Empathy Quotient

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invadergir:
If you find yourself saying slighly, either way, you probably will end up with a lower score then you should.

First time, I had almost every answer in the "slightly" category one way or the other and I got a 48, about average. After I switched them all to the extremes I got a 64, very high. So I'm probably somewhere in between.

hmm a 9 and apparently the 3rd lowest of everyone who has answered this thread. I did have a specialist test me and tell me last year i had aspergers so i guess it makes sense. funny that im the person a friend relies on to talk to about things and issues because she said i can be completely unbiased and non judgemental.

people confuse me

44... but that was a horrible quiz.

30...
I kinda expected as much.

Bleh. It looks like a rather broad, generalized quiz, so I'd take it with a pinch of salt. If you want to by psychoanalysed, then go visit a qualified psychologist. They're simply dying to take $200 per hour for the privilege :p

I got 32? Apparently that's not that great, but then I see people in this thread with 12.

15.
About what I expected. People always told me I needed to "come out of my shell" as a kid, and now I'm a thirtysomething war veteran. Fat chance, folks.

17. Cool, that's one of my favourite numbers, being the third prime of the form x^2 + 1 and the second of the form 4x^2 + 1.

13... Sounds about right.

I know that I'm socially adept, outwardly kind and that I've experienced some things most people will never have the chance to...

But how in the hell did I get 30 points above what this test considers normal for guys???

Blows my proverbial mind.

Well i got a 32, not surprising though at least half the questions either had no real bearing on the assessment or didn't give me the appropriate option to pick (might full agree with first half complete opposite on 2nd half). Roller coasters really?

Though with my personality being almost as far INTJ as it can go i find it easy to understand all the emotions etc and just because i understand your view point doesn't mean I wont destroy it on principal for being absurdly wrong. Though I do prefer animals to humans.....(mainly because an animal in distress can't help its self a human can)

But the test doesn't make sense. Real empathy is about understanding NOT what i do with that understanding (i.e. sympathy) which is odd because the majority of these questions seemed geared to the latter not the former. Like me wanting to be(or not be) the centre of attention has no bearing on my sympathy or empathy.

Very poor questions, though still interesting.

The test is too blunt. If you make a psychology test, it has to be subtle and not straight up asking 'are you empathic?' or you will not get proper results.
That aside, I got 35. That's pretty average.
Expected a far lower score seeing how my social interactions usually go.

I got 27, though I have to say the test is below the standards I usually see in these sort of tests.
...Not that I've taken a lot of tests for this sort of thing shut up

52.

I'm just above the average.

Fuck Yeah, average Joe.

Uh. yeah, the name of the test is a little misleading. People with Asperger's don't have a problem with empathy, they have a problem with picking up social cues and responding correctly, making it look like they're insensitive.

52.
I care very very VERY deeply about certain people, and the rest of the world can die in a firestorm if it doesn't affect us.

jetriot:

This is what I mean. You have broken it down into numbers. The loss of one's child is greater than that of all of your friends and parents combined, not only to the parent but to that community. However it is more than just that loss. Children are pure, innocent and do not understand hatred, bigotry or any evil in the world. Any twenty something that thinks his life is worth more than a five year old orphan without connections is a cold individual indeed.

Since you said you were a teacher, I'll give you this to think about.

There are 7 billion people in the world. Estimates put the number of 17+ year olds at 70% of the population, so ~5 billion people.

So here's the question. Would you sacrifice those 5 billion people in order to save the life of a single child? If no, then you have quantified that child's life. You've placed a value on that life, which if exceeded, then you agree the life of that child is not worth saving, whether that number is 1-4,999,999,999. So, in essence, you've reduced that child's life to a number, as I have. The only difference is that my number is below 1.

If you answered yes, then I ask this instead: At what point is a child no longer a child? When does a death go from being horrific to casual? Is it age? Are you willing to shed a tear over someone who is three days away from the birthday when their live suddenly loses value, but shrug at the person unfortunate enough to be born three days earlier? Is it 'innocence'? At what point is innocence lost? Is a child who was locked in a basement for ten years, continuously beaten and raped no longer worth valuing because they're no longer 'innocent'? Unless innocent constitutes something else; but if so, then what is it? What is so terrible, but common enough that everyone undergoes it, that it would so devalue a life to you?

