The free online Empathy Test may answer many questions, including: Can you think intuitively about other people? Do you understand people? Can you predict people’s behavior? How responsive are you to the feelings and needs of other people? How easy are you to get on with? Are you socially adaptable and approachable?
This quick and easy free online Empathy Test can answer these questions and provide you with:
Your current level of empathy
An understanding of the connection between empathy and the ability to understand intuitively other people and to anticipate their behaviors in a wide range of settings
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Brief Introduction to Empathy and the Empathy Test
Empathy is a personality characteristic, which is about the capability to think intuitively, or with insight and understanding about people, their behavior, and the interactions between individuals in a wide range of settings.
Possessing empathy can bestow a number of benefits, not only in the area of social interactions and personal relationships, but also in organizational and business settings.
Empathic, or empathetic individuals have the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of another person, including the ability to understand others’ feelings, attitudes and points of view. They have insight regarding other people’s wishes, needs and problems.
Therefore, empathic, or empathetic people tend to show a heightened responsiveness to their social surroundings, other people, and social situations. They tend to be viewed by others as being perceptive, observant and skilled socially, outgoing, friendly, approachable, and socially adaptable. Highly empathic, or empathetic people tend to have a broad range of interests.
Intuitive people, including some empathic, or empathetic individuals, are instinctive. They possess the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. As such, they tend to place less reliance upon hard facts and figures than they do on building insight and ‘gut feeling’ regarding people, things, and situations.
High scorers in our empathy test are likely to show openly a broad set of the characteristics above, whereas low scorers in our empathy test are likely to display a lack of, or reduced set of the characteristics above.
Get going with the free Empathy Test now, or read on to have some typical questions about this test answered and to find out more about empathy and the ability to understand intuitively and anticipate the behavior of others.
Questions You May Have About the Empathy Test
Before I go on, remind me, is this test free of charge to complete?
Yes, our Empathy Test and the results are free of charge and you can return and take the test as many times and as often as you wish. The test data helps us to refine our understanding of empathy and its psychological implications, including having insight about people and anticipating their behaviors.
OK, so what does this test do?
The Empathy Test here measures the level of empathy the person taking the test will typically have and show, i.e. the level of an individual’s capacity for empathy, ranged from very high levels of empathy to very low levels of empathy, and the implications for themselves and for other people.
How does this test measure empathy?
The test measures empathy by scoring responses to specific questions related to empathy.
What will this test give me?
This test will provide you with an empathy test score and an online interpretive report, free of charge.
The report narrative gives an overview of what your test score means concerning your current level of empathy.
Great, so how quickly do I get the test results?
You will get the Empathy Test results immediately here at Real Tests Online .com once you have answered all the test questions online.
I’m concerned, will you collect any information which can identify me as an individual?
How many questions does this test ask me to answer?
The Empathy Test here asks 48 basic, straightforward questions which are easy to complete using a very simple rating scale. Help and instructions are provided in the test.
How much time will it take or how long does this test take to complete?
The Empathy Test here is very quick to complete and answering is straightforward. Most people complete the test in a few minutes only.
Before I start the test, can you tell me more about the concept of empathy?
Yes, of course. Read on...
Let’s start with the question, “what is the definition of empathy,”
Empathy is a personality dimension. Empathy is key to interpersonal competence, social expertise and effectiveness.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) definition of empathy is, ‘the ability to empathize, i.e. to understand and share the feelings of another.’
The derivatives of empathy are empathetic or empathic (adjectives), and empathetically or empathically (adverbs).
Empathy is defined on Wikipedia as, ‘the capacity to recognize and share feelings that are being experienced by another sentient [conscious, i.e. capable of feeling and perception] or semi-sentient or fictional being. Someone may need to have a certain amount of empathy in order to experience sympathy or compassion accurately.’
Some people confuse empathy with sympathy or with compassion.
The OED definition of sympathy is, ‘feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.’
The OED definition of compassion is, ‘sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.’
Antonyms (words which have the opposite meaning) of both sympathy and compassion include indifference, and heartlessness.
