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The Empathy Quotient (EQ)

This test has developed by Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

His theory is that the female brain is predominantly hard-wired for empathy, and that the male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems. Simon Baron-Cohen calls this the empathising-systemising (E-S) theory.

Empathising is the drive to identify another person's emotions and thoughts, and to respond to these with an appropriate emotion. The empathiser intuitively figures out how people are feeling, and how to treat people with care and sensitivity.

Systemising is the drive to analyse and explore a system, to extract underlying rules that govern the behaviour of a system; and the drive to construct systems.

If you take the Systemizing Quotient (SQ) and Empathy Quotient (EQ) together, you can find out how "male" or "female" your brain is.

Please note that all test and scores are not diagnostic. Most likely they are also not telling you something you not already know or suspect. Non of our tests is intended to replace the services of any counselor, psychiatric evaluation, medical evaluation, or any other resource.

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