The Empathy Quotient (EQ)

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1) I can easily tell if someone else wants to enter a conversation.
2) I prefer animals to humans.
3) I try to keep up with the current trends and fashions.
4) I find it difficult to explain to others things that I understand easily, when they don't understand it first time.
5) I dream most nights.
6) I really enjoy caring for other people.
7) I try to solve my own problems rather than discussing them with others.
8) I find it hard to know what to do in a social situation.
9) I am at my best first thing in the morning.
10) People often tell me that I went too far in driving my point home in a discussion.
11) It doesn't bother me too much if I am late meeting a friend.
12) Friendships and relationships are just too difficult, so I tend not to bother with them.
13) I would never break a law, no matter how minor.
14) I often find it difficult to judge if something is rude or polite.
15) In a conversation, I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking.
16) I prefer practical jokes to verbal humour.
17) I live life for today rather than the future.
18) When I was a child, I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
19) I can pick up quickly if someone says one thing but means another.
20) I tend to have very strong opinions about morality
21) It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
22) I find it easy to put myself in somebody else's shoes.
23) I think that good manners are the most important thing a parent can teach their child.
24) I like to do things on the spur of the moment.
25) I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
26) I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
27) If I say something that someone else is offended by, I think that that's their problem, not mine.
28) If anyone asked me if I like their haircut, I would reply truthfully, even if I didn't like it.
29) I can't always see why someone should have felt offended by a remark.
30) People often tell me that I am very unpredictable.
31) I enjoy being the centre of attention at any social gathering.
32) Seeing people cry doesn't really upset me.
33) I enjoy having discussions about politics.
34) I am very blunt, which some people take to be rudeness, even though this is unintentional.
35) I don't tend to find social situations confusing
36) Other people tell me I am good at understanding how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
37) When I talk to people, I tend to talk about their experiences rather than my own.
38) It upsets me to see animals in pain.
39) I am able to make decisions without being influenced by people's feelings.
40) I can't relax until I have done everything I had planned to do that day.
41) I can easily tell if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying.
42) I get upset if I see people suffering on news programmes.
43) Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say I am very understanding.
44) I can sense if I am intruding, even if the other person doesn't tell me.
45) I often start new hobbies but quickly become bored with them and move on to something else.
46) People sometimes tell me that I have gone too far with teasing.
47) I would be too nervous to go on a big rollercoaster.
48) Other people often say that I am insensitive, though I don't always see why.
49) If I see a stranger in a group, I think that it is up to them to make an effort to join in.
50) I usually stay emotionally detached when watching a film.
51) I like to be very organised in day to day life and often make lists of the chores I have to do.
52) I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively.
53) I don't like to take risks.
54) I can easily work out what another person might want to talk about.
55) I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion.
56) Before making a decisions I always weigh up the pros and cons.
57) I don't consciously work out the rules of social situations.
58) I am good at predicting what someone will do.
59) I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend's problems.
60) I can usually appreciate the other person's viewpoint, even if I don't agree with it.


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The questions in this test are copyright S. Baron-Cohen and S. Wheelwright, (2004)