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What is a noun for identifying with someone? In Hebrew there is quite a good word for it.

I'm not looking for sympathy or empathy, but a proposed definition of sympathy does reflect my intent although the use of the word seems misleading:

Agree with a sentiment or opinion

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Sharing the thoughts of someone (not with someone)

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    Might I ask what the Hebrew word is?
    – Jon Purdy
    Oct 8, 2011 at 18:51
  • הזדהות Pronounced "Eez-duh-hoot", which could stand for identification, but also for this purpose. Oct 8, 2011 at 19:25

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I think sympathy and empathy are actually quite good choices in many contexts, but there’s also like-mindedness, compatibility, and a number of others depending on what you’re going for.

It may be more idiomatic to say that two people are of one mind or on the same page about a particular topic or interest.

Based on what you’re trying to translate, I think identification actually is what you’re looking for. It’s a literal translation of הזדהות, and it can refer to the emotional experience of identifying with someone or something, as well as the mundane meaning of a driver’s license or other form of personal identification. Its use is largely confined to the latter definition, however, so one of the other terms is probably a better fit.

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How about likemindedness (also like-mindedness)?

These aren't nouns, but you can also describe someone as being on the same page as someone else or simpatico with someone else.

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