108 Relationship Questions To Ask Your Partner For Great Conversation

Most problems in relationships boil down to one relationship skill: good communication.

But when you ask good couples questions, you can open lines of dialogue and build mutual understanding that can make your relationship stronger and happier.

You're interested in learning more about their thoughts on money, sex, kids, affection, career, long-distance, or any of the many topics that help you know each other better.

But when you don't express your needs and discuss your differences, things will inevitably break down.

We are turf-oriented creatures, even with our most intimate relationships.

We want to protect our relationship  — emotionally, psychologically, and physically — often at the expense of those we love most.

Good and close relationships require letting go of some of that turf, compromising, and accepting that the other person's needs and feelings are as valid as our own.

What causes relationship misunderstanding?

Simply living in the same space with another person provides plenty of fodder for arguments.

When you are first in a love relationship, the boxers left on the floor are just adorable. The heat turned up to 80 is a darling idea.

But eventually, familiarity breeds, if not contempt, plenty of irritation.

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Add to that the stresses of children, finances, and career — along with the real differences in the way men and women perceive the world, and it's a wonder any of us make it through the first few years of a relationship.

We have to talk about what's bugging us, what we want from the other, our dreams and disappointments.

And we have to listen, really listen to what the other is saying.

To do that, you must divorce yourself from your personal needs long enough to put the relationship first.

That means conversation can't devolve into protecting your turf or being right.

You must exercise some self-control, even when strong feelings make you want to say unspeakable things.

The most successful, intimate relationships involve proactive communication before a fight ever breaks out.

As stilted as it may seem, meeting with your spouse or partner on a regular basis and knowing the questions to ask in a relationship will help you learn about each other.

And it will protect your relationship from altercations and even better, it will create a new level of closeness between you.

108 Relationship Questions For Couples To Ask Each Other.

Choose some of these good relationship questions to ask your lover to get to know them even better and to improve your connection.

We've divided the questions into four categories for convenience, but almost all of the questions work for either partner in any relationship situation.

Relationship Questions for Her

1.  What kind of physical touch best says “I love you” to you?

2.  What happens if we can't agree on something important that involves both of us?

3.  What could I do that would cause you to pull away from me?

4. Who do we know that has the kind of intimacy that we want?

5. What do you do when you feel hurt by me?

6. What habits do I have that are upsetting to you?

7. How affectionate would you like to be with me?

8. What about our work might become a recurring problem?

9. What will I have to say to get your attention when I've not been able to?

10. How will you be able to forgive me if I've done something that really hurts you?

11. When we argue, how will you take responsibility for your part of the problem?

12. How can we make our sex life even better?

13. What do you expect from me that you should really be expecting of yourself?

14. How important is it for you to equally share chores?

15. What would you prefer to do on a Saturday night?

16. What do you expect from me related to my health and fitness?

17. What kind of family rituals do you want to develop together?

18. What should we do if we disagree about a parenting issue?

19. How will we know if parenting our children starts to take a toll on our relationship?

20. What should we do if we recognize that parenting is taking a toll?

21. What do you never want me to share with my friends or family?

22. What should we do for our big anniversaries?

23. What new things should we learn together?

24. Under what circumstances would you feel counseling is necessary for us?

25. How should we handle it if one of us wants to go to counseling and the other doesn't?

Relationship Questions for Him

26.  How much time and space do we need apart from each other?

27.  How many days between sex will be too long?

28. When you get home from work, what would you like me to do or say in the first few minutes?

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29. What changes will I need to make in order for you to be really happy?

30. What happens if one of us needs more space than the other?

31. What do we do if both of us are having a bad day?

32. What about our financial situation might become a recurring problem?

33. What need of yours have I not been able to satisfy?

34. What will you do if you feel tempted by another person?

35. What are your deepest wounds and how can I support you there?

36. What are you willing to do with or for me that you haven't been able to do in previous relationships?

37. What is the worst habit that you have?

38. What kind of vacation would you enjoy taking together?

39. How has your parents' marriage impacted your views on marriage?

40. How should we work it out if one of us wants to explore something in our sex life and the other person doesn't feel comfortable?

41. How do you view our roles as parents and the division of labor related to parenting?

42. Do you believe our marriage comes before our kids? Why or why not?

43. What should we do and say every day to keep our love strong?

44. What should we do if one of our extended family members interferes in our lives as a couple?

45. How would you handle it if I became seriously ill or disabled?

46. How can we avoid using passive-aggressive behaviors with each other?

47. Is there anything in my wardrobe that you'd like to secretly toss out? If so, what is it?

48. How much financial risk are you comfortable with?

49. Who should be the guardians of our kids if we die?

50. How should we handle it if one of us wants to make a large purchase and the other doesn't agree?

51. Do you believe one-time adultery would end our relationship?

New Relationship Questions

52.  What should I never say to you, even in anger or frustration?

53.  What activities and interests can we develop that will bring us closer?

54.  What is going to really set you off?

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55. What's the biggest lesson I can learn from you?

