• Jessica Paek, Columbia Univ.
  • Katherine Zee, Columbia Univ.
  • Andrew Hall, Northwestern Univ.
  • Daniel Molden, Northwestern Univ.
  • E. Tory Higgins, Columbia Univ.
While couples with complementary motivations report better relationship quality, little is known about how complementarity affects pursuit of shared goals. This study revealed that couples perceive their shared goals as more challenging when one partner is promotion and the other is prevention, suggesting that complementary couples leverage their strengths to select and tackle challenging goals.