Crazy Cycle CD (10 Pack)
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.
Unlock the Power of Love and Respect
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
Marriage is a tool and a test to allow God’s will to be revealed in our lives.
Your husband knows you appreciate his desire to protect and provide when you praise his commitment to provide for you. You empathize when he reveals his male mindset about position, status, or rank at work.
Marriage is a test of how you unconditionally love and respect your spouse as you obey, honor, and please the Lord.
Your spouse can have a need that you don’t have and that’s okay.
Love and Respect is a faith venture, not a formula.
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.
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. A wife can choose to be disrespectful or respectful. A husband can choose to be unloving or loving.
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.
In the ultimate sense, your marriage has nothing to do with your spouse. It has everything to do with your relationship to Jesus Christ.
Husbands, to energize your wife give her face-to-face time, allowing her to talk and share her feelings.
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.
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.
It’s crucial to communicate with the right tone of voice and the right expression on your face.
Thank God for His forgiveness of your mistakes. In trying to be a loving man or a respectful woman, we blow it. Owning up to mistakes is never easy, but it is always the way to move forward. Take good care not to accuse your spouse of mistakes as you pray. Also, pray about any forgiving to be done in the family, any forgiveness that needs to be asked. Children may need forgiveness (and what about Mom and Dad?). “There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
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.
You have to become proactive, rather than just trying to stop the reactive.
Each of you must focus on what God is calling you to do toward your spouse. Do not focus on what you think God is calling your spouse to do toward you.
When one of you makes a mistake, control any anger you may feel and trust God completely, no matter what happens.
When you love or respect unconditionally regardless of the outcome, you are following God and His will for you.
I often stress that one of the greatest rewards any persevering spouse can have is being a good example and influence on the children in the family.
It is hard to be negative while being thankful.
Your spouse deserves the truth from you. Do your best to tell it with love and respect.
To stay the course in speaking words of Love and Respect, keep your heart in Scripture, trusting in and talking about His promises to help you.
A man has a natural, inborn desire to go out and “conquer” the challenges of his world – to work and achieve.
Refuse to let evil turn you into a contemptuous and hateful person.
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.
The parent-child relationship is as easy, and as difficult, as love and respect.
Do you bow to the influence of Hollywood or God’s Holy Word?
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.
Troubles over sex and money do not cause a marriage to go under. The lack of love and respect during conflict cause the marriage to go under.
We are equal but we are not the same.
When you come home after you have been apart, the first few moments of reconnecting will set the tone for the rest of the evening.
The key to motivating another person is meeting their deepest need, especially during conflict.
There is power and freedom that comes in understanding that no one can cause you to react in a certain way. It is your choice.
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.
Most marriages will succeed when obeying the command to Love and Respect.
the heart of my communication means the other person cannot get my heart to be unkind, unloving, or disrespectful. Instead, I have made a decision about who I will be independent of the other person. I won’t blame my unkindness on someone else.
Responding to offensive words or actions with your own offensive words and actions is damaging and unproductive.
We are worth Jesus to the Father.
Do you believe that there is a God who really loves you and wants to help you?
Unconditional respect means we confront their wrongdoings respectfully. We do not become uncivil because they are. Who they fail to be does not determine who we will be.
Never give up. If you want to have a strong marriage, you need to accept temporary setbacks as part of the game.
When you play the blame game your marriage never wins.
The moment we cry to Him for help, He is already pleased. He gives us strength to love our children.
You both forgive for one simple but profound reason: because you know Christ has forgiven you!
When we speak before we think, we widen the chances the other person(s) will be notably hurt, frustrated, confused, angry, fearful, or offended by something we’ve communicated.
We get on the Crazy Cycle because without love a wife reacts without respect, and without respect a husband reacts without love.
Will we decide how we see God based on our circumstances, or will we see our circumstances in light of how we view God?
We blame people for the bad things we do, but take credit for the good things we do.
Getting married reveals, usually sooner than later, an incontestable fact: your spouse cannot possibly meet all your needs and desires
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.
Unconditional respect, like unconditional love, is all about how one sounds (tone of voice and word choice) and appears (facial expressions and physical actions).
Good intentions do not always produce good words or outcomes.
Christian maturity involves a lot of things, but surely it includes knowing how to process your anger.
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.
Always try to look at your spouse the way Jesus does.
