Couples Expectations Worksheet

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Expectations are an emotional anticipation or belief of an occurrence that may take place in the future.

Expectations are an essential part of any relationship; they shape the dynamics, set the tone of the relationship, and cultivate an atmosphere of support and safety.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Expectancy theory assumes that people are motivated to engage in certain behaviours because of their expected outcomes.

Expectancy theory separates the decision-making process into;

  1. Expectancy: efforts will lead to high performance
  2. Instrumentality: the performance will lead to predicted outcomes
  3. Valence: predicted outcomes are desirable

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

Expectations are essential for a couple’s healthy relationship and well-being. 

This worksheet will help couples have open and honest communication with each other. It will also help couples reinstate quality time together. 

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

Couples should use this worksheet to set realistic expectations in their relationship. 

This worksheet should help couples create a safe relationship built on love, care, affection, and loyalty. 

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Anchor Life Therapy. (© 2022). Expectations in a Relationship: Reasonable vs Unreasonable. Available at: [Accessed November 29, 2022]


The Decision Lab. (© 2022). Expectancy Theory. Available at: [Accessed November 29, 2022]