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What is Your Level of Empathy?

Just as intelligence can be measured with an IQ, empathy can also be assessed with an Empathy Quotient (EQ). 

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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 on-going 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. 

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Take the following quiz adapted from The Empath’s Survival Guide to determine your EQ:

What is Your Empathy Quotient (EQ)?

  1. Are you sensitive to others, care about them, and want to help?
  2. Do you listen with your heart not just your head?
  3. Can you hold space for others to express their people’s emotions?
  4. Can you listen without needing to fix someone’s problem immediately?
  5. Are you capable of the give and take of intimate relationships?
  6. Are you intuitive and sensitive to other’s needs?
  7. Do you care about the greater good, and the wellbeing of Earth?
  • If you answered “yes” to four to six questions you have an extremely high empathy quotient 

  • Responding “yes” to four to six questions you have a high EQ

  • Responding “yes” to three to five questions you have a moderate EQ

  • Responding “yes” to one to two questions you have a lower EQ

No matter what your EQ is at this point, it’s always possible to develop more empathy and to protect and center yourself if you are experiencing empathy overload or if you’re an empath who absorbs the stress of the world. More information in my book “The Empath’s Survival Guide” and “The Empath’s Survival Guide” online course.” www.drjudithorloff.com


 

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Originally appeared on Magical Recipes Online

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Dr. Judith Orloffhttp://www.drjudithorloff.com
Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her new book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating highly sensitive, empathic people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a popular TEDX talk. Her other books are Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People, The Empowered Empath’s Journal, Emotional Freedom and Guide to Intuitive Healing. Explore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on www.drjudithorloff.com.
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