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Am I empathetic?

Am I empathetic?

“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.”

Empathy is the ability to look at life from someone else’s perspective, all in order to understand what that other person is feeling. Many researchers have started from the fact that people are inherently egocentric. But, the fact that man is a social being, who lives, works, and fights for his survival in the community, changes the view of many things. With such a life in the community, a person becomes capable of compassion.

If you want to find out how much empathy you have, take the test “Am I empathetic”. This test will help you to find out the degree of your ability to look at life from someone else’s perspective, viz how much you understand the emotional state, thinking, and behavior of other sentient living beings. Since many psychologists equate empathy with goodness, we can describe this test of empathy as a test of goodness.

The “Am I empathetic” test is very simple. It presents a list of specific claims. To get the answer, read each claim carefully by marking how much you agree or disagree with it. After that, you can share your impressions of the test in the comments or ask us for help if you need it.


  • Simon Baron-Cohen (2017). The Science of Evil. Empathy Neuroscience Conference, Rome 
1.I can easily notice when someone else wants to join the conversation.
2.I find it difficult to explain to others things that I understand easily, when they don’t understand it the first time.
3.I really enjoy taking care of other people.
4.I often don’t know how to behave in society.
5.People often tell me that I went too far in driving my point home in a discussion.
6.It doesn’t bother me too much if I am late meeting a friend.
7.Friendships and relationships are just too difficult, so I tend not to bother with them.
8.I often find it difficult to judge if something is rude or polite.
9.In a conversation, I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking.
10.When I was a child, I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
11.I can pick up quickly if someone says one thing but means another.
12.It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
13.I find it easy to put myself in somebody else’s shoes.
14.I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
15.I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
16.If I say something that someone else is offended by, I think that that’s their problem, not mine.
17.If anyone asked me if I liked their haircut, I would reply truthfully, even if I didn’t like it.
18.I can’t always see why someone should have felt offended by a remark.
19.Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me.
20.I am very blunt, which some people take to be rudeness, even though this is unintentional.
21.I don’t find social situations confusing.
22.Other people tell me I am good at understanding how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
23.When I talk to people, I tend to talk about their experiences rather than my own.
24.It upsets me to see an animal in pain.
25.I am able to make decisions without being influenced by people’s feelings.
26.I can easily notice if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying.
27.I get upset if I see people suffering on news programs.
28.Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say that I am very understanding.
29.I can sense if I am intruding, even if the other person doesn’t tell me.
30.People sometimes tell me that I have gone too far with teasing.
31.Other people often say that I am insensitive, though I don’t always see why.
32.If I see a stranger in a group, I think that it is up to him/her to make an effort to join in.
33.I usually stay emotionally detached when watching a film.
34.I can adapt quickly and intuitively to the feelings of others.
35.I can easily work out what another person might want to talk about.
36.I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion.
37.I don’t understand the rules of social situations.
38.I can predict very well what someone will do.
39.I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend’s problems.
40.I can usually appreciate the other person’s viewpoint, even if I don’t agree with it.

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