According to popular psychology emotional intelligence denotes our ability to monitor feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide thinking and actions. It is debatable whether EI is a psychological construct, but the test score of the current empathy quotient test has been found to correlate to several family, education and career outcomes in the general population. Emotional intelligence is strongly linked with empathy. The following Empathy Quotient questionnaire was developed by Baron-Cohen and colleagues as a clinical tool to diagnose autism, a population who is known to struggle with empathy. Its scores are also highly correlated with our perception of stress and our coping with stressful situations.
Take this test to learn more about your empathy and to gauge your ability to recognize, understand and deal with your own emotions and, in turn, that of others.