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I am writing a paper on teaching life writing texts, and I have a section that discusses the benefits to a reader who has gone through the same traumatic experiences as the author of the text. My heading for this section is currently:

Benefits for the Sympathetic Reader

However, "sympathetic" isn't quite the right word, considering the fact that the reader does not necessarily have to have shared these experiences in order to sympathize with the writer. Ideas?

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  • Sympathetic is certainly not the word in non-technical use, though I cannot suggest a good expression myself. – Kris Apr 26 '15 at 15:02
  • @Fum I think this is related to the question you found, but not exactly a duplicate because different (though similar) specific contexts are provided with each. – Jim Reynolds Apr 26 '15 at 16:59
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    Does your paper cover a particular kind of traumatic experience? I doubt you will get a good answer unless you edit it to supply more detail or clarify the question. As it stands, I think the question is off-topic as too broad, or it's unclear what you are asking. – Jim Reynolds Apr 26 '15 at 17:07

A good answer is in your question... you could say: Benefits for those with (or, who have had) similar experiences. If you want a term for people who have had comparable experiences which seem to create a pattern, you might say they have had "parallel lives".


Could you do something along the lines of "fellow-sufferer"?

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