Can 36 simple questions generate a sense of closeness between strangers?
Answer: Yes - In fact it's what you do for a living
In a 1997 study, State University of New York psychologist Arthur Aron separated two groups of people and paired them off, giving each duo 45 minutes to answer a set of questions.
One question set was small talk, and the other was immediately probing. The people who asked deeper questions felt more connected — and one couple even fell in love.