56. How can we both get our needs met when we want different things on a particular day?

57. What can we do to avoid fighting or arguing entirely?

58. How will we let each other know what we want sexually?

59. What kind of memories do we want to create together?

60. What personality differences do we have that might cause a problem?

61. Where are you unwilling to compromise?

62. What is your most prized possession?

63. What are the best qualities you have to bring to our relationship?

64. Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?

65. What is your definition of intimacy?

66. Who has had the biggest impact on you — your mom or dad — and why?

67. How have your past relationships made you a better partner to me?

68. How much do you want to know about my past relationships?

69. What is your biggest life regret and how might it impact our relationship?

70. How do you act when you are really hurt and sad about something?

71. How can I best support you when you are hurt or sad?

72. How would you rate your own level of confidence on a scale of 1 to 10?

73. What makes you lose confidence?

74. What material things are you longing to buy that I don't know about?

75. What kind of adventures do you dream of that I don't know about?

76. Which of your friends do you think you are most like?

77. When are you the happiest?

78. What gifts mean the most to you?

79. How much public affection are you comfortable with?

80. How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

81. Do you find it easy or hard to apologize? Why?

Long Distance Relationship Questions

82. How will we know it's time to close the distance between us?

83. What can we do to prepare for living in the same city in the near future?

84. What more can we do to stay close while living apart?

85. How often do we commit to seeing each other?

86. What is the best way to handle the costs of traveling to see each other?

87. How should we handle it if one of us feels jealous or insecure?

88. Where will we be in this relationship five years from now?

89. What will ruin our relationship?

90. What will keep us happily together for years to come?

91. What will be the early warning signs that our relationship is in trouble?

92. What about my voice or communication style makes you want to spend less time with me?

93. What are your deepest dreams and desires for yourself and for us?

94. What is the best way to share difficult or upsetting information with you?

94. How can we put our relationship first so that it stays healthy and happy?

95. What personal goals do you have that you'd like me to help you achieve?

97. How can we help each other be the people we want to be?

98. What do you think our biggest potential area of conflict might be?

99. How can we proactively address this area of conflict?

100. How do you feel about me being friends with someone of the opposite sex?

101. What makes you feel jealous?

102. What topics of conversation trigger angry or bad feelings for you?

103. When do you feel the most vulnerable?

104. Do you feel safe sharing your vulnerabilities with me? If not, why?

105. How can we have more fun together?

106. Is there anything making you unhappy in our relationship right now? If so, how can we address it?

107. What makes you laugh the most?

108. What is your idea of the perfect date night with me?

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Final Thoughts

Which of these relationship questions helped you most?

Now that you have 108 brilliant questions to ask the person you love, which ones will you ask today or this week to strengthen your relationship?

Which questions stood out to you as you read or skimmed over the list?

Some relationship topics are probably bigger issues for you than others.

No two relationships are the same, so it makes sense that each person will be drawn to different questions.

Start asking the questions, though. And listen to understand — not to respond (or to defend yourself).

Don’t forget to also ask your significant other what topics are near to their heart and what questions they’d like to ask and explore.

The better you communicate with each other, the stronger your connection will be, which is the foundation for true intimacy.

May your thoughtfulness and courage influence everything you do today.

Finally, if you’d like to learn how to have deeper intimacy and enhance your relationship, then I invite you to grab this book, which has 201 powerful questions to build a deeper connection with your loved one.

63 thoughts on “108 Relationship Questions To Ask Your Partner For Great Conversation”

  1. Wonderful questions, Barrie. I’d like to try them out with my sweetheart.

    To communicate in a healthy, healing way, I’ve learned to be wholly present with my partner’s feelings, to the point where I can make it okay for her to release any past hurts or upsets.

    Here’s a question for your list:

    If the circumstances of life pull us apart through no fault of our own, what might we do to keep our relationship going?

    Thanks again for a great list.

    .-= Christopher Lovejoy´s last blog ..Personal Ascendance =-.

    • That’s a great question Christopher. I guess that does happen — careers or other obligations force an unintended separation. It takes even more work for a relationship to flourish with that scenario. Lots of calls, emails and weekend reunions!

