The word for today is…
empathy (noun) – 1. The ability to identify with or understand another’s situation or feelings: Empathy is a distinctly human capability.
2. The attribution of one’s own feelings to an object.
Source : The Free Dictionary
Etymology : 1908, modeled on German Einfühlung (from ein “in” + Fühlung “feeling”), which was coined 1858 by German philosopher Rudolf Lotze (1817-1881) as a translation of Greek empatheia “passion, state of emotion,” from assimilated form of en “in” + pathos “feeling”. A term from a theory of art appreciation that maintains appreciation depends on the viewer’s ability to project his personality into the viewed object.