Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Quiz: where do you fall on the empathy scale?

istock heart.jpg

It’s the modern buzzword we’ve all been told to strive for – but how much is too much when it comes to empathy?

While there’s no denying that it’s a good thing to be able to relate to those around you on an emotional level, the Goldilocks rule can be applied to our levels of understanding just as easily as it can be to porridge; there is a sweet spot.

Too little empathy, and you wind up becoming slightly robotic, stony-faced over heartbreaking news stories, ignoring the needs of others, and completely at a loss when faced with your best friend’s tears.

Too much empathy, and you put yourself at risk of heightened stress levels and the inability to make rational, impartial decisions. 

Read more: Stylist investigates the dark side to empathy

Ideally, we need to find the 'just right' spot - which is a little trickier to determine than Goldilocks' taste test.

To help you to determine exactly how empathetic you are, Stylist has teamed up with a psychologist to design a quiz that will help you to determine exactly how empathetic you are.

More importantly, they have also dished out some advice on how to address your compassion levels if you find yourself too far on either side of the sliding empathy scale.

Time to find out where you fit into all things empathetic...



How to clear your mind and avoid brain fog

gin psychopath.jpg

Gin lovers, science says you all share this unusual personality trait

girl interrupted.jpg

This common reaction could reveal if you’re a psychopath or not



“Why I risked my life to convert to Zoroastrianism”

As the influence of ISIS spreads, women in Iraqi Kurdistan are converting to an ancient religion that preaches gender equality

by Corinne Redfern
26 Jul 2017

These are THE most annoying buzzwords used in the office

Come on admit it, how many of these do you use?

by Megan Murray
26 Jul 2017

The scientific reason why twenty-somethings cheat on their partners

As if dating wasn't hard enough...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Jul 2017

An espresso martini festival is coming to the UK this summer

All aboard for an homage to the suave and punchy concoction

by Anna Brech
26 Jul 2017

We finally know when Wonder Woman 2 will be out in cinemas

Because one female-led superhero film is just not enough

by Moya Crockett
26 Jul 2017

11 travel booking hacks that could score you a first class seat

These thrifty tips are the only thing between you and your next holiday

by Megan Murray
26 Jul 2017

5 of your Facebook friends are psychopaths – but which ones?

Here are the red flags to watch out for…

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Jul 2017

How a 'coffee nap' can supercharge your work day

Brew up the caffeine and then hit snooze

by Anna Brech
26 Jul 2017

This grandad just won the internet with his adorable emoji cheat sheet

And the award for the cutest grandparent goes to...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Jul 2017

Helen Mirren’s on-point career advice is the best you’ll ever hear

Concise and brilliant insight from the Hollywood icon

by Anna Brech
26 Jul 2017