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Table 1 Factor loading, eigenvalues, and percent of variance for EQ scale items emerging from the principal components analysis (n = 818)

From: Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the empathy quotient among Chinese minority college students

Items Factors
Cognitive empathy Self-consciousness Emotional empathy Social skills
1. EQ36
 Good at understanding others 0.787    
2. EQ26
 Quick to feel others are uncomfort 0.760    
3. EQ41
 Sensitive to others’ feelings 0.756    
4. EQ19
 Insightful to others’ talk 0.743    
5. EQ54
 Sensitive to others’ talk intention 0.693    
6. EQ52
 Tune into how someone feels 0.588    
7. EQ58
 Good at prediction 0.579    
8. EQ55
 Sensitive to others’ talk intention 0.568    
9. EQ44
 I can sense if I am intruding 0.567    
10. EQ01
 Sensitive to others’ intention 0.536    
11. EQ15
 Focus on my own thoughts in talk   0.711   
12. EQ34
 Regard my bluntness as rudeness   0.682   
13. EQ27
 Say offendence   0.668   
14. EQ28
 Reply someone truthfully   0.676   
15. EQ30
 Being often told unpredictable   0.668   
16. EQ31
 Enjoy being the center   0.642   
17. EQ24
 Like impulsion   0.555   
18. EQ29
 Can’t always see offendence cause   0.527   
19. EQ06
 Enjoy caring for other people    0.779  
20. EQ50
 Emotionally detached with a film    0.727  
21. EQ38
 Feel upsets to see animals in pain    0.683  
22. EQ42
 Get upset if see sufferings    0.632  
23. EQ21
 Hard to find upset    0.597  
24. EQ59
 Involved with a friend’s problems    0.519  
25. EQ08
 Hard to know what to do     0.750
26. EQ35
 Don’t tend to find confusion     0.641
27. EQ04
 Difficult to explain to others     0.627
28. EQ48
 People say I am insensitive     0.583
29. EQ33
 Enjoy discussing about politics     0.548
Eigenvalues 4.679 2.213 2.159 1.857
Variance explained 18.994% 15.260% 13.386% 13.073%
  1. Only factor loading values over 0.4 was listed here