Feelings of Longing
The author C. S. Lewis wrote about “the inconsolable longing in the human heart for ‘we know not what.’” This questionnaire asks about such feelings of longing. You should be 18 years or older to take this
survey. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Responses are completely anonymous.

The research is conducted by Daniel Laidler, with consulting assistance from John A. Johnson from the Pennsylvania State University.

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to Daniel Laidler at
daniellaidler5000@gmail.com

Thank you for contributing to this research.

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Who are you?
Please answer some basic questions about yourself.
3.) What is your gender? *
4.) What is your age? (please type using numerals, for example, 25) *
Your answer
5.) What is the highest level of education you have completed or do you expect to complete? *
6.) Which phrase best describes your religious or spiritual orientation? *
The following are descriptions of six sets of likes, interests, skills, and values.
Please indicate how well each description fits you on a scale of 1 (not at all like me) to 5 (a lot like me)
7.) I like physical activities such as building things with tools or machines, participating in sports, working outdoors, or dealing with plants or animals. My physical skills are important to me. I value practical and useful things that I can touch and see.
Not at all like me
A lot like me
8.) I like to conduct scientific research. My mathematical skills and ability to analyze and solve puzzles are important to me. I value increasing our scientific knowledge of the world.
Not at all like me
A lot like me
9.) I like to use my imagination to express myself through art, drama, dance, film, music, or writing. My creative skills are important to me. I value beauty and originality.
Not at all like me
A lot like me
10.) I like to care for, counsel, support, or teach people who are in need. My ability to empathize with people, get along with them, and help them is important to me. I value improving the quality of people's lives.
Not at all like me
A lot like me
11.) I like to compete in the workplace to rise to positions of power. My leadership skills and ability to persuade and influence others are important to me. I value economic gain and achieving status and visibility.
Not at all like me
A lot like me
12.) I like to organize and keep track of information. My organizational skills and my ability to attend to details are important to me. I value keeping a system running in a smooth and orderly way by following established formulas and plans.
Not at all like me
A lot like me
This part of the survey is about feelings of longing.
Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each of the following statements on a scale from 1 to 5.
13.) Everyday places or things from my childhood can still hold a ‘magical’ quality for me. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
14.) The thought of meeting a celebrity or influential person makes me nervously excited, mainly because they are famous. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
15.) I often feel a strong desire for success without being able to figure out what I want to be successful at. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
16.) I almost never perceive a deep sense of mysterious wonder or glory. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
17.) Sometimes a part of me insists that someone else is more ‘special’ than I am, even when I know they are not. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
18.) When people I know are admired by others, it can make me feel aggressively competitive. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
19.) While viewing landscapes, I've experienced a magnificence that transcends everyday life. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
20.) People I consider glamorous appear even more glamorous as I become familiar with their everyday lives. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
21.) I can become angry when people dismiss the things that help to make me feel ‘special’. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
22.) Sometimes I am excited by momentary notions of beauty or glory that seem to be just beyond my reach. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
23.) I can't help feeling that people of a higher social class are more ‘special’ than I am, even when I know that this is untrue. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
24.) I do not care about respect and admiration from people of my own sex. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
25.) I imagine a sense of profound fulfillment that I have yet to achieve in my actual life. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
26.) I am less excited by encountering celebrities or influential people who are the same sex as me, than those who are not. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
27.) My attempts to experience a more glamorous lifestyle never fully succeed because I always feel a little too ordinary. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
28.) I sometimes feel a strong yearning for some kind of beauty or fulfillment, but exactly what, I do not know. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
29.) I never desire to be 'special' in the ways that my heroes appear ‘special’ to me. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
30.) I can remember childhood notions of glory, wonder or spirituality that seem strangely sophisticated for a young child. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
31.) Seeing other people as being somehow more 'special' than myself can make me feel envious or jealous. *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
32.) I never have any deep thoughts or feelings that some people might call ‘spiritual’ *
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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