Emotional intelligence includes (according to popular psychology) skills of understanding emotions and using it to guide thoughts and behaviour. Regardless of whether emotional intelligence exists on its own at as a construct or whether it is simply a combination of other traits is debatable, but questionnaires that are used to measure EI have been found to correlate with several real-life criteria, such as careers and education. 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.