Time for another internet test! Today I’ll be taking the Empathy Quotient test, which sorts the normal population from the dead-eyed, soulless, unfeeling autistics. Ok, not really. I’ll rant about the empathy thing another time because that’s going to need a whole blog post. Here is the blurb about the test:
The Empathy Quotient (EQ) is a 60-item questionnaire (there is also a shorter, 40-item version) designed to measure empathy in adults. The test was developed by Simon Baron-Cohen at ARC (the Autism Research Centre) at the University of Cambridge.
Clinically, the empathy measurements provided by the EQ are used by mental health professionals in assessing the level of social impairment in certain disorders like Autism. However, since levels of empathy vary significantly between individuals, even between those without any mental health disorders, it is also suitable for use as a casual measure of temperamental empathy by and for the general population.
I’m not going to comment on every question because there are 60 of them and some of them are more boring than others. So here are the edited highlights of me taking the test.
When I was a child, I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
What the fuck. I don’t get this question at all. Are they trying to weed out potential serial killers? Anyway, I never cut up worms, but I had a pet one once. He was called Sidney.
It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
This one stumped me a bit; I couldn’t decide between slightly agree and slightly disagree. I might not understand WHY someone is so upset by something, but surely the most important thing is that they ARE upset? There’s no sense telling someone they shouldn’t be upset when they obviously are. Sure, I may not have reacted the same way but I understand what it’s LIKE to be upset so I try to help anyway.
I like to do things on the spur of the moment.
Too bad there isn’t a “FUCK NO” option for this question.
I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
This is one that I spent a long time discussing with my CBT therapist before I was identified as autistic. I don’t understand this question really, because it’s too vague. NO ONE can predict the future. There are way too many variables. Someone might react to something in a completely different way if, say, they had just lost a family member than they would if they were having a brilliant day. And if you don’t have this information then you can’t possibly predict how someone will feel about something. WAY TOO MANY VARIABLES. Maybe NTs don’t think about this so that’s why they think they can predict how people will feel?
There is a possibility that I’m overthinking this, but really this question needs rephrasing or explaining. For now I’m going for ‘strongly disagree’ because I’m not Mystic sodding Meg.
I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
I mean, it’s usually me.
Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say that I am very understanding.
Ok, no one has ever actually said to me that I’m ‘understanding’, but often friends have come to me to talk about their problems and then told me at the end that I’m a good listener and really helpful? I don’t know why. When people tell me their problems I start trying to figure out how to solve them. I’m not the sort of person that thinks talking about a problem helps in any way. That’s why talking therapy was so useless for me; the only way to solve a problem is to solve it. Maybe sometimes people want to hear resolutions to their problems and that’s why they talk to me about it. I dunno.
I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively.
Isn’t this mind-reading? You can think you know what someone is feeling, but you can’t KNOW know unless you ask them, and even then you can’t be certain that they are telling the truth. Too many variables!
I don’t consciously work out the rules of social situations.
They’re always bloody changing anyway.
I am good at predicting what someone will do.
STOP PRETENDING YOU CAN MIND-READ, ALLISTICS.
Right then! The test is over and the results are in.
Your Empathy Quotient score was 28 out of a possible 80.
Scores of 30 or less indicate a lack of empathy common in people with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
Higher scores indicate greater levels of empathy.
A lack of empathy common in people with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome? UUUUURRRRRGGGHHHH. I will definitely do another post about the empathy thing.
Let me know your score in the comments!