The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING -

Set I

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

2. Would you like to be fa­mous? In what way?

3. Be­fore mak­ing a tele­phone call, do you ever re­hearse what you are go­ing to say? Why?

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

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

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?

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

8. Name three things you and your part­ner ap­pear to have in com­mon.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grate­ful?

10. If you could change any­thing about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four min­utes and tell your part­ner your life story in as much de­tail as pos­si­ble.

12. If you could wake up to­mor­row hav­ing gained any one qual­ity or abil­ity, what would it be?

Set II

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

14. Is there some­thing that you’ve dreamed of do­ing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the great­est ac­com­plish­ment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friend­ship?

17. What is your most trea­sured mem­ory?

18. What is your most ter­ri­ble mem­ory?

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

20. What does friend­ship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and af­fec­tion play in your life?

22. Al­ter­nate shar­ing some­thing you con­sider a pos­i­tive char­ac­ter­is­tic of your part­ner. Share a to­tal of five items.

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

24. How do you feel about your re­la­tion­ship with your mother?


25. Make three true “we” state­ments each. For in­stance, “We are both in this room feel­ing ... “

26. Com­plete this sen­tence: “I wish I had some­one with whom I could share ...”

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

28. 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.

29. Share with your part­ner an em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another per­son? By your­self?

31. Tell your part­ner some­thing that you like about them al­ready.

32. What, if any­thing, is too se­ri­ous to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no op­por­tu­nity to com­mu­ni­cate with any­one, what would you most re­gret not hav­ing told some­one? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. 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?

35. Of all the peo­ple in your fam­ily, whose death would you find most dis­turb­ing? Why?

36. Share a per­sonal prob­lem and ask your part­ner’s ad­vice on how he or she might han­dle it. Also, ask your part­ner to re­flect back to you how you seem to be feel­ing about the prob­lem you have cho­sen.

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