Ten couples experiencing marital discord were compared with a control-group on Q sorts describing self, spouse, ideal self and ideal spouse perceptions as well as predictions of mate's self and spouse perceptions. The groups were also compared in their perceived locus of control
and use of repression-sensitization. In general, couples experiencing marital discord also experienced less congruity in their perceptions. Even when subjects were matched randomly into husband-wife pairs, the marital discord subjects were less homogeneous in their perceptions. The groups
also differed in their defensive styles, with a sensitizing style more associated with marital discord.