My cold, unfeeling numbers are looking pretty good right about now, eh?

12, well that's about right but the test is still bullshit.

19. Eh, not particularly surprised here.

Kopikatsu:

jetriot:

This is what I mean. You have broken it down into numbers. The loss of one's child is greater than that of all of your friends and parents combined, not only to the parent but to that community. However it is more than just that loss. Children are pure, innocent and do not understand hatred, bigotry or any evil in the world. Any twenty something that thinks his life is worth more than a five year old orphan without connections is a cold individual indeed.

If you think I'm referring to myself, I'm not. I specified they're more important in a general sense. Me personally, I have no friends, no family, no significant others, almost no responsibilities, and I could very easily be replaced as far as my job goes. My life specifically probably isn't worth more than a child's, because their potential is greater than what I've accomplished. But that's not true for most adults.

Also, innocence? I think you need to take another look at the kids you spent time around. Most are little shits, ESPECIALLY in middle school. Middle school kids are seriously screwed up. Old enough to plan and take action, but not old enough to understand consequences or personal responsibility.

Edit: Forgot to mention. The proper response to people who say 'Numbers aren't everything' is 'No, they're just the only thing that matters.'

They don't do wrong. They are simply learning what life is, and that includes learning about consequences and right and wrong. That is what innocence is. They have no real malice in them.

jetriot:

Kopikatsu:

jetriot:

This is what I mean. You have broken it down into numbers. The loss of one's child is greater than that of all of your friends and parents combined, not only to the parent but to that community. However it is more than just that loss. Children are pure, innocent and do not understand hatred, bigotry or any evil in the world. Any twenty something that thinks his life is worth more than a five year old orphan without connections is a cold individual indeed.

If you think I'm referring to myself, I'm not. I specified they're more important in a general sense. Me personally, I have no friends, no family, no significant others, almost no responsibilities, and I could very easily be replaced as far as my job goes. My life specifically probably isn't worth more than a child's, because their potential is greater than what I've accomplished. But that's not true for most adults.

Also, innocence? I think you need to take another look at the kids you spent time around. Most are little shits, ESPECIALLY in middle school. Middle school kids are seriously screwed up. Old enough to plan and take action, but not old enough to understand consequences or personal responsibility.

Edit: Forgot to mention. The proper response to people who say 'Numbers aren't everything' is 'No, they're just the only thing that matters.'

They don't do wrong. They are simply learning what life is, and that includes learning about consequences and right and wrong. That is what innocence is. They have no real malice in them.

Watch that and then come back and say they have no malice in them.

Those are just a few examples. Recently in the states, we've had numerous occurrences of things like school age kids tying up another and then dumping gasoline on them before setting them on fire and letting them burn to death.

Children are fully capable of being just as terrible as adults, with malice to go around.

So... 31. Rather average here. I'm a decent human being, ain't I?

Anoni Mus:

It's more about how fit you are socially.

So post your results :D

there is no such thign as socially fit. there can be a person who is similar to what social norms are at the current point. but social norms change all the time (faster please, the ones we have at the moment are simply awful) and there is no such thing as "correct" social stance. now that i done padnering ill go take the test... because i love tests.

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

seriuosly? do people actually do that? what the F?

20. I tend to have very strong opinions about morality.

yes, i have very strong opinions about morality, but not very strong morality, this needs more explanation.

33. I enjoy having discussions about politics.

i fail to see relevance? if politics are part of my job, im autoamtically empathic?

this test is social quotient not empathy quotient, why the misleading title :(

Your score: 10
0 - 32 = low (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)

wait, so 80 is max, why did i score so high? and yes i got asperger and am proud of it.

I scored 23. I knew I've always been anti-social and didnt really like people, but I didnt think it was that much (I always thought I was low-average) But the test thing said that I'm only 3 points above an Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score. I dont see how making plans, talking about politics, or riding a rollercoaster has anything to do with empathy though

Well, I'm average, apparently. 44.

Funny, I don't feel that way. I'm very sensitive to other people's pain, and I tend to know what I should do in social situations.... I just don't like doing the stuff that most people do in social situations. I understand social rules and norms... I just feel awkward when people expect me to do the stuff they want me to do.

I don't think I'm autistic - just very, very awkward.

