Breaking The Cycle

Breaking The Cycle

by The Marriage Foundation, Paul Friedman


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Breaking The Cycle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend told me about this book and how much it could transform one’s life. I was somewhat skeptical that it would help me at all because I am divorced. How could a book on marriage help me? To my surprise I found that as I read the book, I began to change and actually began to feel hope for me in a future relationship. I haven’t felt this way in 20 years! To me marriage had been nothing but pain and I saw no way out of that pain until now. One of the don’ts was eye-opening for me. Whoever thought that over-familiarity could adversely affect ones relationships? But it does, it breeds excuses for unkind acts either subtle or in your face. Once I became conscious of my over-familiar actions, I then understood the importance of respecting one’s spouse in our thoughts, words and actions with loyalty, kindness, courtesy and being well-behaved, including not talking about your spouse behind their back! This book also helped me understand about the unconscious drive to survive which is fear based and how to overcome this fear and replace it with loving thoughts and actions. Sometimes we even allow our fears to control our behaviors in regards to intimacy as well. The book is not based on religion but has an underlining spiritual theme. It has a universal feel to it and a person from any religion would benefit. For me probably the most important thing I learned was that each of us is a soul first and this soul is the one that controls our mind and in turn our body…not the other way around. We all think that we are what we think which for me is true but we don’t realize that we can change our thoughts! What a transformation for me! Instead of being a victim to my habit thoughts, I can transform myself. This is incredibly empowering. We should have been taught these things in school – in a how to live class! This book is truly about educating us all in how to create a successful marriage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Breaking the Cycle such a powerful set of principles and methods for saving marriages that I joined The Marriage Foundation,  first as a Certified Therapist and now as Director of Provider Services. (I do not receive any income from sales of this book.)  I have also found these ideas benefitting my own marriage in a way that nothing else in my professional training or reading did. I have been a Licensed Psychologist since 1989. I witnessed the failure of conventional couples advice and counseling for the vast majority of troubled marriages. Breaking The Cycle presents commonsense methods and principles that light the path for couples to achieve highly fulfilling marriages. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times.  When I started, I was single.  Even though the book is geared more toward people in troubled marriages, I found the education to be foundational to my now-amazing relationship with the love of my life.  We are engaged to be married and both she and I practice the principles taught in this book, which I've never seen or heard of anywhere else even though they seem like common sense!  A must-read for anyone looking to "break the cycle" of the past generation's divorce epidemic.