EQ SQ Test

Online test designed to reveal whether you’re more inclined to empathize or systemize.

Empathizers (EQ: Empathizing Quotient) tend to have an ability to identify and react to the emotions and thoughts of others. Being able to interpret non-verbal communications and judging character are traits commonly associated with empathizers.

Systemizers (SQ: Systemizing Quotient) generally embody a drive to analyze variables and understand the rules of a system. Being able to interpret, control, and predict the behavior of a system are traits commonly associated with systemizers.

This test basically covers the Myers-Briggs Sensing/iNntuitive and Thinky/Feely dimensions. The questions for Empathizers include things like, “It’s easy for me to tell if someone else feels awkward.” (Well, it’s easy for me to tell if someone else makes me feel awkward, surely that’s a start.) “I can usually tell if someone is hiding their true feelings.” (Wait, what did the researchers mean by that? Were they flirting with me?!)

The questions for Systemizers include things like “When I am in a plane, I think about its aerodynamics.” (Um, no. I think about the Skymall catalogue and how badly I wish I had space for an antique globe with a minibar inside it, so practical!) “When I open a newspaper, I am drawn to information tables, like football stats or stock market figures.” (Do horoscopes and Sudoku puzzles count as information tables?) “I could easily generate a list of my 10 favourite books and the names of their authors, from memory.” (Wait, there are people who can’t do that?)

I rated just average on the Empathizing scale, which sounds about right to me- I can sniff out a weirdo from about a block away, yet I still have a tendency to blurt awkward things in group settings. Although I’m not one for poring over figures, I seem to sit somewhat higher on the Systemizing scale than most females, as anyone who’s ever looked at my obsessively-organized bookshelf (organized roughly by subject matter and decade of publication, then generally by size, then precisely by author, and finally, quite ridiculously, by spine colour within each genre, and no, unfortunately, I am totally not kidding) would easily guess. Sadly, though, I cannot read a map, calculate a tip, or remember your birthday. But I do colour-code appointments in my daybook, and I will usually notice if you secretly feel bad about something, especially if I think about it after the fact- my emotional hindsight is stronger than my immediate Spidey-sense, if that makes any sense. Which is probably indicative of a Systemizer’s personality. As is the very fact that I enjoyed this test and am now blogging about it.

Honestly, though, it’s hard to know how to rate yourself on these things, since this stuff is all on a continuum, and just because I sometimes feel awkward or socially smooth, doesn’t mean I actually am. Maybe I’m so clueless I sometimes pat myself on the back without realizing that I totally made a mess of things! (Often true.) Maybe I’m reeeally sensitive, so much so that I feel awkward about things that were actually totally fine! (Also true.) If I compare myself to some of my most empathic friends, I’m kind of a robot, but compared to some of my more Aspie friends I’m a finely-honed emotion-sensing collage artist reeking of feelings and patchouli, and forever sobbing at Barack Obama video montages. Come on, you knew I couldn’t go a whole post without mentioning him.

Anyway, the two tests are here and each takes about 8 minutes.

3 Responses to EQ SQ Test

  1. jennyhead says:

    i think something is wrong with this test. i scored 79 on systemizing. me! like, almost 20 points over the male average!

    am i really systemizing? really? it defies my self-concept. i’m going to eat cookies now.

  2. j.bone says:

    I was four points lower (at 35) than the average male Empathizer…and yet I’m convinced I’m so much more empathetic than the average male.

    I am, in the end, a Systemizer. Like the Borg, I prefer patterns and order. My shelves are alphabetized by title or subject and arranged in an approximation of the Dewey Decimal system, toys are grouped by character or theme, and music by genre/stlye. We are 59 of 61.2. Prepare to be assimilated.

  3. Mind and brain are two distinct things. Brain is anatomical entity whereas mind is functional entity. Mind can be defined as the function of autonomic nervous system (ANS). It is claimed that mind can be brought under conscious control through the practice of meditation. But how? ANS is largely under hypothalamic control which is situated very close to optic chiasma (sixth chakra or ajna chakra). Protracted practice of concentration to meditate at this region brings functions of ANS say mind under one’s conscious control.

    ANS is further divided into parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS). On the basis of these facts I have discovered a mathematical relationship for spiritual quotient (S.Q.). Spiritual Quotient can be expressed mathematically as the ratio of Parasympathetic dominance to Sympathetic dominance. PSNS dominates during meditative calm and SNS dominates during stress. In this formula we assign numerical values to the physiological parameters activated or suppressed during autonomic mobilization and put in the formula to describe the state of mind of an individual and also infer his/her level of consciousness.

    Protracted practice of meditation under qualified guidance will help to manage all sort of psychological problems.

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