There is a plan to parent God’s way, even when our children may seek to go their own way at time. The secret is to follow this plan regardless. When you do, I believe you succeed in His eyes.
Your position in Christ is what counts, not your less-than-perfect performance.
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.
As a wife, if you can start to understand how important your husband’s work is to him, you will take a giant step toward communicating respect and honor, two things that he values even more than your love.
Feeling unloved, a wife gets defensive and acts offensively without respect. Feeling disrespected, a husband gets defensive and acts offensively without love.
Clarifying is what you do before you step on your mate’s air hose and deflate his or her spirit. For example, you are having a typical conversation, but you can tell there is a misunderstanding. One of you isn’t being clear or isn’t hearing correctly. Then and there you clarify the misunderstanding before your spouse’s spirit deflates. You lovingly or respectfully clarify matters so that your spouse will not feel unloved or disrespected. The reason you take pains to clarify a seemingly small matter is to prevent the situation from becoming a love and respect issue that needs decoding. Clarifying is what you do to stay off the Crazy Cycle and keep positive, energetic feelings flowing between the two of you, to keep yourselves on the Energizing Cycle.
Don’t conclude that your spouse is wrong when he/she is seeking to do the right and righteous thing.
Avoid like the plague trying to punish each other as a means of “motivation.” Christ-followers instinctively know that this destroys any opportunity to act out of reverence for Christ. In all marital issues, love and reverence for Christ must be our primary motivation.
When there is confusion, I try to refrain from attacking another for not listening carefully (which may not be the case). Instead, I take a run at communicating again, but more clearly.
A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts...A child need to feel loved, especially during disputes.
Since it is easy to focus on the negative, focus on your mate’s good qualities and express thanks with positive words of Love or Respect.
When confronting your spouse, attack the behavior, not the person.
Our research shows that couples who pray together are more apt to reap all kinds of benefits, including better and more frequent communication, going on “dates” more frequently and having sex more frequently.
God’s commands are there to help us, not to hinder us or hold us back as male and female.
At the very bottom of things, in every case and in every conversation, you can do your marriage a huge favor by assuming she is seeking to feel loved or he is seeking to feel respected and give your spouse some grace!
The more we are upset at something, the wiser it is to let twenty-four hours pass before responding.
When Jesus said “turn the other cheek,” He wasn’t saying to be passive wimps. He was teaching that physically people can control you but if you turn and give the other cheek, suddenly you’re in control and you’re making the choices.
Often both spouses have goodwill but are not deciphering each other’s code. She criticizes out of love, but he “hears” only disrespect. He distances himself to prevent feelings from escalating, which is the honorable thing to do, but she “sees” only his failure to be loving!
Knowing my spouse will not be able to love or respect me perfectly, I commit to having a forgiving spirit so that I may never speak hatefully or contemptuously.
His love motivates her respect. Her respect motivates his love.
Your spouse has a need that you don’t have. Are you going to say there is something seriously wrong with them or will you say “Viva la Difference”?
If you want your husband to express appreciation for your attempts to be respectful, you must speak thankfully when he tries to be loving.
[Husbands] the most powerful weapons you have are your ears. Just listen to your wife, and she is much more likely to feel understood.
When a wife feels unloved, it can be such a shock to her heart that she is oblivious to her disrespectful reactions toward her husband, though any man watching could see it plainly.
Men are solution oriented, they love to solve problems. They want to be helpful.
Our trustworthiness rests on our truthfulness.
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.
The woman absolutely needs love, and the man absolutely needs respect. It’s as simple- and as difficult- as that.
Both Judas and Peter denied Jesus Christ, but there is a huge difference between a Judas and a Peter.
When parents genuinely trust and follow the Lord and His ways, their faith spills over onto the children.
Be friendly. Be friendly. Be friendly. Watch what happens.
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.
He will feel appreciated when you recognize his problem-solving approach as his male brand of empathy.
Focus on the positive in the midst of the negative, and the Energizing Cycle will keep right on humming.
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.
In your marriage be the first to “seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:11)
The mature one in the marriage seldom moves second.
Every marriage includes trouble some of the time. Do not let the 20% leaven all the rest.
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.
To get offended is easy, but to forgive is within your power as you walk in His steps.
Do you seek to understand or only to be understood?
God is good and wants what is best for us.
Trust God when the “why’s” of life threaten to overwhelm you.
Suppressing negative feelings is not loving, respectful or very wise. Speak up tactfully.