Purpose-In-Life Test

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The Purpose in Life Test (PIL)

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


Rate each item from 1 to 7  

1. I am usually: 


bored                   enthusiastic   

2. Life seems to me: 

completely routine; 

always exciting.

3. In life I have: 

no goals or aims;  

clear goals and aims.

4. My personal existence is: 

utterly meaningless, without purpose 

purposeful and meaningful.

5. Every day is: 

exactly the same; 

constantly new and different.

6. If I could choose, I would: 

prefer to never have been born; 

want 9 more lives just like this one.

7. After retiring, I would: 

loaf completely the rest of my life 

do some of the exciting things I’ve always wanted to

8. In achieving life goals I’ve: 

made no progress whatever 

progressed to complete fulfillment

9. My life is: 

empty, filled only with despair 

running over with exciting things 

10. If I should die today, I’d feel that my life has been: 

completely worthless 

very worthwhile

11. In thinking of my life, I: 

often wonder why I exist 

always see reasons for being here

12. As I view the world in relation to my life, the world: 

completely confuses me 

fits meaningfully with my life

13. I am a: 

very irresponsible person 

very responsible person 

14. Concerning freedom to choose, I believe humans are: 

completely bound by limitations of heredity and environment 

totally free to make all life choices

15. With regard to death, I am: 

unprepared and frightened 

prepared and unafraid 

16. Regarding suicide, I have: 

thought of it seriously as a way out 

never given it a second thought

17. I regard my ability to find a purpose or mission in life as: 

practically none 

very great

18. My life is: 

out of my hands and controlled by external factors 

in my hands and I’m in control of it 

19. Facing my daily tasks is: 

a painful and boring experience 

a source of pleasure and satisfaction 

20. I have discovered: 

no mission or purpose in life 

a satisfying life purpose


 Scoring: Add up all the scores for each item (20-100). A score of less than 50 may indicate that you are experiencing significant “existential concerns” in your life.*