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Affective Empathy Scale

Do you feel others' joy and pain as if they were your own? Take this test to find out.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | June 26, 2024

Affective empathy is the ability to share and mirror the feelings of others, experiencing their emotions alongside them. It involves a deep emotional connection that allows individuals to resonate with the happiness, sadness or pain of those around them. This type of empathy is fundamental for building strong interpersonal relationships and displaying compassion and understanding in social interactions.

Measuring affective empathy is crucial, as this kind of empathy varies significantly from person to person. Understanding an individual's capacity for affective empathy can provide insights into their emotional intelligence, social behavior, and ability to form meaningful connections. This measurement helps identify those who may struggle with empathy, allowing for targeted interventions and support to enhance their emotional and social functioning.

The Affective Empathy Scale—one dimension of the Cognitive, Affective and Somatic Empathy Scales (CASES)—is a valuable tool for assessing an individual's ability to emotionally connect with others. By providing a standardized measure, the CASES enable researchers and practitioners to quantify empathy levels—helping individuals understand how in touch they are with the emotions of those around them.

You can take this test here. Follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: On a scale from never to always, rate the statements based on how frequently you exhibit the described behaviors.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Raine, A., Chen, F. R., & Waller, R. (2022). The cognitive, affective and somatic empathy scales for adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 185, 111238.

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