We all contain a great capacity for compassion. But did you know there are multiple ways to express compassion? Find out which type you resonate with most by taking the quiz below.

About This Quiz

We owe an immense debt of gratitude to the work of Dr. Gabor Maté for the content of this quiz. After performing extensive work in compassionate-focused psychotherapy, he distinguished five “levels” of compassion “that build on and reinforce one another nonhierarchically” in his 2022 book The Myth of Normal.

Someone you know is going through a tough time. Your first instinct is to:
You see a stranger crying on the bus. What are you most likely to do?
A friend can’t stop making bad decisions. How do you address them?
You witness a heated argument between two people. Your initial reaction is to:
A family member reveals a shocking secret. How do you respond?
You come across a news story about social injustice. What do you feel compelled to do?
When someone makes a mistake, you tend to:
Watching a sad movie, you often:
When volunteering your time, you're most drawn to causes that:




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