Purpose in Life Test

(Crumbaugh & Maholick, 1964)


Instructions: Circle the number (1 to 5) next to each statement that is most true for you right now.


1. I am usually:                                                  1 2 3 4 5

                                                               Bored Enthusiastic

2.  Life to me seems:                                         1 2 3 4 5

                                        completely routine   always exciting

3. In life, I have:                                                  1 2 3 4 5

                                              no goals or aims clear goals and aims

4.  My personal Existence is:                            1 2 3 4 5

        utterly meaningless, without purpose                             purposeful and meaningful

5.  Every day is:                                                  1 2 3 4 5

                                             exactly the same constantly new and different

6.  If I could choose, I would:                           1 2 3 4 5

                     prefer never to have been born                            want 9 more lives just like this one

7.  After retiring, I would:                                 1 2 3 4 5

                loaf completely the rest of my life                             do exciting things I`ve always wanted to

8.  In achieving life goals I’ve::                         1 2 3 4 5

                          made no progress whatever                            progressed to complete fulfillment

9.  My life is:                                                       1 2 3 4 5

                     empty & filled only with despair                             running over with exciting things

10. If I die today, I’d feel my life has bee:    1 2 3 4 5

                                     completely worthless            very worthwhile

11. In thinking of my life, I:                             1 2 3 4 5

                               often wonder why I exist                       always see reasons for being here

12. In relation to my life, the world:             1 2 3 4 5

                               completely confuses me                     fits meaningfully with my life

13. I am a:                                                         1 2 3 4 5

                             very irresponsible person                          very responsible person

14. Concerning freedom to choose,            1 2 3 4 5

     Humans are:

           completely bound by limitations of                                totally free to make all life choices

            heredity and environment

15. With regard to death, I am:                     1 2 3 4 5

                       unprepared and frightened                             prepared and unafraid

16. Regarding suicide, I have:                     1 2 3 4 5

        thought of it seriously as a way out                           never given it a second thought

17.  I regard my ability to find a                   1 2 3 4 5

      purpose or mission in life as:

                                        practically none    very great

18.  Facing my daily tasks is:                       1 2 3 4 5

               a painful and boring experience                              a source of pleasure and satisfaction

19. . My life is:                                               1 2 3 4 5

          out of my hands and controlled by

          external factors                                                            in my hands and I`m in control of it

20. I have discovered:                                  1 2 3 4 5

                  no mission or purpose in life                                 a satisfying life purpose


SCORING:  Add up all the numbers you wrote down (20-100).

A score of less than 50 indicates you are experiencing an “existential void,” a lack of meaning or purpose in your life right now.    

A score between 50-75 indicates you have partial meaning but not living your “true” mission in life and leaving significant inner potential and fulfillment untapped.