The Existential Crisis Instrument

Mansi Shah, MA, Michael Commons, PhD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
The Existential Crisis Instrument

Scientific Abstract

Existential crisis is a moment at which an individual questions whether their life has meaning, purpose, or value. This exploration can lead to anxiety and/or depression. It is important, therefore, to develop ways to help individuals alleviate these feelings and “solve” their existential crisis.

Fifty participants filled out an online survey containing questions designed to assess the degree to which they feel that they are in an existential crisis. The questions in the existential crisis questionnaire are focused on three factors, those being (1) the meaning of life, (2) the philosophy of living, and (3) relationships with partners.

In the first factor, meaning of life, we have asked questions such as, “How often do you think about life’s big question?” The highest factor loading was between 0.835 and 0.613. In the second factor, philosophy of living, we have asked questions such as “Does your work gives your life a purpose?” The highest factor loading was between 0.780 and 0.514. In the third factor, relationships with partners, we have asked questions such as “How often do you change relationships?” The highest factor loading was between 0.728 and 0.668. Total percentage of the variance is 22.98%. Currently, data is being collected on the three factors of existential crisis, anxiety, and depression.

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Authors

Mansi Shah, MA, Michael Commons, PhD

Principal Investigator

Michael Commons, PhD