Crazy Cycle CD
This dynamic CD is a great introduction to the Love and Respect Message! Dr. Eggerichs is at his entertaining best as he presents the Crazy Cycle before a live audience.
Introducing the "Crazy Cycle" CD, inspired by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs' groundbreaking book "Love & Respect." Break free from the destructive cycle of unloving behavior and disrespectful responses in your relationship. Discover the power of unconditional love and genuine respect to transform your connection, communicate effectively, and build a stronger, more fulfilling partnership. Embark on a journey towards lasting marital bliss with the "Crazy Cycle" CD.
Later aired on the Focus on the Family broadcast, this presentation became the #1 responded to broadcast for Focus that year. Just under 60 minutes long, the Crazy Cycle CD makes a great gift for anyone with whom you’d like to share the message of Love and Respect.
Read What Others Are Saying About The Crazy Cycle!
"My husband and I ... were definitely on the crazy cycle. We didn't know it until recognizing it after your explanation. It was like a light bulb went off showing us what we were doing over and over again."
"My marriage is changed forever! I want to let men who are struggling know that they can change their marriage. If you apply these principles, they will make a difference, my marriage is living proof."
"We were constantly on the Crazy cycle...but I started to act on some of your suggestions. I was amazed at the changes in our marriage."
"I’m a pastor and was looking for a DVD series to use with couples in pastoral counseling. I feel thrilled that I was able to get the Crazy Cycle 4 session series [online] to help them."
"Thank you for helping families to understand and be better. Also, thank you for helping us again to rely on God to help transform us!"
"Excellent videos. My husband and I have learned what causes us to get on the crazy cycle during conflict. That has been eye opening and an area for growth in our marriage. He is my ally, not my enemy."
Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships. Based on over three decades of pastoring, counseling and study of biblical and scientific research, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah developed the Love and Respect Conference which they present to live audiences around the country.About Love & Respect
So I encourage every husband and wife to commit to the Jesus Way of Talking. Instead of allowing the stress of the situation to control you, you can say to yourself, “Because I love the Lord and I know that He rewards every good word, I am going to be truthful even if my spouse is not. I will also be uplifting, forgiving, thankful and scriptural in my speech because my ultimate goal is to please the Lord. Whatever my spouse’s weaknesses or bad habits might be, I will not let them cause me to sin with my lips.”
Trust God when the “why’s” of life threaten to overwhelm you.
Can you begin to trust that God feels love for you even when you don’t feel that love?
[Husbands] do you realize the power of just holding your wife’s hand?
A strong woman of dignity puts on respect out of her love and reverence for Jesus Christ. She trusts that His word not only protects and empowers her, but also rewards her with incomprehensible eternal blessings.
We might say that every negative action in the family has an equal and opposite negative reaction.
We must bring our identity in Christ to our parenting—we must not derive our identity from our children.
If you want your husband to express appreciation for your attempts to be respectful, you must speak thankfully when he tries to be loving.
Share what God is saying to your heart, not what you think He needs to say to your mate.
“With eyes of faith, envision Jesus standing just beyond the shoulder of your spouse and listening to every word you speak in every conversation, pleasant or tense. When you speak lovingly or respectfully to your spouse, you are speaking to Christ. Your spouse just happens to be there too.” This truth has sanctified the lips of many. Instead of giving their spouse a verbal whipping or choking on the idea of saying anything positive, now some spouses are motivated to speak words of unconditional love or respect.
When a wife asks, “Do you love me?” She is not trying to put her husband on the spot. She is simply looking for reassurance.
Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.
As mature men, we need to take leadership and put this out on the table. We must acknowledge our feelings- we need to feel respected. However, as we do this we must acknowledge our wife’s feelings- she needs to feel loved!
When the wife flatly says her husband will have to earn her respect before she gives him any, she leaves the husband in a lose-lose situation. Now he is responsible for both love and respect in the relationship. He must unconditionally love his wife and earn her respect.
A wife has one driving need: to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need: to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy with conflict.
When a wife insists that her husband earn her respect, she puts him in a lose-lose situation.
Clearly, in the marriage, in the family and in the household, when you speak words of blessing, you are speaking to the Lord, and for this you will be rewarded.
