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August 17, 2013 8:05 AM   Subscribe

I can't remember a word. It denotes the emotion of recognizing that another person shares the same form of subjective experience as you. When I read it, it implied, to me, a poetic opposite of solipsism. I believe it was single, simple word, English-sounding, and not merely a string of Latin or Greek roots. Seems like I read the definition on Mefi. Can you help me recall this word?
posted by rlk to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
empathy?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:11 AM on August 17, 2013


Simpatico?
posted by leotrotsky at 8:12 AM on August 17, 2013


fellow-feeling
like-mindedness
kindred spirit
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:17 AM on August 17, 2013


kismet doesn't quite mean this but people sometimes use it that way. What about synchronicity?
posted by jessamyn at 8:20 AM on August 17, 2013


Are you talking about pathos?
posted by MuffinMan at 8:21 AM on August 17, 2013


Sonder?
posted by polywomp at 8:28 AM on August 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


kinship
affinity
concord
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:29 AM on August 17, 2013


Anagnorisis?
posted by matthew.alexander at 8:40 AM on August 17, 2013


camaraderie
rapport
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:53 AM on August 17, 2013


Here's the link to the word polywomp mentioned, an invented but still very lyrical word: sonder.

Definition: the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
posted by megancita at 9:16 AM on August 17, 2013 [31 favorites]


Ding ding ding! I was a bit off in my memory, but close enough. Thanks all.
posted by rlk at 9:36 AM on August 17, 2013


I'd love to hear it in a sentence.
posted by thinkpiece at 11:34 AM on August 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


More recently the chap's done a video about this word.
posted by lapsangsouchong at 2:48 PM on August 18, 2013


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