The Empathy Quotient EQ

Empathy Quotient (EQ)

Cambridge Behaviour Scale‚ Self-administered

  • I can easily tell if someone else wants to enter a conversation.
  • I prefer animals to humans.
  • I try to keep up with the current trends and fashions.
  • I find it difficult to explain to others things that I understand easily‚ when they don’t understand it the first time.
  • I dream most nights.
  • I really enjoy caring for other people.
  • I try to solve my own problems rather than discussing them with others.
  • I find it hard to know what to do in a social situation.
  • I am at my best first thing in the morning.
  • People often tell me that I went too far in driving my point home in a discussion.
  • It doesn’t bother me too much if I am late meeting a friend.
  • Friendships and relationships are just too difficult‚ so I tend not to bother with them.
  • I would never break a law‚ no matter how minor.
  • I often find it difficult to judge if something is rude or polite.
  • In a conversation‚ I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking.
  • I prefer practical jokes to verbal humor.
  • I live life for today rather than the future.
  • When I was a child‚ I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
  • I can pick up quickly if someone says one thing but means another.
  • I tend to have very strong opinions about morality.
  • It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
  • I find it easy to put myself in somebody else’s shoes.
  • I think that good manners are the most important thing a parent can teach their child.
  • I like to do things on the spur of the moment.
  • I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
  • I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
  • If I say something that someone else is offended by‚ I think that that’s their problem‚ not mine.
  • If anyone asked me if I liked their haircut‚ I would reply truthfully‚ even if I didn’t like it.
  • I can’t always see why someone should have felt offended by a remark.
  • People often tell me that I am very unpredictable.
  • I enjoy being the center of attention at any social gathering.
  • Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me.
  • I enjoy ha‎ving discussions about politics.
  • I am very blunt‚ which some people take to be rudeness‚ even though this is unintentional.
  • I don’t find social situations confusing.
  • Other people tell me I am good at understanding how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
  • When I talk to people‚ I tend to talk about their experiences rather than my own.
  • It upsets me to see an animal in pain.
  • I am able to make decisions without being influenced by people’s feelings.
  • I can’t relax until I have done everything I had planned to do that day.
  • I can easily tell if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying.
  • I get upset if I see people suffering on news programs.
  • Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say that I am very understanding.
  • I can sense if I am intruding‚ even if the other person doesn’t tell me.
  • I often start new hobbies‚ but quickly become bored with them and move on to something else.
  • People sometimes tell me that I have gone too far with teasing.
  • I would be too nervous to go on a big rollercoaster.
  • Other people often say that I am insensitive‚ though I don’t always see why.
  • If I see a stranger in a group‚ I think that it is up to them to make an effort to join in.
  • I usually stay emotionally detached when watching a film.
  • I like to be very organized in day-to-day life and often makes lists of the chores I have to do.
  • I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively.
  • I don’t like to take risks.
  • I can easily work out what another person might want to talk about.
  • I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion.
  • Before making a decision‚ I always weigh up the pros and cons.
  • I don’t consciously work out the rules of social situations.
  • I am good at predicting what someone will do.
  • I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend’s problems.
  • I can usually appreciate the other person’s viewpoint‚ even if I don’t agree with it.

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E Sucksmith‚ C Allison‚ S Baron-Cohen‚ B Chakrabarti‚ RA Hoekstra. 2013.Empathy And Emotion Recognition In People With Autism‚ First-degree Relatives‚ And Controls. Neuropsychologia ‚ 51(1); 98-105.

Baron-Cohen and Wheelwright‚ (2004)