Asking deep questions to romantic partners builds meaningful connections, enhances communication, and promotes personal growth. Diving beneath the surface creates opportunities for empathy, understanding, and vulnerability. Mindpath Health’s Anna Marie Boyd, PhD, LPC, provides 100 questions to ask your partner to get to know them deeper.

100 Deep Questions to Ask Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend_Anna Marie Boyd, PhD, LPC_Mindpath Health

Whether you have been dating for ten weeks or married for ten years, there is always something new to learn about your romantic partner. Deep questions delve beyond the surface level of conversation and encourage individuals to reflect, share their thoughts, and engage in introspection. When we genuinely listen to our partner’s responses and engage in meaningful discussions, we create a space to allow them to express themselves authentically, leading to a stronger connection.

We compiled a list of deep questions to ask your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or significant other. If you’re unsure about asking these questions too early on or want to start with softer, more lighthearted questions, we created 80 fun questions to ask your friends to get to know them on a deeper level.

Deep questions to ask your romantic partner

Personal growth and self-reflection

  1. What is your biggest dream or aspiration?
  2. What motivates you to pursue your goals?
  3. What is your favorite way to practice self-care?
  4. What is something you’ve always wanted to learn or try?
  5.  What is your favorite quality about yourself?
  6. What is something you want to overcome or improve in yourself?
  7. What is the most meaningful compliment you’ve ever received?
  8. What is your favorite quote or mantra?
  9. What is the most challenging experience you’ve had in life?
  10. What is the most memorable gift you’ve ever received?
  11. What do you consider to be your most significant personal achievement, and why?
  12. What mentor or individual in your life has helped you the most?
  13. How do you handle stress or difficult situations?
  14. How do you cope with failure or setbacks?
  15. How do you handle personal insecurities or self-doubt?
  16. How do you define success?
  17. How have you grown as a person in the past year?

    Relationship and communication

  18. What is something you appreciate about our relationship, and why?
  19. What is your love language?
  20. What is your favorite way to show affection?
  21. What is your favorite way to spend quality time together?
  22. What is your favorite way to show appreciation?
  23. What is your favorite way to show forgiveness?
  24. What is your biggest fear or concern about our relationship?
  25. What would you like us to do more of in our relationship?
  26. What do you think is the key to a happy and healthy relationship?
  27. How do you like to be supported when you’re going through a tough time?
  28. How do you like to communicate and be communicated with?
  29. How do you like to be surprised or have surprises?
  30. How do you handle disagreements or conflicts in a relationship?
  31. How do you handle giving and receiving feedback in a relationship?
  32. How do you handle setting boundaries in a relationship?
  33. How do you handle making important decisions in life?
  34. How do you balance personal goals and relationship goals?
  35. How do you define trust in a relationship?
  36. How do you envision our future together?
  37. How can we better support each other in our individual goals?

    Sex and intimacy

    Open communication about sexual desires, boundaries, and preferences allows couples to meet each other’s needs and fosters a deeper connection. Sex can be the immediate formation of a relationship. By avoiding discussions about sex and intimacy, couples may experience misunderstandings, unmet needs, and potential resentment, leading to a decline in sexual satisfaction and overall relationship dissatisfaction.

  38. How do you define intimacy in our relationship?
  39. Do you believe in sex or physical intimacy before marriage?
  40. How did your family discuss sex and intimacy in relationships? Did this impact your view of what physical intimacy is as you grew up?
  41. What are your beliefs and values regarding sexual intimacy, and how do you see them fitting into our relationship?
  42. How do you view the connection between emotional intimacy and sexual intimacy?
  43. Have you ever had any sexual experiences that made you feel uncomfortable or violated? Are there any triggers we should be aware of?
  44. What do you value when it comes to physical intimacy?
  45. Has sex ever complicated past relationships?
  46. Are there any physical or emotional factors that may affect your desire for sex, such as stress, fatigue, or medication?
  47. How important is sexual frequency to you, and do you have any expectations or preferences in that regard?
  48. Are there any unmet needs or desires you have in our sexual relationship?
  49. Are there any specific times or settings in which you feel most comfortable and open to being intimate?
  50. How do you envision our sexual relationship evolving and growing over time?
  51. How do you feel about trying new sexual experiences or experimenting with different techniques?
  52. How do you feel about initiating sex? Do you have any preferences or expectations in this area?
  53. How important is foreplay to you? What kind of activities or gestures do you find most pleasurable?
  54. Are there any specific sexual acts or positions that you particularly enjoy?
  55. How do you feel about incorporating sex toys or other accessories into our sexual experiences?

    Values and beliefs

  56. What is your favorite way to show kindness to others?
  57. What is your favorite way to give back to your community?
  58. What is your favorite way to show empathy?
  59. What is your favorite way to show understanding?
  60. What is your stance on controversial topics like abortion or the death penalty?
  61. What is one principle you hold that you would never compromise on?
  62. What are your top three values in life?
  63. What social or political issues are most important to you, and why?
  64. What role does trust play in building and maintaining intimacy for you?
  65. What do you strongly believe in, even if it goes against societal norms?
  66. How do you define compromise in a relationship?
  67. How do you define loyalty in a relationship?
  68. How important is spirituality or religion to you?

    Family and childhood

  69. What is your favorite childhood memory, and why?
  70. What is your favorite childhood holiday or tradition?
  71. What is your favorite childhood destination?
  72. What is your favorite childhood TV show or cartoon?
  73. What is your relationship like with your family?
  74. What’s the silliest or weirdest nickname you’ve ever been given by your family, and why?
  75. What is your biggest fear or concern when starting a family?
  76. What was your family’s financial situation like growing up, and how has it impacted your relationship with money?
  77. What have you learned from your family that has helped you personally or professionally?
  78. How has your family background influenced your beliefs or values?
  79. How do you envision your future family, and what kind of parent would you be?

    Goals and ambitions

  80. What is your favorite way to start the day?
  81. What is your favorite way to recharge and find inspiration?
  82. What is your favorite way to explore and experience new things?
  83. What is your favorite way to connect with nature?
  84. What is your favorite way to celebrate special occasions?
  85. What is your biggest career ambition, and how do you plan to get there?
  86. What is your proudest accomplishment in life so far?
  87. What is something you would like to accomplish in the next year?
  88. What is one thing you could do differently to get closer to achieving your goals?
  89. What do you wish you could do but feel like you don’t have the time or resources?
  90. How do you handle balancing work and personal life?
  91. How do you envision your ideal future?

    Fun and witty

  92. If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?
  93. If you could have any animal as a pet, except for a traditional pet, what would you choose?
  94. If you were a contestant on a game show, what talent or skill would you showcase to win the grand prize?
  95. If you were a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be and why?
  96. If you could have a personal theme song that played whenever you entered a room, what song would it be?
  97. If we had a movie marathon, which genre would you choose?
  98. If we were to compete in a reality show together, which would you choose?
  99. If we were to switch roles for a day, what would you do differently?
  100. If we were characters in a sitcom, what would be our signature catchphrase or recurring joke?

Feel free to mix and match the questions from each category to create a personalized list of questions that resonates with you and your partner. Remember, active listening and genuine curiosity are key to deepening your connection. Take turns answering these questions and allow the conversation to flow naturally. Enjoy getting to know each other on a deeper level!

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