Have you ever spent time with someone who put you down or took advantage of you? If so, chances are you are dealing with a toxic person. Self-centeredness, manipulation, negativity, and authority are just some of the defining traits of toxic people. And through their actions, they tend to make those around them feel insignificant. While everyone has their moments, these zodiac signs tend to misbehave on a regular basis. Read on to find out the six most toxic zodiac signs, from mildly destructive vampires to energy vampires.
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Scorpios often have a bad reputation for being judgmental and cold. Ruled by Mars, the planet of aggression, this water sign isn’t afraid to be disagreeable. They look at life with a cynical, glass-half-empty mentality common to Scorpios. They may frequently complain, sour the temper, and bring others down with their defeatist attitude. However, it’s not enough for Scorpios to see the negative in a situation. They may look for flaws in another person’s plans or ideas in an effort to push them into an argument. And there’s no simple disagreement with this sign: for Scorpios, it’s their way or the highway.
Aquarius is known as the rebel of the zodiac, which means they’re not afraid to ruffle a few feathers. Ruled by Uranus, the planet associated with outsiders, Aquarius doesn’t care about impressing the people around them. In fact, they seem to find pleasure in jostling social situations to gain the upper hand. They like to talk to others, put people on the spot and be combative. Aquarius knows they’re smart and will do everything in their power to let you know that too.
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Cancers are known for their sensitive and emotional personalities. This makes them excellent friends if you are on their good side. However, there is a darker side that they keep hidden below the surface. While other signs directly confront their issues, Cancers tend to express themselves with brooding, angry, and passive-aggressive behavior. And if you think you can call them, think again. A common denominator among Cancers is the tendency to play the victim whenever they get the chance.
Renowned for their determination and practicality, Capricorns are one of the hardest-working zodiac signs. However, Capricorns are equally stubborn and emotionally cold when things don’t go their way. This ambitious sign isn’t afraid to push hard to make their opponents feel insignificant. They can be brutal and shoot you down with their words if they feel challenged. So if you do something wrong, Capricorns will let you know. Their exaggerated sense of superiority can lead to demanding behavior, micromanagement, and an inability to admit when they’re wrong.
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Bold, brash, and loud, there’s no shortage of fun when you’re around an Aries. However, the party could turn sour if this sign detects competition. Aries pride themselves on being the best at everything they do. Ruled by Mars, this fiery fire sign can be quick with harsh words but slow to apologize for offending. They expect eternal adoration from friends, lovers and family members. This means that they are no strangers to bragging and talking to others in order to exert their dominance. No matter what situation they find themselves in, Aries want all eyes on them. And if they ever feel unsure of their position in a group, they will do whatever they can to tip the balance of power in their favor.
Although Sagittarius has a lot of personality and charm, they are notoriously unreliable friends. Don’t expect them to help you move house or celebrate a major life event: Sagittarians are very selfish with their time. In case they show up, it will be on their schedule and they will make sure they are the center of attention. If you can’t tell already, this sign’s jealousy shines through when others are in the spotlight. So whether they’re recounting their latest travels or more popular friends, Sagittarius needs to prove how much more interesting, talented, and cool they are than those around them.
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Lauren Ash is a St. Louis-based astrologer and cultural writer. You can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to her blog for monthly horoscopes and cosmic advice.