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Deepening Your Relationship Practice with Jan Dworkin

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Deepening Your Relationship Practice with Jan Dworkin

Where did we come up with the crazy idea that people should be able to “succeed” at relationships the first, second or even the third time around? Why do we think a marriage should be judged for its durability, rather than for awareness gained or growth achieved? Dr. Terri talks to Dr. Jan Dworkin, couple's therapist and author of the new book, "Make Love Better." She suggests we lean into the idea of relationships as a place where mistakes are not just inevitable, but necessary. She also offers us a set of skills and attitudes to help us build our very own “relationship practice'.

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On today's episode:

:30 - What is process work and why does it matter?

4:25 - What motivated Jan to write "Make Love Better"?

7:45 - Turning mistakes into positives

13:35 - What Jan learned from her journey and her dreams

17:25 - Dealing with low-points and hard choices in relationships 

19:20 -  The importance of nonverbal communication

22:40 - Relationship practice and marginalized couples

Jan_dworkin_224761503.jpegJan Dworkin, PhD, has more than 25 years of international, cross-cultural experience as a therapist for individuals and couples and as a conflict resolution educator and facilitator. She co-founded the Process Work Institute (a graduate school dedicated to process-oriented psychology), co-authored its masters programs, and served as its academic dean for ten years. Jan is also an executive coach specializing in leadership development in the creative industries. Her new book is called, "Make Love Better: How to Own Your Own Story, Connect with Your Partner, and Deepen Your Relationship Practice" Visit her online at


About Dr. Terri Orbuch:

Dr. Terri Orbuch (aka The Love Doctor®) is an internationally recognized relationship expert, author, speaker, professor at Oakland University, and research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She is also the director of a landmark study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she has been following the same couples for almost 3 decades.

Dr. Orbuch is widely published in scientific journals and the author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great” and “Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.” Her practical science-based advice has led to being featured in publications in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and TIME magazine, and appearances on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Katie Couric Show, ESPN, HuffPost Live, and CNN.

She writes articles at Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other national outlets; and her relationship segments are aired on Fox-2 Detroit Morning News. She just launched a new video online course called, “How to Find Love in 7 Days: The Science of Finding Love.” Learn more about her at: