Monday, August 17, 2009

What's The Difference? (Quizzes)

Empathic or empathetic? Being Empathic vs. being an Empath? Being empathetic vs being an Empath? Empathic Intelligence vs. Emotional Intelligence vs. Cognitive Intelligence?

Well first lets look at some definitions to help see the slight differences of each of these. And then we will do a compare and contrast, so we have a better understanding of what separates these things.


An Empath is a person who has an acute or highly developed sense of empathy. Empathy is the capability to share your feelings and understand another's emotion and feelings and is often characterized as the ability to "put oneself into another's shoes".

Both Empathic & Empathetic (which are synonymous of one another) mean showing empathy or ready comprehension of others' states.

Cognitive Intelligence is intellectual abilities such as logic, reason, reading, writing, analyzing and prioritizing. These go on in your own head and utilize only the neocortex, not the emotional centers of the brain which also provide crucial information. These abilities do not require any social skills per se, i.e., you can solve a math equation by yourself, or write an essay, or balance a business’ books by yourself.

Emotional Intelligence
is understanding your own emotions and those of others, and being able to use this information to bring about the best outcome for all concerned. Knowing where emotions come from and being able to manage your own and those of others. Knowing what emotions mean and what information they are providing. Being able to work well with others as well as alone. Being able to combine cognitive knowledge with emotional knowledge and use them in tandem.

Empathic Intelligence is not the same as emotional intelligence or cognitive intelligence, because it is essentially concerned with the dynamics between thinking and feeling and the ways in which each contributes to the making of meaning. The word dynamic is important because it highlights the psychic energy generated when one mobilizes both thought and feeling in understanding experience. When there is an intensity of feeling matched with intensity of thought, transforming learning experiences can occur. (This definition of Emotional Intelligence was taken from the book "Emotional Intelligence", by Roslyn Arnold)

Being An Empath vs. Being Empathic vs. Being Empathetic

The term 'Empath' is a title used to describe one who carries an extraordinary ability for empathy toward others. It is used to exemplify those who believe they carry this ability and separate them from the rest of the general population. It is a way of feeling special and unique to be able to not only call oneself by a title like 'Empath', but by a psychic one as well.

Being 'Empathic' is what an Empath does. It describes the, as described above, extraordinary ability of empathy exhibited toward others. So to say one is empathic, without the title of Empath attached, is to show humility in that one is not defining oneself as one thing or another, simply stating what they are capable of. This is important because we are, each of us, unique and much more than one title can encompass. So to exemplify the ability over the title, says to the other person (even if they do not realize it on a conscious level), that you are more than simply your abilities.

Being 'Empathetic' is the level of empathy by which every person is capable of exhibiting. And while it may be synonymous with the term Empathic in dictionaries, there is a difference. The term Empathetic is a combination of sympathy and empathy combined, thus it is not quite on the same level as being purely Empathic.

Can one who is Empathetic be an Empath? Generally, no. They are exhibiting the normal human capacity for empathy, but not at extraordinary levels. Can one who is Empathic be an Empath? Probably, but there are also other titles one could choose like being a Feeler Clairsentient.

A Feeler Clairsentient is a person who picks up thoughts, feelings and experiences that manifest as a feeling. What they are feeling is energy translated into a feeling. Their sense of touch is well-developed and they have the ability to know people by feeling what they feel.

What you choose to call yourself and how you present yourself to the world is your choice. No one is condemning one way or trying to push one way over another. This is just information. ^_^

IQ vs. EQ vs. Empathic Intelligence~ Quizzes

The definitions above pretty much exemplify the differences between the different types. So instead here I'm going to offer you some quizzes that I've found helpful and let you see for yourself.

Remember that since this is a blog site, there is no need for you to post your results. This is for you and your learning, growth, and development alone.

IQ Test or Intelligence Quotient Test: An Intelligence Quotient indicates a person's mental abilities relative to others of approximately the same age. Everyone has hundreds of specific mental abilities--some can be measured accurately and are reliable predictors of academic and financial success.

EQ Test or Emotional Intelligence Test
: The Emotional Intelligence Test will evaluate several aspects of your emotional intelligence and will suggest ways to improve it.

EQ Test or Empathy Quotient Test: The Empathy Quotient Test is intended to measure how easily you pick up on other people's feelings and how strongly you are affected by other people's feelings.

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