will require you to evolve reactivity to calm, effective communication. Instead of acting on impulse, take a moment to collect your feelings and think about how you want to relay those to your partner. If something has come up for us, it’s our responsibility to address it and how we communicate it effectively. Exploding at your partner and saying things you can’t take back will not only make it hard to surmount that specific situation, but can cause long-lasting hurt in your relationship.

Use strong communication and listening skills.

If we don’t communicate or listen, it’s a vicious cycle of misunderstanding, confusion, resentment, and can set you up for failure. Make sure to bring up your feelings early and candidly. On the flip side, make sure to listen to everything your partner has to say before responding. Place yourself in their shoes, be patient and listen, analyze, and discuss together CALMLY.

I feel/felt [emotion] when [whatever happened] because [why]. I need [what you need].

For example,

I felt jealous when I noticed that you were paying more attention to her than to me during our threesome, because I wanted to feel more included. I need you to be more aware next time and make sure you’re paying as much attention to me as you are to our new partner.

Take space and process how you can move forward together to avoid similar feelings in the future.

I mentioned avoiding reactivity above, for good reason. If we make impulse choices and actions based off of high emotions we may do a disservice to ourselves and our partner. Listen to your partner, take some space to process on your own to collect your thoughts. For instance, if you had a negative experience at a sex club one night, don’t come home and get into a screaming match – take time to sleep on it and think about it to start fresh the next day. Then when you’re both ready, come together to discuss a solution. Were these feelings avoidable? If they aren’t avoidable, what can each of you do to help minimize these feelings in the future?

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Lexi Sylver

I’m a shameless sexcapader, author of erotic tales, sexual educator of taboo topics and alternative relationships, pleasure toy sexpert, and advocate for sexual freedom. My mission is to empower you to shamelessly explore your Lexuality, stripping away your inhibitions and fears, so that you can freely pursue the fulfilling sex life and relationships you desire — and deserve. As your Lexual guide, I’ll help you map out your own erotic journey by giving you the tools you need to better connect with your own mind and body, communicate your desires and needs with your partners, and thrive in your customized, authentic lifestyle. I’m known for my passionate style and inclusive approach, drawing from my own real-life experiences to educate, entertain, and inspire you, all while helping you discover the realm of infinite erotic possibilities that await you once you open your mind to them. Whether you’re indulging in my erotic short stories, getting sex and relationship coaching from me, joining my webinars and events, reading my articles and blogs, perusing the sex toys in my shop, or listening to my podcasts, I strive to stimulate you to think about your sexuality in a new light — freely and fearlessly. Dare to delve deeper and explore YOUR Lexuality.


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