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Dr. Terri Orbuch
Dr. Terri Orbuch is a professor at Oakland University and a research professor at University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research. She is the project director of a NIH-funded long-term study on marriage and divorce (1986 - present). She is the author of "5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great" (Random House) and "Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship" (Sourcebooks). Dr. Orbuch also is known as "The Love Doctor®" on radio, TV and in magazines/newspapers across the country. She is a relationship expert for and the host of a national public television special called, "Secrets From The Love Doctor." Visit her website at: Follow her on Facebook: DrTerriOrbuch and Twitter: @DrTerriLoveDr.

Entries by Dr. Terri Orbuch

9 New Ways to Deepen Your Relationship Bond

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Happy relationships shouldn't be hard work! That's one of the upbeat findings from my landmark study of marriage, which has been following 373 married couples since 1986.[1] Here's more good news for lovebirds: If you're in a happy partnership, married or not, you can keep it that way or make...

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6 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship in 2014

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 7:58 AM

If you're looking to add spice to your love life, more fun to your weekends or a better way to resolve conflicts, 2014 is the perfect time to do it.

This year, instead of making a New Year's resolution for yourself, why not resolve to make your relationship stronger, healthier...

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6 Most Overlooked Relationship Killers

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 4:16 PM

If you ask the average person what breaks relationships apart, he or she might say money, lying or cheating. And that is true. But like death by a thousand paper cuts, there are even more insidious everyday habits that kill relationships too.

For nearly three decades, I've...

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To Find Love Again, Try Changing Your Behavior

(124) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 3:45 AM

Author of Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship

Do you want to increase your prospects of finding new love after divorce? Do you feel like there is a "new you" you want to present to the world this time around? If you...

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Can New Bachelorette Emily Maynard Find Love Again? Yes, She Can -- If She Follows These Steps

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 12:43 PM

As a relationship researcher, I'm well aware that a TV reality show isn't the best way to find love. Nevertheless, I'll admit that I'm a Bachelor/Bachelorette junkie. I'm a sucker for the romantic adventures and first dates. I love to see what questions the bachelorette asks the men, who gets...

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Can Demi Moore Find Love Again? Yes, She Can -- and So Will You!

(6) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 11:04 AM

If you were to believe the tabloids, Demi Moore texts Ashton Kutcher several times a day, despite the fact that they've officially split and he's been widely photographed with new girlfriend Lorene Scafaria. The gossipmongers claim that Demi wants her 34-year-old ex back, and is still infatuated with him. Not...

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Casual Friends and Acquaintances Deserve Kindness, Too

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 3:05 PM

On Valentine's Day, I found myself rushing from phone interviews to a TV station event to the afternoon class I teach. At each stop, I was slightly disconnected, thinking of the next task I had to accomplish. I was feeling stressed and harried, until suddenly I was brought out of...

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Baby Boomers: Find Happiness This Holiday Season

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 12:11 PM

Everyone wants to achieve happiness over the holidays and who says you can't? It is often assumed that people in their 20s and 30s are the most excited and happy with their lives. But according to a recent survey from OurTime, the largest online dating community catering to singles...

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Improve Your Marriage With One Little Word

(8) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 7:43 AM

During the holiday season, we often take a moment to give thanks -- for our health and the health of our loved ones, for good friends and family, and for the comforts of home. But when was the last time you said "thanks" to your spouse or partner? How often...

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Detroiters: Don't Let Money Woes Ruin Your Relationship

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 9:04 AM

Unemployment and underemployment, foreclosure, loss of investments, and other financial distress can lead to negative health effects -- both physical and emotional. And, as the holidays approach, Detroit families might be feeling plenty of financial strain and pressure. With the economy putting a crimp in everyone's budget, are you and...

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Going Long-Distance? 8 Essentials to Help Your Relationship Thrive

(25) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 8:38 AM

Lost jobs and foreclosures aren't the only fallout from recent economic woes. In my practice, I'm noticing that more clients are struggling to manage long-distance relationships. In most cases, one of the partners had to relocate to another city or state to take a job that they simply couldn't find...

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How to Raise an Athlete -- and Why You Should

(26) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 5:07 PM

When I was younger, I played competitive tennis. As a teen, I lived, dreamed, and thought about tennis all the time. When I wasn't playing on my high school tennis team, I was at the courts practicing with my father, who was my early coach. I taught tennis in the...

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Is Your Partner Having An Affair With Work?

(4) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 8:39 AM

A client of mine just got back from her family's annual August vacation and when I asked her if it was relaxing, she replied, "Well, not really. We spent some of our days finding a hotspot for Jim's computer so he could catch up on emails, while the kids and...

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How "Real" Is Reality TV's Love and Courtship? Reflections on The Bachelorette

(9) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 3:05 PM

There are many ways to find true love and marry. But is competing for love with 25 other eligible singles, being whisked away to the most unbelievably romantic and adventurous dates known to mankind, being filmed from every angle and dissected by millions of strangers -- all in the course...

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Father's Day 2011: 4 Ways to Be a More Influential Dad

(10) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 7:42 AM

When many of us ponder our fathers and the roles they played in our early life, we often think of them as providers, as disciplinarians and perhaps as wise men.

Yet according to recent studies on fatherhood, the relationship people have with their father extends far beyond the stereotypical man...

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Why Do Powerful Men Risk It All to Cheat?

(59) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 8:27 AM

What makes powerful men like Arnold Schwarzenegger risk their marriage, reputation and career to have an affair? Lots of people have been asking this question. Once Maria Shriver announced their split, the media began picking apart and analyzing their marriage. And the details about his infidelity with the trusted housekeeper...

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How Being Happy at Work Could Improve Your Marital Satisfaction, Too

(5) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 8:30 AM

Just a few months ago, Time reported that in 2010, fewer than half of American workers (45 percent) were satisfied with their jobs. This is the lowest percentage since 1987. And a recent American Psychological Association survey found that 36 percent of employees report chronic work-related stress regularly, and less...

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6 Ways to Strengthen Your Bond with Your Mother

(21) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 6:36 AM

Mother's Day is a day to honor and celebrate moms. But not all adult children feel compelled to do this! I have had more than one client rant about feeling obligated to honor their mothers simply because of cultural peer pressure.

I remember Viktor, a successful businessman in his...

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Low Sex Drive? A Possible Reason

(45) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 8:45 AM

There are multiple physical reasons for not desiring sex with your partner, ranging from hormonal changes and poor dietary or sleep habits, to medical conditions and prescription medications. But one reason that is rarely talked about is poor body image.

Carmen, a female client who recently turned 50, confessed that...

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Valentine's Day 2011: 5 Simple Statements That Are Sure to Make Your Partner Feel Loved

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 4:10 PM

February is the month when love is in the air. It is the perfect opportunity to take pause and let those you love know that you care about them. Even if you're what I call "romantically challenged" -- you can't remember your first date with your partner, or you think...

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