Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I took the empathy test. I probably should have stayed away. I love humanity, it's people I can't stand, and it isn't getting any better with age.

Your score: 17
0 - 32 = low (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33 - 52 = average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53 - 63 is above average
64 - 80 is very high
80 is maximum
Support mental health, or I'll kill you.


jed said...

I got an 18. I think the test must be flawed, because I can think of no two other people who are more socially adept as you and I.

Of course, that assume the social situations in question involve rational, intelligent, thinking people.

Wasn't exactly like a Voight-Kampff.

Brad K. said...


Well, that explains why I find you so fascinating and supportive.

I got a 25.

Railgap said...

I don't even need to take that test. Already know I'm mildly Aspy (and maybe even borderline, "high functioning" Autism); strongly OCD, bipolar, blah, blah, blah. Sadly, I only figured out the majority of that crap in the last two years.

ANYWAY, unless it's actually interfering with your daily life (ie; leading a healthy one), it's not an illness that needs treating.

I've noticed a hell of a lot of smart people (ie; most of my friends) have some flavor of supposed mental deviation or other. One might ask whether this is an actual increase in frequency among smart people or whether it's smart people being more observant of their own behaviors.

The unexamined life is not worth living, hey?

Billll said...

I found the reference to the test over on Say Uncle, where the comments go on at great length from people who scored lower than they expected. Lowest score was in the single digits. Go ahead: New Low Score!

Brad K. said...


So, what, just the act of taking the test is a screen for Aspergers and high-function autism? And after that the score is mere distraction?

Billll said...

It's a plot! You take the test, which gives you an artificially low score, which causes anxiety, which you attempt to treat with psychotherapy, which enriches the pack of snake-oil salesmen who wrote the test in the first place.

I love a good conspiracy.