47, and I'm a guy. So I'm slightly more sensitive than the average bro, and about on par with your average, uh, sis.

I'm not surprised. I'm probably the least grizzled guy on the planet.

I scored 24

I'm not sure about this test though as it seems to imply not being social means you lack empathy, I don;t lack empathy, I do care about people suffering and all that, people I consider "imoral" I get very angry about

64, I'm pleasantly surprised. Whoop!

CAPTCHA bike rider, um okay then

Got a 24, though the test seemed a bit inaccurate.

If I choose to be, I can actually be really empathetic. It's just that I don't often choose to be, and take pleasure in causing discomfort and pain to people who annoy me. >.>

jetriot:

Who knows, maybe I am a little self deceiving. There are certainly different types and levels of empathy to be seen and felt. Honestly, I have always wanted to do a study on why hardcore gamers are often lacking basic empathy traits and where it stems from in the nurture/nature spectrum. The lack of empathy towards children in particular on these boards has always been pretty shocking to me. As a parent and a teacher maybe that hits me especially hard at home, but very intelligent people being unable to feel what others are feeling or unable to value the preciousness of innocence and helplessness is actually frightening to me.

I take issue with saying"gamers" lack empathy..thats bullshit

as for the anti-children attitudes keep in mind the demographic, I think about in late teens/early 20's dislike children alot because they are annoying and the Idea of children is downright scary....not to mention smug parents (I know everything! I'm a parent!!! think of the chillllldren!! you don't have kids? whys that?) are annoying as fuck.They are practically children themselfs and can't understand thease annoying little people and why anyone would want them...generally this can change when people have theor own...or some people just never are "kid" people ans thats fine. I love kids but I don't know what to do with them and I don't want any of my own (right now)

Kopikatsu:

Technically a child's life is worth less than, say, someone who is a bit before middle aged (20-30) in a general sense. I could see why you would think/say that your child is more important than yourself, but children are too young to have really built up any connections or bonds with no responsibilities or anything riding on them, so their death is lesser than someone who, say, has 20~ close friends, two kids, and a job, which will now go undone because they're dead.

A school massacre is less upsetting than a massacre at an office for that reason. By the same token, elders dying is less important than either group because they've already lived the majority of their live and are basically just waiting around to die by this point.

jetriot:

This is what I mean. You have broken it down into numbers. The loss of one's child is greater than that of all of your friends and parents combined, not only to the parent but to that community. However it is more than just that loss. Children are pure, innocent and do not understand hatred, bigotry or any evil in the world. Any twenty something that thinks his life is worth more than a five year old orphan without connections is a cold individual indeed.

I would like to think that life is life, it ALL has eaqual value, and putting value on it disturbs me, sure you can break it down into "vaule" but honestly we are all complex human beings and to value one over the other again...doesnt sit right

I don;t like the Idea that my value as a person depreciates over time, or that children by default and or valuable..on the other hand the reason people value the lives of children is because the Idea of a child suffering or dying is honestly just too awful to even think of,an adult has an understanding, an adult can come to terms with the situation...but for kids its jsut different. its hard wired into us....I mean I actually get really upset if I see a child crying....like this christmas I played with my little cousin and she was just soo cute I felt my insides melting (that...didnt come out right

Kopikatsu:

innocence? I think you need to take another look at the kids you spent time around. Most are little shits, ESPECIALLY in middle school. Middle school kids are seriously screwed up. Old enough to plan and take action, but not old enough to understand consequences or personal responsibility.

thats like blaming a dog for chasing chickens....its not their fault you have to train it properly

15, apparently. This may explain why I can't understand other people. The majority of people I've met might as well be from another planet, though I do admit that they can be truly fascinating at times.

I got a 14, seems about right.

I am not very empathic to folk

Your score: 25
0 - 32 = low (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33 - 52 = average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53 - 63 is above average
64 - 80 is very high
80 is maximum

No surprises there...

I gave up half way...
Also, I can kind of guess what I am supposed to choose to score higher, so I dont know how accurate this test would be.
I took something like this when I was getting my driver's license and I got a A, but everyone who knows me would know it is a very bad idea to put me in the driver's seat.

37. Apparently in the average bracket, but I wasn't sure what to expect so I don't really feel anything towards it. That there's probably the reason I didn't score higher.

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