Conversations with Dr. Elisabeth Sheff about the Evolution of Diverse Relationships and the Bonding Project
Today’s episode is part of our Conversations series. I am just one voice in this relationship diversity movement. And it’s important to bring more unique perspectives into the conversation. Today I’ll be talking with Dr. Elisabeth Sheff about the evolution of Relationship Diversity from her over 25-year career and her work with the Bonding Project.
About Dr. Eli:
Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is a researcher, expert witness, coach, speaker, and educational consultant. With a PhD in Sociology and certification as a Sexuality Educator from the AASECT, Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children, and her 25+ year Polyamorous Family Study is the only longitudinal study of poly families with children to date.
Dr. Eli’s first book, The Polyamorists Next Door(2014 hardback and ebook, 2015 paperback and audiobook), details the findings of the first 15 years of her research on polyamorous families with children. Her second book, Stories from the Polycule (2015), is an edited anthology of writings by polyamorous folks. When Someone You Love is Polyamorous (2016) guides family members and significant others who are trying to understand a polyamorous loved one. Children in Polyamorous Families (2020) is Dr. Eli’s newest book, a short summary of her findings on children to date. Sheff blogs for Psychology Today at The Polyamorists Next Door. In collaboration with three colleagues, Dr. Eli developed the Bonding Project, a test people can take to explore their preferred bonding styles.
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