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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.

Section 1


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:

    2.    Life to me seems:

    3.    In life I have:

    4.    My personal existence is:   

    5.    Everyday is:

    6.    If I could choose, I would:

    7.    In achieving life goals I have :

    8.    If I should die today, I would feel that my life has been:

    9.    In thinking of my life, I :

    10.    I have discovered:

    11.    I regard my ability to find a meaning, purpose or mission in life as:

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).

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Crumbaugh, J.C. & Maholick, L.T. (1969).  Manual of Instruction for the Purpose-in-Life-Test.  Munster : Psychometric Affiliates.

Frankl, V.E. (1969).  The Will to Meaning : Principles and application of logotherapy.  New York : The World Publishing Company.

Mallows, C. (1999).  Existential Aspects of Procrastination. Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, Carleton University.