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Love them or hate them, your emotions are an incredibly important aspect of who you are and how you react to the world around you. Influenced by your personality, habits and coping mechanisms, the way that you express your emotions is unique to you, however, you will find that those born under the same zodiac sign often share a lot of commonalities.

Established from a young age, your natural form of emotional expression can have a significant impact on how you live your life. Consider, for a moment, how you respond to stressful situations. Are you someone who allows your emotions to tear you down, wallowing in a pool of tears and frustration, or do you take these feelings and use them to propel you and motivate you? When you are upset with someone, are you able to talk it through calmly expressing what upsets you, or are you so overcoming by these emotions that you are unable to carry on a conversation? Does your face give away what you are feeling at any given moment?

Astrology reveals that those born under the same zodiac sign share a number of similar personality traits and characteristics. By applying these to the concept of emotional expression, one can predict how you are going to respond in various emotional situations. Interested in discovering what your zodiac sign reveals about your emotions?

Here is how you express your emotions, according to your zodiac sign:

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

No one wants to be on the receiving end of the rage, frustration, and temper of an Aries. You aren’t good at hiding how you feel or even trying to remain calm. Instead, you allow your emotions to push your right over the edge. Unfortunately, this tends causes the more negative emotions in your life to overshadow your positive emotions. Try focusing a little more attention on the reasons you have to be happy.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

Strong and stable, you work hard to ensure that the world sees you as such which means that you have no desire to share any ‘vulnerable’ emotions with those around you. Sure, you’ll crack a smile or sigh when you’re annoyed, but you bottle almost everything up to deal with later when you’re alone. It is incredibly important that you just that, however. Carve time into your busy schedule to deal with those bottle emotions or you will eventually explode (and it won’t be pretty).

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

An incredibly lively and upbeat individual, when things are going well you express joy and happiness openly and with no restraint. However, when things are difficult, that’s when you struggle. You don’t know how to deal with sadness, nor do you have any desire to figure it out. Instead, you will shut down and hide away from the world waiting for everything to pass.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

If there is any zodiac sign known for their emotions, it’s you Cancer. You are highly familiar with your emotions, which empowers you to handle them better them most. Despite this connection with your emotional side, you still need the support of family, friends and loved ones to help you get through, especially when things are a little difficult.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your ego often pushes you to portray an image of perfection and control, as if you can handle anything and everything that life may throw your way with ease. What others may not realize, however, is that you’re actually a major drama queen that struggles to keep your emotions under wrap. If you’re going to manage your emotions effectively, you are going to have to work on grounding yourself in reality rather than allowing yourself to over exaggerate everything.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

Emotions for you, Virgo, are definitely not always a beneficial experience, you’ve got some work to do on how you manage things. When you are faced with a challenge or difficulty, you expect the world to leave you alone to wallow in your sadness and wallow you will! If anyone does try to reach out, you lash out and confront them. You’ve got nothing to gain from this behavior.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

You’re the master of the fake smile, acting like everything is okay regardless of what you may be going through simply to keep the peace. It’s important to note, however, that denying your emotions won’t make them go away – they are still going to be waiting and festering beneath the surface. Before you have a complete breakdown, you need to take time to deal with them.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

If there is any sign that should be avoided when they are dealing with difficult emotions, it’s the passionate and overly sensitive Scorpio. Your brave front and largely emotionless exterior cause you to come across as mysterious, but all it takes is for a specific moment or experience to flip a switch and you will go from 0 to 60 fast. In those moments, you’re an over the top, highly emotional and incredibly intense individual.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

As an incredibly optimistic person, negative emotions hit you hard. You can weather the smaller storms with a smile on your face and a positive outlook for the future, but there will come a time when you just can’t take any more and it will send you down into a dark pit of depression. It is at these moments that you need to learn to rely on the people you love. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

A highly logically minded individual, you prefer to avoid emotions at all costs, as you see them as frivolous and unnecessary. All they do, in your opinion, is complicate things. However, burying your emotions away won’t actually release them from your life. When they do boil to the surface, you overthink everything, making it even worse. This can easily lead to issues like substance abuse if you don’t take control and fast.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

When you find yourself faced with negative or difficult emotions, your first response is to distract yourself in some way. This may come in the form of burying yourself in work, taking on new hobbies and responsibilities, or trying to care for those around you. If you do avoid your emotions long enough you will eventually blow up, so it’s in your best interest, and the best interests of those around you, to carve some time into your schedule to sit down and work through them.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

A highly anxious individual, it doesn’t take much to push you to the point that you want to withdraw or run away. Your first reaction, in most situations, is to escape to your happy little dreamland and avoid reality entirely. While this may feel right, it’s not going to benefit anyone. Take a moment, recollect yourself and then return to reality to face your challenges if you want to move past them.

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