This popular card game aims to deepen connections and embrace vulnerability

Danelle Sandoval
·2 min read

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Openly expressing feelings and being emotionally vulnerable may be considered taboo in society, but there is one movement that’s hoping to change that.

The viral card game We’re Not Really Strangers seeks to deepen connections between friends, acquaintances and even strangers. Through each card, the game asks questions that are often overlooked or unmentioned in society with the goal of fostering emotional connection.

In the game, there are questions like “How are you, really?” and “What can I help you with?” There are additionally “wildcard” questions where all players can answer. One of them being, “Maintain eye contact for thirty seconds, what did you notice?”

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Credit: Urban Outfitters
Credit: Urban Outfitters

Founded by Koreen Odiney, the card game has cultivated a dedicated following, provoking a different way of thinking when it comes to mental health. And according to the brand’s rep, it has grown a loyal community of over two million followers on Instagram in only two years.

“The best card game you will ever give or receive,” one purchaser wrote. “You can play with anyone from strangers to friends to your parents. It’s a different game every time. The best part about this game is that you get what you put in.”

Another shopper explained, “I’ve been wanting the game for so long, and I’m so glad I got it. It’s helped me get closer to so many people, and I just love the brand and what they stand for.”

Along with the original card game, you can also buy expansion packs designated for “Honest Dating” and “Relationships”.

Whether you want to attain a meaningful, deep conversation with others — or even with yourself — this card game is one worth trying.

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