Asking thirty-six specific questions plus four minutes of sustained eye contact is a recipe for falling in love, or at least creating intimacy among complete strangers.
Creating a close rapport between people who have just met is difficult, especially in laboratory conditions. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say?
Extremely smart people don't watch much TV, don't spend all day scrolling through Facebook, and don't bother with the same repetitive material the rest of the world ingests on a daily basis. As a result, a lot of people think I'm extremely smart, that I'm successful in some way.
Tell your partner something that you like about them already. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about? If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item.
Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire.
In a recent poll, women were asked to name the top things that would totally ruin their day.
The first was a fight with their significant other, next was getting yelled at by their boss.
-- Though not complete strangers, they were not on intimate terms either.