• The Red Hot Truth - Petra Williams

Relationship Confessions - Petra & Doug Williams

Updated: May 14



Hey Truth Sista


Oh no, we're stuck at home by ourselves or with our 'loved ones'. How did this happen? I mean we love them but do we want to spend 24 hours with them or ourselves?


Well this is a perfect opportunity to use the 36 questions of the study conducted by psychologist Arthur Aron, to explore the Red Hot Truth and foster closeness with yourself and others.


The idea of the questions is that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness. Arthur says that, one key pattern associated with the development of a close relationship among peers is sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self-disclosure. Allowing oneself to be vulnerable with another person can be exceedingly difficult, so this exercise forces the issue.


But does it really work?

While self-isolating, the husband and I decided to experiment with the questions on Facebook Live. It was so interesting to hear the husband's answers after a 12 year marriage.

The Red Hot Truth that was revealed to us is that we're still not living the life we want and that we need to take courageous action to create our Red Hot Truth.

What will these questions reveal to you? I wonder...


Please let me know in the comments or on socials.

The Questions are:


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?


Set III


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.

Reference: “The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings,” Arthur Aron, Edward Melinat, Elaine N. Aron, Robert Darrin Vallone, and Renee J. Bator. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Vol. 23 No. 4, April 1997, 363-377.


Fist pumps and elbow pumps all round.


Petra Williams