“Why questions draw us to our limitations; what questions help us see our potential. Why questions stir up negative emotions; what questions keep us curious. Why questions trap us in our past; what questions help us create a better future.”
I’m a big believer in the power of “Why” questions and highly recommend Simon Sinek’s book on the subject, but this New Yorker article makes a compelling case for the value of What questions as well.
It suggests that What questions help you make better decisions because they force you to name your emotions, which in turn helps you better understand yourself.