Originally Posted by km34
Is that something you're born with, learn, or a combination?
It is both
Kids can do it naturally (often discouraged by adults as imaginary friends or child's play). As we age we often are told to stop being silly (give or take positive/negative wording), and we suppress the ability.
For me it was never suppressed. I didn't know what it was until I was in my late 20's. But it's something I do on a regular, day to day basis
If you are interested in learning, I suggest Sue Fitzpatrick's book, What the Animals Tell Me