Yes, this. It's the science behind 'intuition'.there is a lot of work on the reading of peoples faces looking for flashes of what are sometimes called "micro emotions" that most of us are incapable of hiding. We all have similar facial expressions in a state of stress, some of us may only show it for a spilt second. People that are tuned to it like yourself may have a high degree of accuracy in reading these subtle clues and not even realize that they are doing it. There was a study once upon a time in a long-forgotten article that put police officers, detectives, teachers, nurses and if I remember various members of the clergy including the dali lama himself through a series of tests and the more empathetic oriented career members scored highest. I think because over time they got more feedback on their daily dealing with people and their states of mind and their own impressions based on a 'gut' feel they had whether they knew it was from seeing micro emotions or not.
The 'typical' sensory. perception tests for what is usually meant by the phrase 'mind-reading' - is whether someone can 'know' someone else's thoughts without observable context...that's not something science has ever validated.
But when we say "I can't read their mind" - colloquially - we are tending to refer to being able to intuit what someone is thinking, based on conscious OR sub-conscious/subliminal cues.
@grit - can you remind me, are you a native English speaker? I'm not trying to be insulting, just wondering whether there's a layer of meaning in what you're saying that gets lost in translation...