I vaguely remember the word that I was encountered earlier that can be roughly summed up as the Title. Not entirely sure if it's a word or a phrase. It's been bugging me for a really long time, i need help!


Do you mean someone who lives vicariously?

vicarious- Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person. Acting or done for another

  • Good word; I think I was looking for a noun that represents such type of person. Like the word "narcissist" concludes the kind of people who just love themselves too much. – Z. Winter Apr 23 '17 at 16:13

Perhaps not exactly what you're looking for, but useful nonetheless:

Compersion -- 1. The feeling of joy one has experiencing another's joy, such as in witnessing a toddler's joy and feeling joy in response. 2. The feeling of joy associated with seeing a loved one love another; contrasted with jealousy.

It's often described as the opposite of jealousy and is common among parents and the polyamorous.

  • It will be nice once that works its way into the dictionaries. Good find. – Yeshe Apr 22 '17 at 8:01
  • It will, eventually, as polyamory becomes more common. (and as parents realize it fits the happiness that comes from their kids being happy.) – Roger Sinasohn Apr 22 '17 at 14:07
  • Thanks for the help though, it is a very useful word. I was looking for something more like "narcissist". – Z. Winter Apr 23 '17 at 16:20

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