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January 18, 2024

Am I Having an Existential Crisis Quiz

Kristie Plantinga
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January 18, 2024
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Are you constantly thinking about your existence, purpose, and meaning in life? You may be experiencing an existential crisis.

Existential crises prompt many people to completely reevaluate their life choices, goals, and relationships. We developed this quiz to help you assess whether you're deep in the midst of an existential crisis. Get an answer in 90 seconds or less and finally start getting some clarity around your existential crisis.

How accurate is this quiz?

At Best Therapists, we believe that online mental health quizzes can be an excellent first step towards improving our mental health. Quizzes like this one can educate you and provide opportunities for self-reflection, but note that they are not a substitute for professional assessments and diagnoses.

Before you dive in, note that an existential crisis is not an official diagnosis according to the DSM-5 (the official diagnostic manual for mental health professionals). That being said, many therapists specialize in helping people like you with existential crises.

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Frequently asked questions

How long do existential crises last?

The duration of an existential crisis varies widely among individuals. It can be a shorter phase triggered by specific life events or more prolonged, extending many months or even years. It all depends on personal circumstances and the depth of ones introspection.

What can trigger an existential crisis?

Existential crises are triggered by all sorts of things.

  • Significant life changes (e.g., loss, career shifts)
  • Personal or philosophical conflicts
  • Contemplation of mortality
  • Feeling disconnected from life's meaning
  • Philosophical or religious questioning
  • Intense self-reflection
  • Unmet personal or societal expectations
  • Awareness of the finite nature of existence
  • Experiencing a sense of isolation or alienation

Existential crises can be deeply unsettling, but the causes and experience themselves are very normal.

What is the difference between a midlife crisis and an existential crisis?

While a midlife crisis is often associated with a period of reassessment and change in middle age, an existential crisis is a broader, deeper questioning of one's purpose and existence and can occur at any age. A midlife crisis may involve specific life events, while an existential crisis dives into fundamental philosophical reflections on ones meaning and authenticity.

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Written by
Kristie Plantinga

Kristie Plantinga is the founder of Best Therapists. Along with being on the client-side of therapy, Kristie has had the honor of working directly with therapists in her marketing agency for therapists, TherapieSEO. While working alongside therapists, she learned about the inequities in our mental health system that therapists face on a daily basis, and she wanted to do something about it. That’s why Best Therapists is a platform designed to benefit not only therapy-seekers, but therapy providers. Kristie has a Masters degree in Written Communication and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Music.

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Katelyn McMahon
Registered Psychotherapist, VT #097.0134200

Katelyn is a therapist-turned-writer with a passion for mental health. She has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of England and is a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Vermont. Katelyn has professional experience in aging care, addiction treatment, integrated health care, and private practice settings. She also has lived experience being on the client side of therapy. Currently, Katelyn is a content writer who’s passionate about spreading mental health awareness and helping other therapists and therapy-seekers Do The Work.

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