This morning I came across an interesting post from Seventh Voice that had been reshared on Facebook, The Gendering of Autism. The post discussed how a test called the ‘Systemizing Quotient’ skewed results towards scoring men higher than women because the original questions were strongly biased towards traditional masculine gender roles.
This was the second time recently I’d come across the term systemizing, the first being the silent wave’s excellent Asperger’s / autism vocabulary 101, and I got curious if there was an online version of the SQ test (flawed as it may be) out there somewhere.
There is, and I think they improved the questions maybe a bit since the original set from the article. Here’s my results:
The score surprised me a bit, since there were plenty of questions about things I have zero interest in, like stocks and political processes. But I do love to collect and categorize things. It’s one of the things that makes me good at my job (I love organizing data), but also makes me my own worst enemy sometimes (I can’t buy even simple household items without several obsessive days of research).
Organizing things calms me but sometimes also becomes a rabbit hole that I disappear down for hours (or months – seriously) at a time. It’s always been a big part of who I am, but I never knew there was a word for it.