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    Default How Well Can You Read Emotions?

    So, there are arguably many ways to define emotional intelligence, but the New York Times reported last fall that people who read fiction tend to be more able to read other people's emotional state based on visual cues.

    How well can you read other people's emotions? I'm curious to see what the average score on the forum will be. Amongst my Facebook friends, it seemed to land around 26. The highest possible score is 36.


    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/well-quiz-the-mind-behind-the-eyes/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0


    Understanding Your Score
    The average score for this test is in the range of 22 to 30 correct responses. If you scored above 30, you may be quite good at understanding someone’s mental state based on facial cues. If you scored below 22, you may find it difficult to understand a person’s mental state based on their appearance.

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    31/36. I do read a lot of fiction though so that's probably why I scored this high.

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    I got 31 out of 36, but I felt as though this was extremely hard. I ended up just deciding on what seemed right almost every time, and I got distracted a few times by some attractive eyes. I enjoy fiction a bit more than non-fiction.

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    30/36, I just kind of went with my instincts.I have a strong preference for fiction.

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    29 I read a lot of fiction but not the kind that is supposed to make you better at this kind of thing.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    SCORE:34/36

    Understanding Your Score
    The average score for this test is in the range of 22 to 30 correct responses. If you scored above 30, you may be quite good at understanding someone’s mental state based on facial cues. If you scored below 22, you may find it difficult to understand a person’s mental state based on their appearance.

    edit: a note on what I read.

    I read off and on, for a long time now I haven't read all that much fiction. However in the last couple of years I've been reading classics and modern classics, which I very much enjoy but I am a slow reader and don't read that many in a year.
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    I got 32/36. On two of them, I second guessed my instinct. Would've had 34 out of 36!

    Used to read compulsively, but not nearly as much for the last few years. I read more nonfiction and articles online than fiction nowadays, but I've started getting back into fiction again. At any given time, I'm partway through a novel and/or a story collection. Not sure what it has to do with guessing emotional states based on visual cues except you might be more practiced at inhabiting another person's emotional landscape and thought process. Dunno.

    ETA: if the study alluded to in the OP is the one where they attempted to pit literary fiction against popular fiction and nonfiction, I see less of a reason to correlate reading fiction with reading expressions. That study was too limited, and I didn't like the way they selected excerpts. Most of what I read falls under the umbrella of speculative fiction with the occasional historical, romance, or literary novel. If fiction were to help me gauge others' moods, it certainly wouldn't be the literary kind. And don't they realize some fiction crosses genres (like literary SF) and some literary novels make it onto bestseller lists?

    I doubt the wankier fiction I've seen in literary journals would be any more beneficial than Danielle Steele for encouraging empathy.

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    I don't get how reading fiction would help with this. I used to read tons of fiction, and never been good at reading facial expressions
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