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Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus
fallenpegasus
EQ: 15
SQ: 41
Type: Extreme S

This is not a surprise.

It is, however, fairly easy to see more subtle things that this crude test misses when it reduces the questions to two numbers, and even the questions themselves don't lend themselves all that well to a simple 4 point linear scale.

I don't "not empathize". There are differences between consciously picking up on someone's feelings, actually being affected by someone's feelings, and understanding someone's feelings. Similarly, there are holes, gaps, and strengths in "systematizing". All this sort of stuff would start showing up by doing fine grained statistical analysis of the individual answers of larger sets of these sorts of questions,

but that would be too complicated for the "executive summary" types who barely can handle having two numbers and a simple grid chart on a presentation slide.

I begin to think that the people who intuitively feel that they "get" touchy-feely stuff, are the least qualified to research the basis and nature of the touchy-feely elements of human psychology.

The observation that it took someone with Asperger's to feel the need to invent and deploy human elements to the industry of turning cows into meat is illustrative.
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elfs From: elfs Date: April 22nd, 2003 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your scores were more normal than mine? How odd.

In any event, I was somewhat annoyed at the systematic segment of the quiz. The questions about being inquisitive about the parts of one's car vs. the trees in one's back yard I didn't find illuminating: the first is important because it costs money and risks life if not maintained, the latter is not so pressing.

fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: April 22nd, 2003 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
> Your scores were more normal than mine? How odd.

The result of self-directed mindhacking.

I used to be much worse.
elfs From: elfs Date: April 23rd, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are differences between consciously picking up on someone's feelings, actually being affected by someone's feelings, and understanding someone's feelings.

There is also, (sigh), the ability to understand someone's current set of feelings and, using that, project their reaction to something you might do in the future. I can do it but, dammit, it's hard.
akicif From: akicif Date: April 22nd, 2003 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Trees vs. Car

I suspect that in the model they're using, that's sort of the point.

As you say, having a good idea of the condition of your car is important for safety reasons, while knowing about the trees in your back garden is less so (unless, I guess, you've an infected elm tree that could suddenly fall on you). I'm guessing that they may be inferring that being concerned about the former can be seen as something "normal" while concern about the latter is a step or two away from counting the cracks in the pavement.

But then I'm E46/S40, so that's probably exactly what they'd say I'd say....
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