Empathy for Suffering


Here are a number of statements that may or may not apply to you. For each statement, select the response that best applies to you. Do not spend too long deliberating about your responses: if in doubt, choose the option that immediately seems most appropriate.

Disagree Strongly Disagree Moderately Disagree a Little Agree a Little Agree Moderately Agree Strongly
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Disagree Strongly
2 - Disagree Moderatley
3 - Disagree a Little
4 - Agree a Little
5 - Agree Moderately
6 - Agree Strongly
Statement 1 2 3 4 5 6
It’s not my responsibility to help people when they are suffering
Seeing other people in pain has a strong effect on me
I am able to disconnect when I see great suffering
Sometimes I struggle to be empathetic
When I see someone else upset then I feel very upset
When I see someone else upset, I try not to let it affect me too much
I am good at disconnecting from painful emotions
I struggle to put other people’s pain out of my mind
I am very empathetic
“Don’t let other people’s suffering get you down too much”
I strongly connect with other people’s emotions
When I see someone in need, I feel I have to help them