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How Empathic Are You?

(Adapted from Gudykunst, 2004)
The purpose of this questionnaire is to help you assess your ability to empathize with people who do not share your cultural background.

Assess your typical communication and interaction style by responding to the following statements.

When you think of your interactions, is the statement:

       Always False (1)
       Usually False (2)
       Sometimes False or Sometimes True (3)
       Usually True (4) or
       Always True (5)


1.    I try to understand others experiences from their perspectives.
       1 2 3 4 5


2.    I follow the 'Golden Rule' ("Do unto others as you would have them
       do unto you") when interacting with others.
       1 2 3 4 5


3.    I can connect to the emotions experienced by others when
       we interact.
       1 2 3 4 5


4.    I imagine how I would feel in their situation in order to understand others.
       1 2 3 4 5


5.    I am able to pick up on others feelings without being told.
       1 2 3 4 5


6.    In any given situation others experience the same feelings as I do.
       1 2 3 4 5


7.    I can imagine how they feel when others are having problems, .
       1 2 3 4 5


8.    I find it difficult to understand emotions others experience.
       1 2 3 4 5


9.    I try to see others as they want me to see them.
       1 2 3 4 5


10.    I never seem to know what others are thinking when we interact.
       1 2 3 4 5

      
To find your score, first reverse the responses for the even numbered items

For example:

If you wrote 1, make it 5
If you wrote 2, make it 4
If you wrote 3, leave it as 3
If you wrote 4, make it 2
If you wrote 5, make it 1

Then, add all these numbers together.

Scores range from 10 to 50.
The higher your score, the more you are able to empathize.
On average, most women score about 27 and most men about 22.

10-20
You have difficulty understanding how other people feel. You are particularly mission-minded rather than people-centric and should learn to focus more on others.

21-30
You have an average ability to understand how other people feel and respond appropriately. You know how to treat people with care and sensitivity.

31-40
You have an above average ability to understand how other people feel and respond appropriately. You are good at finding ways to meet the needs of others.

41-50
You have a very high ability to understand how other people feel and respond appropriately. You are extremely good at empathizing with others and should use your talent to equip others to do the same.
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