The questionnaire

So we could know which memories are associated to each feeling, a questionnaire was created and sent to potentially all FEUP students, a mailing list that counts about 7000 emails. It was also publicized via Facebook of one of the members of the members of the group.

The questionnaire was with only 4 opened questions. We didn’t want to make any closed questions as the objective was for each person to respond with their personal experience, memories or imaginary. We decided to make only 4 very direct questions so people wouldn’t give up on answering the questionnaire because it took to long to answer or because it was boring…

The questions were:

  • Which memory or situation first comes to your mind if you think about “Joy and Happiness”?
  • Which memory or situation first comes to your mind if you think about “Love”?
  • Which memory or situation first comes to your mind if you think about “Missing someone or something”?
  • Please, point out an uncomfortable situation.

282 persons responded to the questionnaire. The analysis to these answers was made using a qualitative method, as the questions were opened. So answers like “Family having dinner” or “Christmas dinner in family”, for instance, were considered in the same group.

This analysis focused on memories more connected to images or potentially real situations and that were not redundant on the feeling (per example, for the Love feeling an answer like “I knew I was in love with (…) when I missed her so much because she was away”. Also, we tried to exclude images directly connected to hugs, as it would be directly connected to the theme we were treating (for example, for the love memories, if someone answered “Two people hugging”).

From these answers, we selected 34 memories for happiness, 24 for love, 29 for longing and 24 for discomfort.