i know this is an old episode but like the first 10-20 minutes the way nick is describing what he went through i went through the exact same thing and feel the same ways. Especially "all of a sudden those stupid pot thoughts carry emotional weight"
Troi could sense emotions telepathically. Rather than humans who can just sense emotions from facial expressions, she had a telepathic sense so she could feel people suffering and shit when they weren't in front of her or she could tell when someone was lying even if they were a perfect liar. I mean you probably know this and are trolling Star Trek fans but my autism forced me to comment anyway