Do you know the meaning of your family name? Are there stories about the origins of your family name?
Have you ever had any nicknames as a child or as an adult? Where did they come from?
How are you like your mother? Unlike her? How are you like your father? Unlike him?
What was most important to your parents?
Do you feel you’re like any of your grandparents? In what ways?
How are your children like you? Unlike you?
What do you think are your three best qualities? Your three worst?
Which do you think you have the most of: talent, intelligence, education, or persistence? How has it helped you in your life?
Do you have any special sayings or expressions?
What’s your favorite book and why? What’s your favorite movie and why?
Who are three people in history you admire most and why?
What have been the three biggest news events during your lifetime and why?
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
What’s the highest honor or award you’ve ever received?
What kinds of things bring you the most pleasure now? When you were a younger adult? A child?
What things frighten you now? What frightened you when you were a younger adult? A child?
What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted but still don’t have?
Do you feel differently about yourself now from how you felt when you were younger? How?
What do you think has stayed the same about you throughout life? What do you think has changed?
Who has made the biggest impact on your life and why?
What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you?
What is one of your biggest accomplishments in your life?
What was the happiest moment of your life?
What is the most important lesson that your parents taught you?
Describe your first big disappointment.