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The following questionnaire consists of 11 sample questions
taken from the Purpose in Life (PIL) questionnaire developed by,
Crumbaugh and Maholick (1969). The questionnaire is designed to measure an
individual's sense of purpose or meaning in life. It was originally formulated
as a tool for use in logotherapy. Logotherapy, (derived from the Greek word
Logos, which is the equivalent of the English word, meaning) is a system of
Existential therapy developed by psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl. Dr.
Frankl (1969) believed that the primary motive in humans is the "will
to meaning". This sense of meaning and purpose in life gives a person
a unique sense of self . Failure to attain meaning in life led to, what Frankl
described as, "existential vacuum." This existential vacuum
was defined as a feeling of emptiness in life. The Purpose in Life test was
intended to be a measure which could detect this feeling in a person.
Please answer the questions honestly.
For each of the following statements, indicate the number
that would be most nearly true for you by clicking on the circle beside the
appropriate number. Note that the numbers always extend from one extreme feeling
to its opposite kind of feeling. A score of 4 = "Neutral" and implies
no judgment either way; try to use this rating as little as possible.
1. I am usually:
1=Completely bored. 7=Exuberant,
2. Life to me seems:
7=Always exciting. 1=Completely routine.
3. In life I have:
1=No goals or aims at all. 7=Very clear goals
4. My personal existence
1=Utterly meaningless without purpose. 7=Very
purposeful and meaningful.
5. Everyday is:
7=Constantly new. 1=Exactly the same.
6. If I could choose,
1=Prefer to have never been born. 7=Like
nine lives just like this one.
7. In achieving life
goals I have :
1=Made no progress whatsoever. 7=Progressed to
8. If I should die
today, I would feel that my life has been:
7=Very worthwhile. 1=Completely worthless.
9. In thinking of
my life, I :
1=Often wonder why I exist. 7=Always see a reason
for my being here.
10. I have discovered:
1=No mission or purpose in life. 7=Clear-cut
goals and a satisfying life purpose.
11. I regard my ability
to find a meaning, purpose or mission in life as:
7=Very great. 1=Practically none.
Scoring: Each item is rated on a 7-point scale
and total scores therefore range from 11 (low purpose) to 77 (high purpose).
The higher the number on each item, the more you view life as satisfying and
having purpose. For all eleven items the highest possible score would be 77
although it would be unrealistic for anyone to score this high unless at a
peak moment in their lives.
These are sample questions taken from the Purpose in Life
scale designed by Crumbaugh and Maholick (1969).
If you wish to complete the full version of this questionnaire
go to http://www.denverpsychotherapy.com/purpose.html
Please read our debriefing
information outlining the purpose of our research and the availability
of the results.
Crumbaugh, J.C. & Maholick, L.T. (1969). Manual
of Instruction for the Purpose-in-Life-Test. Munster : Psychometric
Frankl, V.E. (1969). The Will to Meaning : Principles
and application of logotherapy. New York : The World Publishing
Mallows, C. (1999). Existential Aspects of Procrastination.
Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, Carleton University.