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To understand someone's character or thinking - thesaurus


identify with

to feel that you can understand and share someone else’s feelings

make out

informal to understand someone’s character

figure out

to understand what someone is like and why they behave in the way that they do



to be able to understand what someone is like or what they are thinking

see through

to realize what someone is really like or what they are really doing and not be tricked by them

penetrate someone’s disguise

to see who someone really is, although they are dressed or behaving in a way meant to trick you

read someone like a book

to be able to understand easily what someone is thinking or feeling

get the measure of someone/take someone’s measure

to understand what someone is really like so that you can decide how to deal with them or defeat them

have (got) someone’s number

to understand someone or realize the true purpose of their actions

relate to

to be able to understand a situation or the way that someone feels and thinks



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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