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Empathy Quiz

This quiz draws from three scientifically validated scales that researchers have created to measure empathy: the Toronto Empathy Questionnaire, developed by Nathan Spreng and his colleagues; the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, developed by Mark Davis; and the Emotion Specific Empathy Questionnaire, developed by Sally Olderbak and her colleagues.


The quiz contains a total of 28 questions. Please answer them as honestly as possible--there are no right or wrong answers. The first 22 will be used to measure your level of empathy. The last 6 questions are optional and can be left blank - though responses do advance scientific understanding of the landscape of empathy.

Once the score is calculated, scroll up to see it!

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This quiz originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley. Read more about empathy, or find empathy-building exercises at Greater Good in Action, the GGSC's online library of science-backed practices for a meaningful life.