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The world of love and dating is confusing and difficult at the best of times. Award first dates, well-meaning introductions and casual flirting all rely upon the ability to read the body language, tone, and facial expressions of those that you meet. It’s all about reading the signals! But what about when those signals are less than reliable?

Sure, the case could be made that nearly every single one of us has been guilty of sending out mixed signals at one time or another in our lives. Whether you were purposely stringing someone along a little just to win them over and get your way, or your heart is so big that you couldn’t help but respond in an overly kind way to the person flirting with you that you genuinely have no interest in. But for some people, this isn’t a ‘once in a blue moon’ type of situation. There are some people who send out so many mixed signals, it’s nearly impossible to weed out the fact from fiction. Are they really interested in you?

There are some personality types that struggle with mixed signals more than others. This is often the result of a specific character trait or outlook on life – for example, if one’s default approach to life is to not trust other people in any situation, they may be more inclined to see connections as the opportunity to get their way. They are then more likely to flirt as a means of convincing someone to see their way, or manipulating the situation, rather than to form a romantic connection.

Knowing this, you can take steps to prepare and protect yourself. Is your latest love interest truly into you, or are you merely reading the signals wrong? Are they sending mixed signals to manipulate you? These questions and more will help you make well-educated discussions.

These 6 Zodiac signs will torture you with their never-ending mixed signals:

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

Highly energetic, fast-paced, impulsive and overly social, the biggest problem with Gemini is that they genuinely want it all, all the time. What you may interpret as mixed messages may actually be completely genuine to them at the moment. However, while one side of the mind is completely attracted to you the other side may already be looking at someone else, your complete opposite. They don’t know what they actually want, which makes it difficult for the rest of the world to understand them. The truth is that they need to sort out their own internal feelings first.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

These compassionate and sensitive individuals experience a different problem than every other sign on this list. They know what they want, fully aware of whether they are interested in you or not. Their problem? They completely SUCK at communication. They may be trying to let you down gently, but when their communication skills fail them it comes across as a coy flirtation. Or, on the other hand, they may come across as being really disinterested simply because they can’t find a way to tell you that they want you more than anything else. This ultimately costs them a lot of potential relationships, until they can find someone willing to do the hard work of deciphering what they are trying to say.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

The biggest struggle that Libras face when it comes to sending out their thoughts and feelings into the world is that their heart is constantly changing. Sure, all signs may have pointed to a serious attraction, and at that moment that may very well have been what they were feeling. However, when their minds change 30 seconds later, so too do the messages they are sending. For this reason, it’s less about mixed signals and more about ever-changing emotions.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

The highly mysterious and passionate Scorpio knows exactly what they want in life, and they refuse to allow anything to stand in their way. Whether they are trying to move forward for a cause that they feel strongly about or protecting the people that they love, they will go to extreme lengths – including using mixed signals to manipulate others to ensure that they get their way. It’s not that they want to hurt anyone, but they know where their priorities lie. That being said, watch for signs that this flirtation may be genuine. If you are the one they have chosen, know that you will never find a more passionate love.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Highly adventurous and always seeking excitement, life for a Sagittarius is a constant search for the next great opportunity. They are always on the go, adrenaline guiding their actions and decisions. The problem with living this way is that they can be impulsive and reckless, and they often forget about the thoughts and feelings of others entirely. For this reason, they may flirt with you one day and disappear off the face of the earth the next. It’s not a reflection of you, they simply didn’t think before taking off for that whirlwind trip or pursuing that business opportunity. That’s what it boils down to, they just don’t think.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Unlike some of the other signs on this list that are well aware of their characters flaws and the reason why they are sending mixed signals out into the world, Aquarius is completely unaware. They live in their own little world, but this doesn’t always sync with the world we’re familiar with. As a result, they may find themselves in a situation where they are sending out signals of attraction to someone who is nothing more to them than a faceless figure passing them by. Consider, for a minute, the person you randomly nod a hello to in the grocery store because you happened to cross paths and thought it was the polite thing to do.