Off the Escalator Questions: Book 1, Part 1
Discussion questions for Chapters 1-6, "Stepping Off the Relationship Escalator: Uncommon Love and Life," by Amy Gahran (2017), available on By answering these questions online, you agree that the Off the Escalator project may quote your responses in our books, blog posts, promotional materials and other content. You may answer anonymously if you like.
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Did you read the book, "Stepping Off the Relationship Escalator: Uncommon Love and Life"?
Does the description, in Chapter 1, of the traditional approach to intimate relationships (the Relationship Escalator) seem fairly accurate to you?
If you believe Chapter 1 did NOT accurately outline how that most people typically expect intimate relationships to look and work: What did we miss or get wrong?  
In your own life, are you currently riding the Relationship Escalator? Or do you wish to do so?
Have you ever stepped off the Relationship Escalator, or considered doing so?
Say more about the kind unconventional intimate relationships you have had, or considered exploring. What did/would you do differently?
If you do not wish to step off the Relationship Escalator,  why not? What is so appealing about traditional relationships, or unappealing about diverging from those norms?
What do you believe makes an intimate relationship successful or unsuccessful?
Which topics in Chapters 1-6 would you like to read more about?
What questions or thoughts do you have about any topics covered in Part 1 (Chapters 1-6)? Or, is there anything else you'd like to say or ask about unconventional relationships?
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