In an Oprah.com poll, nearly 20 percent of male and female viewers said a happy open marriage is possible. When asked they were in an open marriage, 7 percent of women and 14 percent of men said yes. Are open marriages becoming more common? "Well, what I would say is this. Monogamy is not hardwired, monogamy is a choice," she says. "But that being said, what is hardwired is jealousy and envy and competition. These are normal human emotions and they're difficult to control."
"Only a third of marriages survive an affair and there's a reason for that," Dr. Saltz says. "It is very hard to get past those feelings of jealousy and hurt and betrayal. 'Do I really have all of you? Are you really mine?'"
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