Have you ever met someone who could actually do this? Hint: it’s telepathy or “mind reading.” Of course not – that person would have to have supernatural power. Note that there is no requirement for the person “performing empathy” to be in the presence of the subject – it ought to “work” across galaxies and even the Universe! What psychology does say, is that using your intellect to understand people is “cheating.” Asperger individuals use our intellects, which according to psychological dogma is cheating; therefore, we are defective (we have an unfair advantage called a bull-shit detector) and are not quite human.
This is fiction, not non-fiction. Science is non-fiction, not fiction.
Yes, Deanna Troi was a Betazoid Empath, but she’s a fictional character. Perhaps today’s psychologists watched too many episodes of Star Trek Enterprise as kids!