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empathize with (someone or something)

To feel someone else's emotions along with them; to see or understand things from someone else's position or perspective. I used to resent my dad for the placid way he is with our domineering mother, but now that I've grown up a bit, I'm able to empathize with him and have a greater appreciation for what he must be going through. I can really empathize with Maggie because my mom died when I was a kid, too, and it was a devastating experience.
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empathize with someone or something

to have an understanding about the way someone feels; to feel emotional pain with someone. I can really empathize with what you must be going through. I've been through the same thing. I empathize with people who have the same family problems that I have.
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Two other ways to reveal a person's empathizing skill are to see how they (as a newcomer) join a group of strangers, and to see how they (as a host) react to a new person joining their group.
Boys born to such women are more likely to show female-typical, empathizing behaviors, such as caring for dolls.
Eye contact may be related to sociability and empathizing. And a group of Canadian researchers found that the higher your prenatal testosterone, the better you do on the Mental Rotation (systemizing) Test.
They may even have problems empathizing with those in public safety.
All the spiritual aspects of ecology are included along the way: the connectedness of all living things, the beauty of the earth, the arts of listening and seeing and empathizing, and the joy we can learn to experience in the simplest natural things.
This is women at their best--laughing, empathizing and noticing and applauding every tiny milestone that anyone reaches.
Since Marder serves as our proxy, it's easy for us to fantasize that we're in the scene, empathizing, rather than merely watching.