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  1. I can easily tell if someone else wants to enter a conversation.
  2. I prefer animals to humans.
  3. I try to keep up with the current trends and fashions.
  4. I find it difficult to explain to others things that I understand easily, when they don’t understand it first time.
  5. I dream most nights.
  6. I really enjoy caring for other people.
  7. I try to solve my own problems rather than discussing them with others.
  8. I find it hard to know what to do in a social situation.
  9. I am at my best first thing in the morning.
  10. People often tell me that I went too far in driving my point home in a discussion.
  11. It doesn’t bother me too much if I am late meeting a friend.
  12. Friendships and relationships are just too difficult, so I tend not to bother with them.
  13. I would never break a law, no matter how minor.
  14. I often find it difficult to judge if something is rude or polite.
  15. In a conversation, I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking.
  16. I prefer practical jokes to verbal humor.
  17. I live life for today rather than the future.
  18. When I was a child, I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
  19. I can pick up quickly if someone says one thing but means another.
  20. I tend to have very strong opinions about morality.
  21. It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
  22. I find it easy to put myself in somebody else’s shoes.
  23. I think that good manners are the most important thing a parent can teach their child.
  24. I like to do things on the spur of the moment.
  25. I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
  26. I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
  27. If I say something that someone else is offended by, I think that that’s their problem, not mine.
  28. If anyone asked me if I liked their haircut, I would reply truthfully, even if I didn’t like it.
  29. I can’t always see why someone should have felt offended by a remark.
  30. People often tell me that I am very unpredictable.
  31. I enjoy being the center of attention at any social gathering.
  32. Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me.
  33. I enjoy having discussions about politics.
  34. I am very blunt, which some people take to be rudeness, even though this is unintentional.
  35. I don’t tend to find social situations confusing.
  36. Other people tell me I am good at understanding how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
  37. When I talk to people, I tend to talk about their experiences rather than my own.
  38. It upsets me to see an animal in pain.
  39. I am able to make decisions without being influenced by people’s feelings.
  40. I can’t relax until I have done everything I had planned to do that day.
  41. I can easily tell if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying.
  42. I get upset if I see people suffering on news programmes.
  43. Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say that I am very understanding.
  44. I can sense if I am intruding, even if the other person doesn’t tell me.
  45. I often start new hobbies but quickly become bored with them and move on to something else.
  46. People sometimes tell me that I have gone too far with teasing.
  47. I would be too nervous to go on a big rollercoaster.
  48. Other people, often say that I am insensitive, though I don’t always see why.
  49. If I see a stranger in a group, I think that it is up to them to make an effort to join in.
  50. I usually stay emotionally detached when watching a film.
  51. I like to be very organized in day-to-day life and often make lists of the chores I have to do.
  52. I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively.
  53. I don’t like to take risks.
  54. I can easily work out what another person might want to talk about.
  55. I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion.
  56. Before making a decision I always weigh up the pros and cons.
  57. I don’t consciously work out the rules of social situations.
  58. I am good at predicting what someone will do.
  59. I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend’s problems.
  60. I can usually appreciate the other person’s viewpoint, even if I don’t agree with it.

“Definitely agree” responses scored 2 points and “slightly agree” responses scored 1 point on the following items: 1, 6, 19, 22, 25, 26, 35, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 52, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60. “Definitely disagree” responses scored 2 points and “slightly disagree” responses scored 1 point on the following items: 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 21, 27, 28, 29, 32, 34, 39, 46, 48, 49, 50.

Other responses were not scored.

From: Baron-Cohen, S., & Wheelwright, S. (2004). The empathy quotient: an investigation of adults with Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism, and normal sex differences. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 34(2), 163-175.

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