Is the actual feeling felt or is a feeling that is perceived to be the same felt in this situation?
I like Wyotes post, because he beings up a very good point. There are definitely two different types of experiences that often get confused when not looked at carefully.
Back to JimBobby's question: One could have experienced a situation leading to a certain emotion, and one may have not experienced a situation but could lead to that same emotion. I thought of it almost as looking at two pieces of jewelry; one being real and one being a look a like.
The problem I have with this situation is that no one can be for certain that our emotions can ever be exactly the same anyway. Since each person's universe is different, even if it is a slight
difference, we can never really experience another person's exact emotions. I think it would Have to be a matter of perception, rather than direct experience.
Like I said though, I do believe you Can experience there emotion, not to the exact level they have. I knows it's really getting specific now, but it's should be something to consider.
I'll use the child birth example too. Two women give birth though. One had delivered normally, but felt like dying. Another woman delivered normally, but didn't feel like dying. Put under the same circumstances, they both know what it's like to give birth, but one felt it to a different degree than the other.
Do they know the exact emotion and feeling of each other's births? no. Because to convey that kind of emotion to another, for now, is impossible.