From a psychological classification point of view, empathy can be grouped with other, related personality dimensions which together characterize or measure self-confidence or self-assurance, poise, ascendency, initiative, resourcefulness and overall social adequacy or expertise and interpersonal effectiveness.
Empathy as an ability helps people to understand and anticipate the behavior of others.
People with high levels of empathy tend to feel comfortable with their sense of self and tend to be well accepted by others. They are able to understand and share the feelings of other people, and are responsive to others.
People with low levels of empathy tend to be ill at ease in many interpersonal situations. They are less able to understand and share the feelings of others, and are less responsive to other people.
It is the individual’s current level of empathy that is measured by our Empathy Test.
The Empathy Test may be taken again and as often as you wish in the future.
The qualities of the empathic, or empathetic person are considered next, below:
Empathetic or Empathic Qualities
Empathetic, or empathic individuals can identify with other people and understand their feelings (called fellow feeling).
Individuals who possess and display empathy and empathic, or empathetic qualities are likely to be characterized by showing openness, receptiveness, receptivity, feeling, and concern for others. Further, they are likely to be able to anticipate the behavior of others.
Empathic, or empathetic individuals who are also sympathetic and compassionate are likely to come across to other people as being kind, caring and humanistic in their nature.
The implications of being lacking in empathy are considered next, below:
Lack of Empathy
A lack of empathy in individuals is characterized chiefly by a reduced ability to identify with others and a lessened ability to show concern.
People who lack empathy may have difficulty in understanding people. Further, they may fail to consider the wishes, feelings and needs of others. Individuals lacking in empathy may tend to judge other people in over-simplified, preconceived and conventional terms. Others may perceive those people lacking in empathy to be distant, unfriendly and rigid in their social behavior.
Empathy, or the lack of empathy is implicated in various disorders, including: psychopathy, and narcissistic personality disorder, which are characterized by indifference to the suffering of others; sadism and sadistic personality disorder, and schadenfreude, which are hallmarked by an enjoyment of the suffering of others; and, autism spectrum disorders.
Empathy, or its lack, has a role to play also in the fields of anger and distress in the forms of empathic anger and empathic distress, respectively.
The lacking of empathy has implications in the organizational world also. Empathy and the lack of empathy in relation to business advantage are considered next, below:
Empathy and Business Advantage
The lack of empathy within large corporations is a defect, according to strategy consultant Dev Patnaik in Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy. People inside large organizations who lack real empathy experience difficulty in making intuitive decisions. Such people tend to kid themselves that they understand their business if they have sufficient quantitative research to rely upon, says Patnaik.
There exists a real opportunity for organizations to create a widely held sense of empathy for customers according to Patnaik, Open Empathy Organizations, as Patnaik terms them, include Nike, Harley-Davidson and IBM, he says.
Open Empathy Organizations identify new opportunities more quickly than their competitors, adapt to change more readily, and create workplaces that offer people a greater sense of mission in their jobs, according to Patnaik.
Organizational consultant Marie R Miyashiro discusses the value of bringing empathy to the workplace in The Empathy Factor: Your Competitive Advantage for Personal, Team, and Business Success.
Given the possible implications surrounding empathy and the lack of empathy in business and organizational settings, as well as in other interpersonal encounters, begs the question whether empathy can be taught or learned as a skill? This is considered next, below:
Can Empathy be Taught or Learned?
While empathy as a personality characteristic cannot be imposed, it may be possible to develop a sense of empathy in people.
Empathy is a skill that is developed gradually throughout life, and which improves the more contact individuals have with the people with whom they empathize it seems. Therefore, empathy as a skill or ability potentially may develop more readily in environments where frequent contact with others occurs.
The experience by observers of the display of emotions by others in particular settings may help with the development of a sense of empathy within those observers.
Individuals can be guided through the steps of compassion and self-awareness, which ultimately may inspire feelings of empathy, according to educator David A Levine in Teaching Empathy: A Blueprint for Caring, Compassion, and Community.
For a discussion about the value of empathy and its development in education, see David A Levine & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Education.
Peter Gerstmann, Consultant Psychologist
Peter is the Principal of PGA Group Consulting Psychologists - www.pgagroup.com (Real Tests Online .com Publisher).
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