Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D, (a.k.a. "Dr. Romance"), psychotherapist and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again agrees. “Dating several men can be a good choice for women, because many women tend to settle for the first man who comes along,” she says. “Seeing how different men relate to you can open your eyes about what you really want in a man.”
She also says there’s no need to tell the person you’re with about other dates if you don't have an exclusivity agreement — which I agree with. But, as human beings with human emotions (not to say someone in your rotation couldn’t be a complete sociopath), dating more than one person can, inevitably, get complicated.
Gretchen, a 30-year old producer living in Los Angeles, says relationships in her rotation also seem to be short-lived. “I could only juggle three people at a time for one-month spans before it got out of hand — someone would freak out or want commitment,” she says. “I dated someone for nine months that came out of a rotation. But, it really only happened because she found out I was seeing other people and flipped out. I wasn’t honest. I should’ve been honest with her.”
“This [type of dating] is definitely not for everyone,” says Monica. “It helps to be selective and seek people who are independent enough to not need lots of attention or you get sucked in to a relationship-like situation quickly.”