I’m probably on the autistic spectrum somewhere (not sure) but I suspect I lack the ability. So for me, surveys and introspection and output makes sense.
I can only guess what someone is thinking or believes if I have enough knowledge about them to deduce.
But it’s not automatic. It’s effort.
Ah yeah, this sounds like me. I mean, you don’t know what you don’t experience if you’ve never experienced it, although with enough explanation, one can imagine what such an ability might be like.