Empathy Quotient

by Simon Baron-Cohen and Sally Wheelwright. The Empathy Quotient: An Investigation of Adults with Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism, and Normal Sex Differences. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 34, No. 2, April 2004

Below is a list of statements. Please read each statement carefully and rate how strongly you agree or disagree with it by circling your answer. There are no right or wrong answers, or trick questions.

  1. I can easily tell if someone else wants to enter a conversation.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  2. I prefer animals to humans.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  3. I try to keep up with the current trends and fashions.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  4. I find it difficult to explain to others things that I understand easily, when they don’t understand it first time
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  5. I dream most nights.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  6. I really enjoy caring for other people.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  7. I try to solve my own problems rather than discussing them with others.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  8. I find it hard to know what to do in a social situation.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  9. I am at my best first thing in the morning.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  10. People often tell me that I went too far in driving my point home in a discussion.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  11. It doesn’t bother me too much if I am late meeting a friend.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  12. Friendships and relationships are just too difficult, so I tend not to bother with them.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  13. I would never break a law, no matter how minor.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  14. I often find it difficult to judge if something is rude or polite.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  15. In a conversation, I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  16. I prefer practical jokes to verbal humor.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  17. I live life for today rather than the future.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  18. When I was a child, I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  19. I can pick up quickly if someone says one thing but means another.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  20. I tend to have very strong opinions about morality.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  21. It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  22. I find it easy to put myself in somebody else’s shoes.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  23. I think that good manners are the most important thing a parent can teach their child.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  24. I like to do things on the spur of the moment.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  25. I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  26. I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  27. If I say something that someone else is offended by, I think that that’s their problem, not mine.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  28. If anyone asked me if I liked their haircut, I would reply truthfully, even if I didn’t like it.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  29. I can’t always see why someone should have felt offended by a remark.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  30. People often tell me that I am very unpredictable.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  31. I enjoy being the center of attention at any social gathering.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  32. Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  33. I enjoy having discussions about politics.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  34. I am very blunt, which some people take to be rudeness, even though this is unintentional.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  35. I don’t tend to find social situations confusing.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  36. Other people tell me I am good at understanding how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  37. When I talk to people, I tend to talk about their experiences rather than my own.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  38. It upsets me to see an animal in pain.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  39. I am able to make decisions without being influenced by people’s feelings.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  40. I can’t relax until I have done everything I had planned to do that day.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  41. I can easily tell if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  42. I get upset if I see people suffering on news programmes.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  43. Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say that I am very understanding.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  44. I can sense if I am intruding, even if the other person doesn’t tell me.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  45. I often start new hobbies but quickly become bored with them and move on to something else.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  46. People sometimes tell me that I have gone too far with teasing.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  47. I would be too nervous to go on a big rollercoaster.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  48. Other people, often say that I am insensitive, though I don’t always see why.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  49. If I see a stranger in a group, I think that it is up to them to make an effort to join in.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  50. I usually stay emotionally detached when watching a film.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  51. I like to be very organized in day-to-day life and often make lists of the chores I have to do.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  52. I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  53. I don’t like to take risks.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  54. I can easily work out what another person might want to talk about.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  55. I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  56. Before making a decision I always weigh up the pros and cons.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  57. I don’t consciously work out the rules of social situations.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  58. I am good at predicting what someone will do.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  59. I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend’s problems.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree

  60. I can usually appreciate the other person’s viewpoint, even if I don’t agree with it.
    strongly agree          strongly disagree


Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.
~ Michel de Montaigne
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