Question ideas

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Below are some ideas for questions that should provoke enlightening answers. You can probably think of others. Make a note of them at the end of the section.

Thoughtful - wider social context

  • If you were Prime Minister what would you change?
  • Who would you invite to a dinner party if it could be anyone, living or dead?
  • If you could live in any period of history, when would it be and why?
  • If you won million pounds on the lottery how would you spend it?
  • What do you admire in other people and why?
  • What is the one thing you would change in your town and why?

Explore current situation

  • If you were in charge of the ward, what would you do?
  • If you were your own doctor, what advice would you give yourself?
  • If you could be anywhere now, where would it be?
  • What is the one thing you are craving today?
  • What music would you play on Desert Island Discs to represent where you are right now in your life?
  • How would your best friend or mum or dad describe you?


  • What is your favourite book of all time and why?
  • What is the wierdest habit or quirk you have?
  • What is unique about you that makes you special?
  • Which country you have always wanted to visit and why?
  • What are your passion - what moves you?
  • SIx adjectives to describe yourself are?
  • What makes your skin crawl?
  • What job would you do if you could do anything at all?
  • Favourite cartoon, cereal and activity as a child?
  • Who has been the most encouraging person in your life and how?

More thought provoking

  • If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
  • Do you believe in God or a higher power?
  • Has anyone ever said something to you that you couldn't forget or forgive them for, and what was it?
  • What is something you couldn't live without and why?
  • What are three things or events that have made you who you are today?
  • What are some of your pet peeves?
  • If you had the resources to set up something you have an interest or passion for, what would it be?
  • As a child, who was an important influence in your life?
  • Do you have anything about youself that you would like to change, if talent, ability and money were not limiting factors?


  • What is the worst lie you have ever made up to get out of work or school?


  • What was your most embarrassing moments?
  • If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?
  • If you could stop time at your happiest moment in the past, when would it be?
  • What that makes you smile?
  • What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
  • What was one of your most memorable jobs and why?
  • What is the worst job you've ever had?
  • What is the most inspiring book you've ever read?


  • If you could edit your past, what would you change?
  • What keeps you awake at night?
  • What song would you like played at your funeral?
  • What is the closest you’ve come to death?
  • Where would you most like to be right now?
  • What makes you miserable?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • What does love feel like?
  • What traits do you have to thank your parents for?
If you could edit your past, what would you change
what keeps you awake at night
what song would you like played at your funeral
What is the closest you’ve come to death
where would you most like to be right now
what makes you miserable
What is your earliest memory
What does love feel like
what traits do you have to thank your parents for


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