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.
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.
Empathy Question 1
I can easily tell if someone else wants to enter a conversation.
Empathy Question 2
I find it difficult to explain to others things that I understand easily, when they don't understand it the first time.
Empathy Question 3
I really enjoy caring for other people.
Empathy Question 4
I find it hard to know what to do in a social situation.
Empathy Question 5
People often tell me that I went too far in driving my point home in a discussion.
Empathy Question 6
It doesn't bother me too much if I am late meeting a friend.
Empathy Question 7
Friendships and relationships are just too difficult, so I tend not to bother with them.
Empathy Question 8
I often find it difficult to judge if something is rude or polite.
Empathy Question 9
In a conversation, I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking.
Empathy Question 10
When I was a child, I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
Empathy Question 11
I can pick up quickly if someone says one thing but means another.
Empathy Question 12
It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
Empathy Question 13
I find it easy to put myself in somebody else's shoes.
Empathy Question 14
I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
Empathy Question 15
I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
Empathy Question 16
If I say something that someone else is offended by, I think that that's their problem, not mine.
Empathy Question 17
If anyone asked me if I like their haircut, I would reply truthfully, even if I didn't like it.
Empathy Question 18
I can't always see why someone should have felt offended by a remark.
Empathy Question 19
Seeing people cry doesn't really upset me.
Empathy Question 20
I am very blunt, which some people take to be rudeness, even though this is unintentional.
Empathy Question 21
I don't tend to find social situations confusing
Empathy Question 22
Other people tell me I am good at understanding how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
Empathy Question 23
When I talk to people, I tend to talk about their experiences rather than my own.
Empathy Question 24
It upsets me to see animals in pain.
Empathy Question 25
I am able to make decisions without being influenced by people's feelings.
Empathy Question 26
I can easily tell if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying.
Empathy Question 27
I get upset if I see people suffering on news programmes.
Empathy Question 28
Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say I am very understanding.
Empathy Question 29
I can sense if I am intruding, even if the other person doesn't tell me.
Empathy Question 30
People sometimes tell me that I have gone too far with teasing.
Empathy Question 31
Other people often say that I am insensitive, though I don't always see why.
Empathy Question 32
If I see a stranger in a group, I think that it is up to them to make an effort to join in.
Empathy Question 33
I usually stay emotionally detached when watching a film.
Empathy Question 34
I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively.
Empathy Question 35
I can easily work out what another person might want to talk about.
Empathy Question 36
I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion.
Empathy Question 37
I don't consciously work out the rules of social situations.
Empathy Question 38
I am good at predicting what someone will do.
Empathy Question 39
I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend's problems.
Empathy Question 40
I can usually appreciate the other person's viewpoint, even if I don't agree with it.