Empathy Quotient

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.

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

Questionnaire


EQ: Empathy Quotient (Max = 80)

  • Asperger : 9 - 33
  • Norm  ♂  : 26 - 51
  • Norm  ♀  : 37 - 59

What your score means On average, most women score about 47 and most men about 42. Most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20.

  • 0-32 = You have a lower than average ability for understanding how other people feel and responding appropriately.
  • 33-52 = You have an average ability for understanding how other people feel and responding appropriately. You know how to treat people with care and sensitivity.
  • 53-63 = You have an above average ability for understanding how other people feel and responding appropriately. You know how to treat people with care and sensitivity.
  • 64-80 = You have a very high ability for understanding how other people feel and responding appropriately. You know how to treat people with care and sensitivity.

Once you have both your EQ and SQ, go here to work out what type of brain you have.