Love & Respect: Male and Female Communication

2011 D6 Conference

In this 41 minute session from the 2011 D6 Conference, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships and author of the national bestseller Love and Respect, talks about how men and women can resolve conflict by recognizing and responding to our different needs for love and respect.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.

When you are in a conflict with your spouse or significant other, do you feel unloved at that moment or disrespected?
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Think about a time when you felt stuck in, what Emerson calls, the Crazy Cycle with your spouse or someone close to you. What triggered the crazy in that conversation? Where did the love and respect break down?
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Read Ephesians 5:22–33. God designed the relationship between a husband and wife to reflect His image on earth. What one change can you make today to better reflect God's image?
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Emerson talked about how this two-pronged approach will help you jump off of the Crazy Cycle faster.
  1. Recognize that your response is your responsibility.
  2. Remember that the person you love is not wrong, just different.

List three ways you can use this approach to improve the dynamic in your relationship.
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Give thanks to God for the special people in your life. Ask Him for insight into the issue behind the issue. Lean on Him as you learn how to love and to respect the people in your life who are not wrong, just different.

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