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Empathy is a very important aspect of daily life. It enables people to tune into how others are feeling, and to understanding what they may be thinking. It allows people to predict people’s behavior, react appropriately to others, and to interact effectively in social settings.
This questionnaire measures how empathic you are. You will be presented with a series of statements, one at a time. Please read each statement carefully and rate how strongly you agree or disagree with it by clicking the button that corresponds with your answer. There are no right or wrong answers, or trick questions.
From the onset of infancy, children begin to display empathetic behavior, and as they grow into early childhood they develop what is termed “theory of mind”. Theory of Mind, or “mind-reading” is the ability to place your own feelings aside, and to attribute and infer a mental state of another based on their experience. Whereas Theory of Mind has to do with the cognitive component of empathy, there is an affective component as well, which has to do with your ability to respond with an appropriate emotion to the affective state of another.
The Empathy Quotient (EQ) is a test that measures both the affective and cognitive components of empathy. On average, females score higher than males on EQ. Research also shows that those studying the humanities at University score higher on EQ whereas those studying math and sciences tend to score higher on systemizing.
The EQ scale was created by Simon Baron Cohen and Sally Wheelwright at the University of Cambridge. We also extend our thanks to David Greenberg.