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Yes, I know the same thing has been asked before, but there were no answers that fit the word I'm trying to find.

Anyway, what is a word for "knowing the feeling from X situation"? That would be something like "know that feel" in slang. I am not thinking of sympathy or empathy.

It is more like: let's say someone describes a situation like "and then I feel sad because of what is said", and I know myself from it or I know the feeling very well. Sorry if I'm not very good at explaining. Hope someone knows what I am talking about. If it is of any help, I would say "å føle seg truffen" in Norwegian.

I think I'll stick with something like "I recognize know that feeling" or "I can relate".

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Can you explain what is wrong with "sympathy"? It means almost exactly what you have described. –  Cameron Jun 25 '12 at 22:13
    
Well, maybe I should correct it, because it is more like "knowing the feeling from X situation". Well, it is kind of hard to explain, as english isn't y primary language. –  adrianpip2000 Jun 25 '12 at 22:49
    
I would use "I know that feeling," not "I recognize that feeling." Recognize implies that you can perceive it, without necessarily ever experiencing it first-hand. If someone is cursing on the golf course and throwing his clubs around, anyone can recognize that he's angry. But if I tell him, "I know that feeling," that would imply that I've been frustrated on the golf course, too. In such situations, know implies can relate to while recognize does not. –  J.R. Jun 26 '12 at 11:51
    
You're absolutely right. –  adrianpip2000 Jul 5 '12 at 10:48

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Maybe it could be "likewise". It can be used in many cases, when someone expresses some feeling/opinion, and you want do say that you feel/think the same.

E.g.: A: It was a pleasure talking to you. B: Likewise. (it was a pleasure for me as well)

A: I feel sad for this. B: Likewise. (I feel sad too)

Etc.

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I don't think the OP is asking something like that. And those who up voted this answer too seem to have got the question wrong. OP might clarify. –  Kris Dec 28 '12 at 15:09

In casual conversation, if someone related feelings to me which I had experienced before, was familiar with, and was made to feel by the description - I would be most likely to say something like I know what you mean, e.g.

Person A: ... and it made me feel completely ashamed.

Person B: I know what you mean.

When describing such situations rather than participating in them (I'm not sure which you are asking about), a simple and common option is to say that you feel for the other person.

For instance, if I said something like:

Casey was telling me all about her breakup; I really felt for her.

it would imply not only that I was sympathetic, but that, as you said, I knew her particular feelings well myself.

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Another alternative for "I know what you mean" might be "I can relate." –  J.R. Jun 25 '12 at 22:37
    
^ Good point. I think "can relate" works well for the second scenario, actually (I could really relate to Casey's experience) but not so much for the first - as Person B, I would be reluctant to say "I can relate" for fear that Person A will think I am self-centeredly turning the conversation toward my own experiences, rather than being a good listener. Still, it's certainly something people do say in that context. –  alcas Jun 25 '12 at 22:40

So simple.

I tell my friends, be it guys or girls, “I feel you, bro.”

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I would say something like commiserate, which means “to express sympathy or pity”.

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Try to include a useful definition, explanation, usage examples from a reliable source with citation. So that it doesn't appear like a personal opinion or a guess. –  Kris Dec 28 '12 at 15:07
    
I’m not sure that sharing someone’s misery always applies to sharing their feelings. They are more feelings than misery. –  tchrist Dec 28 '12 at 15:53

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