A most significant point of this book is this: If what we think is true, kind, necessary, and clear, we need to have the courage to hit send. This isn’t about refraining from speaking; this is about speaking.
A major step toward a happy marriage is accepting differences and working them out with love and respect.
Words of Love or Respect must uplift your spouse, edifying- never manipulating him or her.
In your marriage be the first to “seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:11)
We can communicate the truth in the best of manners, but the person may be so insecure he or she can only react and attack like a wounded bear.
He will feel appreciated when you disagree with him only in private and honor his authority in front of the kids.
Wives, to energize your husband do an activity with him, shoulder-to-shoulder, without talking.
Your position in Christ is what counts, not your less-than-perfect performance.
He will feel appreciated when you recognize his problem-solving approach as his male brand of empathy.
When a husband feels disrespected, he has a natural tendency to react in ways that feel unloving to his wife. (Perhaps the command to love was given to him precisely for this reason!) When a wife feels unloved, she has a natural tendency to react in ways that feel disrespectful to her husband. (Perhaps the command to respect was given to her precisely for this reason!)
Your marriage is really a tool and a test to deepen and demonstrate your love and reverence for your Lord.
It’s true that women have intuition and that men should listen to them. It’s also true that women have blind spots and need the insight of their husbands.
As strong and powerful as marriage bonds can become, our deepest dependency must be on the Lord, not another human being.
We all need to wrestle with the spiritual truth that God is good. If you don’t believe God is good, you won’t trust His word. If you don’t trust His word, you will find excuses to ignore His commands.
We have to step back as Christ followers and ask, “Do I have false expectations that my relationship should be romantic 99% of the time?”
No matter how difficult your spouse may be at the moment, your spouse does not have control over your reaction; you do. You may be experiencing disappointment, frustration, or anger, but you always have a choice.
The Lord made women (Pink) and men (Blue) with differences, and He expects us to recognize and deal with those differences in a loving and respectful way.
She’ll feel at peace with you when you let her vent your frustrations and hurts and don’t get angry and close her off.
Do you give yourself grace and your spouse judgment?
Though the end can be worthy (to be loved and respected), when each uses unholy means (unloving and disrespectful words and actions), it will not achieve those ends. We must treat others as we expect them to treat us. To deny this makes us arrogant or fools, or both.
Always try to look at your spouse the way Jesus does.
Fight like a loving man and a respectful woman. Fight fair.
A man has a natural, inborn desire to go out and “conquer” the challenges of his world – to work and achieve.
It’s crucial to communicate with the right tone of voice and the right expression on your face.
Focus on the positive in the midst of the negative, and the Energizing Cycle will keep right on humming.
When others do not respond to our communication, we need to look first at our communication style. Is the other person incapable of hearing what we have to say? Or are we abrupt, brusque, and curt?
You have to become proactive, rather than just trying to stop the reactive.
Marriage is a test of how you unconditionally love and respect your spouse as you obey, honor, and please the Lord.
Husbands, even Jesus Himself was asked by a woman, “Do you not care?” (Luke 10:40) When your wife accuses you of not caring, decode her deeper meaning.
Do you understand that God feels compassion for you, no matter what you have done or what your circumstances may be?
Respect for the husband is just as important as love for the wife.
When a husband chooses to come across lovingly even though he feels disrespected, he can prevent the Crazy Cycle from spinning and possibly getting out of control.
Words of love from a husband are like good medicine that brings life to the marriage.
Don’t conclude that your spouse is wrong when he/she is seeking to do the right and righteous thing.
Your hunger for God can create an appetite in your children.
Accidental sparks (unwise remarks) ignite and fuel a fire, and vroom goes the Crazy Cycle.
Parenting is a faith venture. As we parent “unto Christ” we reap God’s reward, “knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord” (Eph. 6:8 NKJV)
Positive changes flood a relationship immediately when both husband and wife cancel the blame game!
Do you believe that there is a God who really loves you and wants to help you?
You both forgive for one simple but profound reason: because you know Christ has forgiven you!
You cannot use unholy means to achieve a worthy end.
When parents genuinely trust and follow the Lord and His ways, their faith spills over onto the children.
You can be right in the argument, but wrong in your approach.
