Purpose In Life Test (PIL)

  1. I am usually

1=Completely bored‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4=Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=exuberant‚ enthusiastic

  1. Life to me seems

1=Always exciting‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= completely routine

  1. In life I have

1=No goals or aims at all‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4=neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=very clear goals and aims

  1. My personal existence is

1= Utterly meaningless without purpose‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4=neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=very purposeful and meaningful

  1. Every day is

1= constantly new and different‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= exactly the same

  1. If I could choose‚ I would

1= prefer never to have been born‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= like nine more lives just like this one

  1. After retiring‚ I would

1= do some of the exciting things I have always wanted to‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=loaf completely the rest of my life

  1. In achieving life goals I have

1= made no progress whatever‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=progressed to complete fulfillment

  1. My life is

1= empty‚ filled only with despair‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=running over with exciting good things

  1. If I should die today‚ I would feel that my life has been

1= very worthwhile‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= completely worthless

  1. In thinking of my life‚ I

1= often wonder why I exist‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=always see a reason or my being here

  1. As I view the world in relation to my life‚ the world

1= completely confuses me‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=fits meaningfully with my life

  1. I am a

1= very irresponsible person‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=very responsible person

  1. Concerning man’s freedom to make his own choices‚ I believe man is

1= absolutely free to make all life choices‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= completely bound by limitations of heredity and environment

  1. With regard to death‚ I am

1= prepared and unafraid‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= unprepared and frightened

  1. With regard to suicide‚ I have

1= thought of it seriously as a way out‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7=never given it a second thought

  1. I regard my ability to find a meaning‚ purpose‚ or mission in life as

1= very great‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= practically none

  1. My life is

1= in my hands and I am in control of it‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= out of my hands and controlled by external factors

  1. Facing my daily tasks is

1= a source of pleasure and satisfaction‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= a painful and boring experience

  1. I have discovered

1= no mission or purpose in life‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7= clear-cut goals and a satisfying life purpose?

 

 

 

This instrument can be found on pages 216-218 of “Interdependence of Spirituality and Well-Being Among KOREAN Elders and Family Caregivers”. Available online at: https://www.nursing.arizona.edu/Library/081_Kim_Suk-Sun.pdf

http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/burke_b/personality/pil.pdf
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https://econpapers.repec.org/article/sprjhappi/v_3a12_3ay_3a2011_3ai_3a5_3ap_3a861-876.htm

 

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