I found the following on a website called Landscape of life. So I did not write the intro, nor did I come up with the three sets of questions. The answers are mine.

‘Almost twenty years ago, psychologist Arthur Aron and colleagues conducted research to explore whether it was possible to help strangers create closeness and develop a relationship by asking a series of specific personal questions.

The idea is that mutual vulnerability through self-disclosure fosters closeness and has an impact on the process of building a relationship. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with another person it fosters closeness, “sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self-disclosure” is fundamental to the development of a close relationship.

The 36 questions are broken up into three sets, with a gradual increase in the intensity of self-disclosure. The couple takes turns asking questions over a period of 90 minutes.

So if you are meeting someone for your first date or wanting to build greater intimacy in a relationship consider giving it a try. The research found these 36 questions were more effective than small talk in building closeness in the relationship and may lead to love too.’

Set 1

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

    My father. Or Gabor Maté.
  2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

    Tried it. Didn’t work.
  3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

  4. What could constitute a “perfect” day for you?

    It seems so impossible it would be torture to even fantasize about it.

    These days the only perfect days I have is when my son has a perfect day.

  5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

    I don’t know if it counts as singing, but if does, then I sang to my son.
  6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

    Why would I want to be 90?

  7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

    Heart attack. Prostate cancer. Something like that.
  8. Name three things you and your partner (the person you are dating) appear to have in common?

  9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful? My son.
  10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be? It’s pointless to think about these things. What’s done is done.
  11. Take 4 minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

    I don’t want to put her through that torture.
  12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

    I don’t want to say.

Set 2

  1. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else what would you want to know?

    Nothing at all.
  2. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

    There’s nothing like that.
  3. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

    I don’t know. Getting a university degree?

  4. What do you value most in a friendship?


  5. What is your most treasured memory?

  6. What is your most terrible memory?

    2007 – present
  7. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

    I would spend more time with my son.
  8. What does friendship mean to you?

    A bittersweet illusion between two people using each other until one of them doesn’t need the other any more and throws it all in the garbage bin.
  9. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

    Huge roles.
  10. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner (the person you are dating). Share a total of 5 items.

    Skipping this.
  11. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

    There were some good moments.
  12. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

    She’s amazing.

Set 3

  1. Make 3 true ‘we’ statements each. For instance “We are both in this room feeling…”

    Skipping this for practical purposes.
  2. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share…”

  3. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

    I have unrealistic expectations of friendship.
  4. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

    Am doing this exercise without a partner, so am skipping this.
  5. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

    There were too many.
  6. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

    In front of another person? Couple years ago. By myself? I had tears in my eyes watching a Holocaust documentary a few weeks ago.
  7. Tell your partner something that you love about them already?

    No partner here.
  8. What if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

    People are ok with jokes about anything, unless it affects them personally or when they want to do some virtue signalling.
  9. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? What haven’t you told them yet?

    I have pretty much said everything I wanted to say.
  10. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

    My laptop. All my work is in there.
  11. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

    Even to write it would cause me immeasurable anguish.
  12. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, as your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

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