In the ultimate sense, your marriage has nothing to do with your spouse. It has everything to do with your relationship to Jesus Christ.
When a husband chooses to do or say something loving, and that includes saying, ‘I’m sorry for coming across in an unloving way,’ he energizes his wife. When a wife decides to express herself respectfully, and that includes apologizing for her disrespectful attitude, she energizes her husband.
If we subscribe to the belief that because we are equal we are the same, then we’re going to expect our spouse to respond the way we do.
How we react to a situation reveals more about us than about the other person.
If a husband loves his wife as he should, she will feel honored and respected. If a wife respects her husband as she should, he will feel loved and appreciated. It’s a win-win.
The parent-child relationship is as easy, and as difficult, as love and respect.
Men are solution oriented, they love to solve problems. They want to be helpful.
Your husband knows you value his friendship when you tell him you like him and you show it (he knows you love him, but he often wonders if you really like him).
Holding back your love or respect will just keep the Crazy Cycle spinning away, but being mature and making the first move could slow it down.
Your spouse may meet many of your needs, but your deepest dependency should be on your Lord.
You can be right but wrong at the top of your voice.
Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean the other person is offensive.
When a husband feels disrespected, it is especially hard to love his wife. When a wife feels unloved, it is especially hard to respect her husband.
It’s hard to realize that we would never act around our business associates the way we act around our spouse.
If a husband chooses to be a peacemaker--taking the needs and concerns of his wife totally into account during any kind of argument or conflict--his wife will be motivated in turn to respond to his authority during stalemates.
You have two ears and one mouth; use them proportionately.
Don’t pressure yourself with perfection. We are going to fail. A righteous man falls 7 times but gets back up.
When we feel crippling discouragement by the sinful choices and outcomes of our kids, we must not let this permanently deter us from parenting God’s way.
[Husbands] as the church places her burdens on Christ, so a woman needs to place her burdens on her husband. When she shares with you, don’t assume she is asking you to solve the problem. Ask your wife, “Do you want a solution or a listening ear?”
Above all trust God when the “whys” of life threaten to overwhelm you.
Truth will carry its own weight if delivered respectfully and lovingly.
Whether visiting a prison, feeding the hungry, giving the thirsty a drink or speaking a word of love or respect, everything is to be done to and for Christ.
Do you seek to understand or only to be understood?
We are either going to give in the darkness or we are going to give into the darkness.
Mistakes can’t be undone, but they can be forgiven.
You speak lovingly or respectfully no matter how your spouse may speak to you in return. Your spouse is not the reason--good or bad--why you speak unconditional words of love or respect. God is the reason, and as you depend on Him, you will become increasingly able to speak lovingly and respectfully to your spouse.
Mutual understanding, not communication, is the key to a healthy marriage relationship.
One thing to remember in this culture is if we say something complimentary towards one gender, we aren’t saying something against the other.
God rewards your obedience to love and respect, even if your spouse does not respond!
Words of Love and Respect must include thankfulness spoken to or about your spouse; don’t fixate on weaknesses and faults.
Thank the Lord for all the trouble-free moments in which you and your spouse enjoy Him, each other, your family, your ministry and life as a whole. Ask Him for the strength to accept your measure of trouble, and the wisdom to deal with the annoyances and irritations by loving and respecting each other with new commitment. (You may also want to pray about troubles at work, at church, with the children…) “But those who marry will have trouble in this life” (1 Corinthians 7:28)
To not forgive is to shoot yourself in the foot and put extra gas in the Crazy Cycle.
Wives, you never know: The way you handle this [conflict] might bring your husband not only back to you, but to God. Husbands, you never know: The way you handle this [conflict] might bring your wife not only back to you, but to God. (1 Corinthians 7:16)
Your spouse has a need only you can fill.
“You can be right, but wrong at the top of your voice.”
It is hard to be negative while being thankful.
Your marriage is a test of your devotion to Christ.
His love blesses regardless of her respect; her respect blesses regardless of his love.
We can all have moments of anger, but this does not mean we have to lose control and sin.
Research shows that 70% of the couples who were extremely unhappy in their marriage, but hung in there and worked through the tough time, identified themselves as being very happy five years later.