The Best 25 Psychology Questions Of All Time

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Here's a list of the best psychology questions of all time, ranked from best to worst by the internet and women.com community members. Psychological questions sometimes get a bad rap but who doesn't appreciate the pure joy of getting to know your partner better or finding out if someone is crazy. PhD snobs aside, everyone know that top psychology questions are important to getting to know yourself better, and getting to know your loved ones better too.

1. Are We Alone?

One of the most popular questions today is, “Are we alone in the universe?” Believe it or not, you’re in the minority if you believe that absolutely no intelligent life exists outside of planet Earth.

2. Would You Obey An Order To Hurt Someone?

Adolph Eichmann was one of the architects of the Nazi Holocaust. At the end of the war he was arrested and would have been put on trial with other war criminals but he escaped. Over the next fifteen years, like many ex-Nazis on the run, he lived a very ordinary life in Argentina. Eventually he was tracked down by Mosad agents and taken to Israel to stand trial for horrific war crimes. His defense was so simple it was almost boring. When asked: “why did you do it?” his response was “I was only obeying orders”.

3. Would You Be A Good Eyewitness To A Crime?

Research illustrates that the human mind is not like a tape recorder; we neither record events exactly as we see them, nor recall them like a tape that has been rewound. In eyewitness identifications, witness memory is impacted by a variety of factors that occur from the time of the crime onwards, and their memories can be easily contaminated.

4. Who Would You Choose As A Dinner Guest, If You Can Invite Anyone?

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Jesus Christ? Elvis? The Pope? This question, which has been asked many different ways, is an interesting insight into who you value, what information you find interesting, and if you've thought about the question before.

5. Would You Help Someone In Trouble?

Ask yourself or your partner this question and have them go through the litany of questions one would ask themselves about the situation? Would you help a old woman walk across the street? A Homeless child? Would you help someone hide a body?

6. In What Circumstance Would You Steal?

Where is your moral line? Would you steal food if you and your family are starving? Or would you steal a car just for a joyride?

7. Do You Believe In Nature or Nurture?

The nature vs nurture debate within psychology is concerned with the extent to which particular aspects of behavior are a product of either inherited (i.e. genetic) or acquired (i.e. learned) characteristics. Which is a stronger influence on who we are?

8. What Does It Mean To Be Self-Actualized?

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“Self-actualization” represents a concept derived from Humanistic psychological theory and, specifically, from the theory created by Abraham Maslow. But what does the definition actually mean to you?

9. What Is The Key To Solving Life's Problems?

There is a famous quote from Einstein which goes like this; ‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them’.

10. What Does A Sense Of Community Mean?

Is it your core group of friends? Is it your family? Is it the neighborhood you life in?

11. Would You Like To Be Famous?

Would you like to be famous? And what would you like to be famous for?

If achieving fame meant that your life would look totally different than it does today, would you be ok with that?

12. What Does Death Mean?

Regardless of race, religion, geographical area, or time period, every human has wondered about the one fact of life that unifies us all.

13. Describe Your "Perfect" Day?

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14. What Does It Mean To Love Someone?

Love: a four-letter-word that gets tossed around in conversations pretty carelessly to describe just about anything. I love your shoes. I love this restaurant. This dog totally loves me.

But what about when it comes to relationships? What does it really mean to love someone?

15. Do You Believe In The Afterlife?

16. What Is Your Greatest Accomplishment?

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17. How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

18. How Do You Overcome Bad Habits?

We all have bad habits, or habits that we would like to be replaced with better habits. How do you go about creating new, better habits?

19. What Makes You Really Angry?

What are the things that really get under your skin? Nails on a chalkboard, chewing food with an open mouth, or tailgating?

20. What Are Your Favorite Pastimes?

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21. Who Is The Most Important Person In Your Life?

Dead or alive. Real or fictional. Who has been the most important person in your life?

22. What Is Your Best Personality Trait?

Just like a job interview, think about what your best personality trait is and why. Sometimes thinking of your worst personality trait will help inspire you to realize your best personality trait.

23. Do You Wake Up Happy Or Sad?

24. Are You An Introvert Or Extrovert?

Are you oriented more towards the outer world or the inner world? Are you most comfortable in throngs of people, or do you prefer the company of few?

25. What Makes Your Heart Smile?

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At the end of the day, what allows you to lay your head on your pillow at night and be perfectly happy and content?