What is the word for someone who has an ability to observe/experience anothers actions and words and then quickly identify the root or underlying cause/motivation for those words and actions?

  • I don't think there is such a word. – JSBձոգչ Jan 8 '15 at 16:00

"perspicacious" (adj)

  • able to judge quickly and correctly what people and situations are really like. words in a sentence
  • having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning TFD
  • Although the detective was a perspicacious woman, she was not able to identify the killer’s motive.

  • The perspicacious salesman earned a great living because he knew how to read his customers.

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  • How do you like that? Never heard of it. It would probably be a lot more popular if it was easier to pronounce. (Guess I'll stick with "intuitive", for now.) – Oldbag Jan 8 '15 at 17:04
  • “Insightful” might do, if you want a more common word, though it has a broader meaning. “Perspicacious” is better. – Celery Man Jan 8 '15 at 17:34

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