Just as intelligence can be measured with an IQ, empathy can also be assessed with an Empathy IQ.
Empathy is when you care about others in both sadness and joy. It is a skill that can be developed through mindful awareness. To avoid empathy overload, it’s important to learn to center and protect yourself and practice ongoing self-care.
The world needs more empathic leaders, parents and people in every profession. Empathy allows you to understand where another person is coming from even if you don’t agree with them. It bridges differences and opens communication with others.
Take the following quiz to determine your level of empathy:
What is Your Empathy IQ?
- Are you sensitive to others, care about them, and want to help?
- Do you listen with your heart not just your head?
- Can you hold space for others to express their emotions?
- Can you listen without needing to fix someone’s problem immediately?
- Are you capable of the give and take of intimate relationships?
- Are you intuitive and sensitive to other’s needs?
- Do you care about the greater good, and the wellbeing of Earth?
- If you answered “yes” to six to seven questions you have an extremely high IQ
- Responding “yes” to four to five questions you have a high IQ
- Responding “yes” to two to three questions you have a moderate IQ
- Responding “yes” to zero to one questions you have a lower IQ
No matter what your IQ is at this point, it’s always possible to develop more empathy. If you are experiencing empathy overload—or if you are empath who absorbs the stress of the world—it’s possible to center and protect yourself. More information in my book “The Empath’s Survival Guide” and “The Empath’s Survival Guide” Online Course.