Vicariousness: n. mentally empathizing with another(s) sensing and/or actions
Have you ever had a vicarious thrill watching someone do something and empathizing with that human’s emotion and/or activity and saying to yourself-“I know what that feels like” or “I have done that very same thing myself and know what it is like when I do it”.
You are in effect reliving someone else’s experience mentally in your own mind. That is what a vicarious experience is.
An empathizing thrill and a vicarious thrill are really one and the same thing so there is some doubt in my mind that vicarious should exist as a word and should be replaced with empathizing instead.
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