    • Hi, I have reviewed all questions and responses to the questions. All of the questions are on point with what I am going thru with my spouse. He has no reverence what so ever for my feelings. I has completely detached. As a result we do not love each other anymore, and will be seperating in a couple of months and divorcing in 2014. However, I do have a friendship with a gentleman that has a strong possibility of becoming serious. Would it be safe for me to ask him some of the above questions. I do not want to ruin the relationship that we now have, I do not want to come off as being overly aggressive or too forward. He has expressed that he has strong feelings for me and visa verse. What advise can you give to me regarding my friend and I. There is no hope for my marraige because my spouse and I do not love each other anymore.

    • Harriet, when you get married it is before God, vowing to go through the ups and the downs until death parts. I urge you to pray and dig deep and work through the tough moments. Urge your husband to pray as well and work hard on the relationship. Tell him how you truly feel without holding back anything so that he can see you transparently. All the best.

  2. I agree with Christopher – a great list. Here’s one more question (similar to #26) that works in my marriage: “What do you need from me that I’m not giving you?” This is a very direct, but healthy way, Mary Beth and I are able to discuss unmet needs.

    Thanks again Barrie for putting this list together.


    • That’s a great question Alex. A very loving question. We should ask each other that every week. Sometimes we don’t even know what we aren’t getting, but we feel mild irritation. When your partner asks you that, it gives you permission to be authentic.

  3. What a wonderful post, Barrie – and an awesome set of questions!

    The first thought that came to my mind on reading the questions was – hey, I should be doing this with my sweetheart. She read the questions too – and we’re going to spend time this evening using these as a backdrop of our conversation.

    I think it’s really important for everyone who is in a relationship – or even starting out with one – to base the relationship on a strong foundation. Some of these questions can help build that foundation.

    It’s more that just setting expectations, or getting to know the other person better – it’s fundamentally connecting at a much deeper level and building the trust that helps nurture and grow a great relationship.

    Thanks for putting this together, Barrie – you just made my (rather, our) day 🙂
    .-= Kapil Apshankar´s last blog ..Guesting Over At Danny Brown – And The Personal Big Pictures =-.

    • I am so glad you can put the list to good use Kapil! You are doing a great thing for your relationship by taking the time to do this. You may have to revisit the list many times during the course of your relationship, because people grow and change. And because we forget to be present for our loved ones sometimes!

  4. Barrie,

    Communication is such powerful tool for any relationship. People seem to forget that solving problems and managing emotions takes assertive communication and mutual understanding, not anger, bitterness, neglect, or disregard. This makes me think of the different love languages people have. By asking questions of each other, partners can discover what is really meaningful and important to the other person, and balance their life accordingly. When someone isn’t getting their needs met, there is going to be difficulty and the only way to resolve this is communicating and understanding where each other is coming from. Thanks!
    .-= Joe Wilner´s last blog ..What’s your Gratitude Cycle- Here’s how to be more grateful =-.

  5. Barrie,
    These are wonderful questions. I’m forwarding them to my daughter who just marked her 1st anniversary with her S.O. One I would add is “How can I help you today?”
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Feeling Jealous Shine Your Light On It… =-.

    • That’s great Tess. If a couple can use this kind of communication early in their relationship, it is so much easier to deal with the stresses and problems that inevitably arise later on.

  6. I think of communication a little differently. I think our words are guided by our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. When we focus more on what we think, and our actions/words will follow.

    If I can answer these questions about myself and share them with my S.O., then I am sharing a part of myself, making a connection in that moment. I’ve seen so many couples rely on their S.O. to tell them what they need to do better. I think people can learn to recognize the part they play in the problem (and the solution).
    .-= Marci´s last blog ..Overcoming Walls that Build Between Married Couples =-.

    • Yes Marci — that’s a wonderful way to approach communication. You can’t be authentic in a relationship unless you are authentic with yourself.

  7. Hi Barrie,

    Great photo and topic. I love the questions and will utilize them.

    I feel we all want more love in our lives and it’s hard to see people struggle not knowing how to move beyond the walls we build. Sometimes not even recognizing we’re building them.

    I’ve found what helps me most is to notice early on when I’m feeling triggered and take the space to sit with what I’m feeling/experiencing and asking myself some questions.

    Owning it in myself rather than just blaming the person I feel triggered by is best. I then return to the person a bit more centered and let them know I felt upset and that I’m making an effort to get in touch with what about the situation triggered me.

    Next, I ask for what I want from the situation and hear their thoughts and feelings about it.

    All this requires a degree of trust with the person. I’ve found owning my feelings out loud and assuring the person I’m looking at myself in the process too has really helped with a good outcome.

    For me it relates to gaining self-awareness, finding my voice, and as you mention, communicating.

    Last, I try to keep in mind that it’s a “dangerous” belief to think that the other person is responsible for my happiness. And balance that with the fact that I do have certain expectations in relationship.


  8. Hello Barrie,

    Thanks a bunch for this invaluable post. I read this post and had a chat with my other half. The result was quite astonishing. We got to bond the more.

