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I’m a thinker, not a feeler

Peter blogged about his empathy quotient, and a bunch of us joined in the test. I ranked low, which didn’t really surprise me. I was a 36 out of 80. Apparently I don’t care about people around me. Which is funny, because I think I do.

Then I took the Systemizing test and realized what all those brain parts that aren’t being empathetic are spending their time doing…they are looking at the world and being curious about how it works. My score on this was 73. The authors of the test had this to say about the score:

“51 – 80 is very high (three times as many people with Asperger Syndrome score in this range, compared to typical men, and almost no women score in this range)”

Great. So I’m an asperger guy trapped in a woman’s body. Thanks, test.

1 Comment

  1. Alexa

    You rock. I got a 38 on the Empathy test… and I don’t think it’s cause I’m brash, I’m just usually busy thinking about other things and systemizing abstract things.

    I “only” got a 42 on the systemizing test (still at aspergers levels), but it’s because I was kind of polarized: There are some things I’m absolutely obsessed with analyzing, and some things I just can’t get into:

    I’m obsessed with understanding and analyzing abstract things (social relationships, language, philosophy, money), which hardly interest Seth at all, and Seth is obsessed with understanding and analyzing concrete things (physical networks, geology, history), which hardly interest me at all.

    I’d really like to figure out which personality trait causes that difference. I’m guessing it’s extroversion (as in externally-oriented) vs. introversion…

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