No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, be it at a trendy new restaurant or a home cooked meal, make Love Maps part of the evening. Love mapping is a phrase used in Gottman Method Couples Therapy that means asking open-ended questions to better know the internal world of your partner. Asking these types of questions can deepen intimacy in a relationship.
In the beginning phase of relationships, Love Maps are generally strong because we are curious about the person we are falling in love with . . . we want to know everything. We ask questions about their favorite music, foods and travel destinations, career aspirations and so on. But Love Maps are also about hopes, goals, values and convictions. Human beings are complex and there are an endless supply of questions we can ask.
But as love relationships progress past the honeymoon phase we often fail to continue asking these types of questions. We think we know everything there is to know about our partner and we lose our curiosity. This is unfortunate because as we evolve what was once true may no longer be. Love Maps are important all all stages of relationships.
So this Valentine’s Day we suggest that you have more intimate conversation by asking Love Map questions. Ask questions about their past, present and future . . . and don’t forget to throw in a few sex Love Maps questions. Here’s a sample of the types of questions you can ask.
1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
2. What is your sexual fantasy?
3. If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?
4. How do you envision your life after you retire?
5. What are your top 5 travel destinations?
6. What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing?
7. Who do you most admire?
8. What does romance mean to you?
9. What is your biggest regret?
10. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
11. What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
12. What are your most treasured possessions?
13. What do you like most about yourself?
14. What do you like least about yourself?
15. What do you most fear about getting older?
16. What are your religious/spiritual beliefs?
17. What is your biggest unrealized dream?
18. When we met, what was your first impression of me?
19. What is your favorite lovemaking position?
20. What makes you feel most competent?
Questions such as these build a deep friendship and intimate bonds that surpass all other relationships. Now isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?