    Then the next morning, a colleague saw a printed copy of this post on my table and wanted to go through it. I willingly gave it to him. Then, … something happened. In less than five minutes, the whole office was at my table asking for a copy of the article. Everybody was quite excited and wanted to take a copy home and share it with his/her spouse. Want to know what I did? I simply sent an email with a link to this post to everybody.

    Quite an excellent and thought provoking post. This exercise has taught me that sometimes we actually unconsciously take a lot of things for granted when we are in a relationship. This post caused a rave in my office, and now it’s raved up our lives.

    Thanks again Barrie. More of this please.

    • OK Charles, you have made my day totally! Thank you so much for sharing that. You don’t know how rewarding it is to hear that I have helped someone in that way. I would love to hear back from you and your office friends on how the questions impacted their relationships. If you aren’t a subscriber, I hope you will join my community and download my free ebook. Thank you again Charles for your lovely comments. All the best to you!

    • Thanks Barrie,

      Good to hear I made your day “totally!”. I’m now a subscriber and I’ve read your lovely ebook. I only hope my friends will follow suit. I’ll sure ask them to revert here with their comments. Enjoy!
      .-= Charles Onyeneke´s last blog ..Break your Writer’s Block and Be an Exceptional Writer =-.

  9. What a great list! I wish I had seen this years ago. I can’t imagine doing this with my husband now – it might start a war! But there are a couple that are on the “benign” side – #3 and #9, for instance – that we could start with.
    Thank you so much. I know many people who would really benefit from this.

  10. I truly appreciate this post. I have been searching the internet for ways to spark meaningful conversations between myself and my SO. We have only been together for 6 months but we both feel that this relationship deserves a chance. But I think, between the two of us, I am more methodical in my approach to achieving goals. 🙂 I will definitely share this post with him. I look forward to the hours of conversation and foundation building this will spark.

  11. Some lovely questions here, which I’d like to share with some of the couples I see in practice, if that’s ok with you. Thank you for sharing it, Barrie.

  12. Hi
    My problem is strange. My boyfriend didn’t call me for one month despite of me asking me to talk. He said he is busy at work. But he used to send me messages all day. He didn’t even meet me since two months. He always lies to me. Fifteen days back I told him clearly that I don’t want to live in this virtual world of messages and I want to actually talk and meet him. But still he didn’t call me. I told him I’m breaking up with you. He still kept on messaging but didn’t talk me once. I didn’t reply his messages. Yesterday he came to my house to see me because I was ill. And since then I had to reply his messages. I’m stuck. He is not apologizing. He is acting as if nothing has happened. We were together for 2 years, but now he has changed.
    Please help.

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  14. This is brilliant. I think the questions themselves are wonderful, but really the most important thing is just to ask questions.

    Too many relationships have disintegrated from lack of communication. When we don’t ask, we just project ourselves onto our partners, which is incredibly dangerous because each of us is all neurotic and insecure in our own special way.

    Sometimes I still have to remind myself to ask instead of assuming the worst. And then, I ask. And I so often laugh at what I discover.

  15. “…, you must divorce yourself from your personal needs long enough to put the relationship first.” That statement really says it all. Every question stems from a desire to consider the needs of our partner and meet them. Unselfishness is key to happiness in a relationship. Thanks for the list!
    Vickie at http://www.hushhushheart.com

  16. Hello there…

    I found my girlfrinds selfies on her old phone that I’m using. She was only wearing a bra with her hair wet and poting lips. I found two of these pics on her old mobile that I’m using as mine has been stolen. I have never seen this pic before as it was never sent or shown to me.

    We have been dating for a little over three years and there have been times when I have given her reason not to trust me but I until now have never found anything of this sort of nature ever. We generally get along quite well and have the few misunderstandings but have in a way been suspicious mostly from my own insecurities i must admit.

    I confronted her about it and she said that she took them because she wanted to feel sexy as she had picked weight when they were taken. I want to believe this but don’t know if i should.

    My question is this: Did she send them to someone as they were quite provocative or is my mind just playing games with me?

  17. These questions are wonderful and my fiancee and I have based them upon our foundation in our relationship. We are constantly open with one another and are so in love with each other. At first, it was very hard for her to open up but through patience & humility, she has overcome her struggles and accepted my encouragement and me for who I am. We are getting married next July.

  18. These are great questions, I’m dating a young woman and we’re are looking into marriage. So we’re looking up questions that’d bring up important discussions. As any young man, or any man in general I guess, I want the best marriage possible and desire to honor God through it all. We aren’t talking about sex yet, figured it be better to save questions like that closer to marriage, but these are great. Thanks a lot 🙂

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