I'm looking for a verb or noun that refers to our capacity to abstract someone else’s experience or experiences vicariously. Such a word would be good for describing what it takes to be able to profile a serial killer or to survive after analyzing a victim's suicide note for examples. I'm looking for a more clinical term than empathy.
'Empathy' would work if the line between definition and connotation weren't so ambiguous. Most of the definitions I found, however, seem to necessitate personal opinion toward the other's experience, such as deeming his/her emotions as appropriate for the situation. I looking for anything that refrains from such presumptions.