On the bright side: People are consistently impressed with how “together” your life looks. More people than you know comment on how smart you are and how lovely you are to be around. You’re the perfect mix of a leader and a learner, someone who is strong-willed yet open to change.
On the dark side: You don’t always know best, and you can sometimes be a little thick-headed and full of yourself when you assume that you do. You’re always wide-eyed and looking to someone else for inspiration or guidance, and some people wish you’d step up and be a little less afraid to just be yourself and do your own thing.
On the bright side: You are inspiringly ambitious. Your life seems like nothing but the fulfillment of your desires, and the way that you not only do everything you set out to do, but do it all so beautifully at the same time is amazing. You are a really loyal friend, and honestly, everyone is either intimidated by how incredible your life looks, or secretly desperate to get into your clique.
On the dark side: Things can often look so “perfect” so as to seem fake. You are someone who likes attention, and to be honest, it shows. If you focused a little more on being authentic and addressing the actual issues in your life (failing relationship, money issues) you’d find that you’d be even more liked and appreciated than you are now. (You’d also feel less overwhelmingly jealous of others.)
On the bright side: You are one of the best friends anybody could ever ask for. You are so naturally selfless and giving, creative and determined, when you’re with the right people, you make the ideal partner and even more perfect BFF.
On the dark side: You are in denial about your issues, and you feed off of self-created drama. You are constantly drawing attention to yourself in some way or another, and you need to come to terms with the fact that other people do not exist at your disposal.
On the bright side: When people fall for you, they become obsessed with you. You are everyone’s best friend, and the low key love interest of more people than you know. There’s this inexplicable draw about you that makes people just want to be around you all the time (even when you’d prefer to keep to yourself once in a while). Most people don’t have a bad thing to say about you.
On the dark side: You are basically an emotional child. You are anxious all of the time because you need other people’s approval so much, and have put off actually doing things for yourself, so in some ways you’re under-developed. One of the worst traits of a Cancer is that they are typically slow to mature.
On the bright side: You are the strongest person a lot of people know. Your drive and determination is awe-inducing, and you are tough in a way that doesn’t seem overwhelmingly aggressive but makes it clear that people really should think twice before they mess with you.
On the dark side: You are desperate and controlling. You’re still obsessed with your ex, and it’s mostly because you’re just jealous that they’ve moved on. You’re always thwarting feelings of anger at those who are ever so slightly better than you, and you really need to work on being a better team player. You can support and love everyone at the same time it will fare better for you in the end.
On the bright side: You are the most fun person to be around. You are either super hilarious, ambitious, or an adventurer at heart. When you’re with the people you love, you are always either taking care of them or making them laugh. You’re super sensitive, and the combination makes you an amazing friend or partner.
On the dark side: You have a very dark side period. Your mood swings can get intense, and you can sometimes have a hard time holding your tongue when it comes to expressing how you really feel about people. You can be catty and judgmental, and it’s not a good look.
On the bright side: Your life looks like a dream. You seem to be this impossible mix of beautiful, stylish, driven and successful. Not to mention: everyone loves you! You’re always highly sought after in the dating world, and friends always want to spend time with you, too. You’re exceptional at what you do, and it just seems like you really have it together.
On the dark side: You are so full of yourself. You think you’re better than everyone and people can sense that… it becomes an issue because at some level, they also feel it’s true, and your recognition of it can come across as obnoxious. You don’t want to connect with people as much as you just want them to admire you. You can be flaky, despite how socially-inclined you are.
On the bright side: You are a wild good time. You have such a dark and dry sense of humor, and are the most fiercely loyal person out there. If someone is your friend, they are your friend through and through. You are the most trustworthy and valued person in your friend group.
On the dark side: You have the self-esteem of a fly. You are so desperate for other people’s approval that you end up trying to change who you are to appease them. On the surface, you seem jealous and hesitant to commit, but that’s only because you have such low self-esteem, you envy those who you think are better than you, and are too afraid of being rejected to really put your heart on the line.
On the bright side: You are a true intellectual (even if you’re not particularly academically inclined). You’re just a thinker, and you are revered for how you see the world. People are constantly impressed with your insights and willingness to explore, your personal style, your courage, and your lifestyle. You’re down-to-Earth, sexy and fun. People always want to spend time with you. You are the bona fide “cool kid” of the zodiac.
On the dark side: You have a crude sense of humor that isn’t always well-received. You can be standoffish and insensitive to other people’s preferences. More than anything, though, you’re not as “together” as you like to make yourself seem. You’re constantly doubting yourself, and identifying ways you think your life needs to change.
On the bright side: You are the responsible adult of the zodiac. You are down-to-Earth, quietly driven, and humbly successful. You are someone who is aware of their talents and gifts, and who is determined to use them for good. Wherever you are on your path, people admire how courageous you are, while at the same time being approachable and kind. You are a true leader, someone that people really look up to.
On the dark side: You are as square as they come. You are boring and at times, spineless. The people in your life wish you’d be more willing to see reality for what it is (when that business venture isn’t actually working, or you’ve made a bad decision) rather than plow on because you’re so, so stubborn. The reality is that your ego gets in the way. You think a lot of yourself, and sometimes, that’s what holds you back the most.
On the bright side: You are an innovator. Your life has been defined by your incredible ability to take one thing and transform it into another. You are revered for spearheading an industry, being the unique and creative one amongst your friends, and generally being a completely individual thinker. You’re a badass, and it shows in every way.
On the dark side: You are moody and easily jealous. All in all, it stems from being very secretly insecure. A lot of your drive comes from wanting to prove (to yourself, mostly) that you are as good as everyone else. You grew up with a chip on your shoulder, and if you aren’t careful, you will spend the rest of your life trying to compensate for it. There’s a reason that some people pull away from you.
On the bright side: You are an artist, an intuitive, and a creator. You are someone who oozes your creative gift, someone who sees life in a way nobody else quite does, who pioneers fields like poetry, yoga, writing and teaching. You’re so in touch with who you are, and people fall in love with how genuine you are, and how you’re willing to give up all of your ego crap to focus on what’s truly important in life.
On the dark side: Your head is in the clouds. You are so lost in your abstract dream world that you have a very hard time, like, functioning. You need to get your life together, and stop pretending that responsibilities don’t matter. They do matter, they’re just not as fun and inspiring as the other things you like to entertain yourself with are. The people in your life can become frustrated with your unwillingness to just get your shit together. You’re not conforming by creating a life in which you can actually thrive. Purpose fares better than passion.
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