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Determine your Empathy Quotient (EQ)

The Empathy Quotient is intended to measure how easily you pick up on other people's feelings and how strongly you are affected by other people's feelings. It can be used to differentiate between normal-functioning adults and those with Aspergers syndrome.
The test was developed by Simon Baron-Cohen at ARC (the Autism Research Centre) at the University of Cambridge.
I estimate it would take you 83 steps in 3 minutes to Determine your Empathy Quotient (EQ).
Following there is a list with 40 statements. Please read each statement very carefully and select True (if you agree) or False (if you disagree). There are no right or wrong answers, or trick questions.
At the end, you'll get an EQ score ranging from VERY LOW to VERY HIGH.
I can easily tell if someone else wants to enter a conversation.
  • True
  • False
I find it difficult to explain to others things that I understand easily, when they don’t understand it the first time.
  • True
  • False
I really enjoy caring for other people.
  • True
  • False
I find it hard to know what to do in a social situation.
  • True
  • False
People often tell me that I went too far in driving my point home in a discussion.
  • True
  • False
It doesn’t bother me too much if I am late meeting a friend.
  • True
  • False
Friendships and relationships are just too difficult, so I tend not to bother with them.
  • True
  • False
I often find it difficult to judge if something is rude or polite.
  • True
  • False
In a conversation, I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking.
  • True
  • False
When I was a child, I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
  • True
  • False
I can pick up quickly if someone says one thing but means another.
  • True
  • False
It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
  • True
  • False
I find it easy to put myself in somebody else’s shoes.
  • True
  • False
I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
  • True
  • False
I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
  • True
  • False
If I say something that someone else is offended by, I think that that’s their problem, not mine.
  • True
  • False
If anyone asked me if I like their haircut, I would reply truthfully, even if I didn’t like it.
  • True
  • False
I can’t always see why someone should have felt offended by a remark.
  • True
  • False
Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me.
  • True
  • False
I am very blunt, which some people take to be rudeness, even though this is unintentional.
  • True
  • False
I don’t tend to find social situations confusing
  • True
  • False
Other people tell me I am good at understanding how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
  • True
  • False
When I talk to people, I tend to talk about their experiences rather than my own.
  • True
  • False
It upsets me to see animals in pain.
  • True
  • False
I am able to make decisions without being influenced by people’s feelings.
  • True
  • False
I can easily tell if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying.
  • True
  • False
I get upset if I see people suffering on news programmes.
  • True
  • False
Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say I am very understanding.
  • True
  • False
I can sense if I am intruding, even if the other person doesn’t tell me.
  • True
  • False
People sometimes tell me that I have gone too far with teasing.
  • True
  • False
Other people often say that I am insensitive, though I don’t always see why.
  • True
  • False
If I see a stranger in a group, I think that it is up to them to make an effort to join in.
  • True
  • False
I usually stay emotionally detached when watching a film.
  • True
  • False
I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively.
  • True
  • False
I can easily work out what another person might want to talk about.
  • True
  • False
I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion.
  • True
  • False
I don’t consciously work out the rules of social situations.
  • True
  • False
I am good at predicting what someone will do.
  • True
  • False
I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend’s problems.
  • True
  • False
I can usually appreciate the other person’s viewpoint, even if I don’t agree with it.
  • True
  • False
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