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The Most Emotional Zodiac Signs Ranked

Are you the type of person who breaks down in tears while watching the latest Disney release, or are you more of a follower of the "stiff upper lip" philosophy?

Do you empathize with others and get upset if you inadvertently hurt them, or do you think that a lot of people need to develop a thicker skin?

Your Zodiac sign can be a good indicator of how sensitive you are and how you respond emotionally to different things.

The three water signs Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer tend to be the most sensitive, both in terms of their emotional responses and how they empathize and engage with others.

Aquarius, Aries, and Sagittarius tend to be the most emotionally closed off. They treat their emotions like something they can switch on and off, and often don’t pay attention to what others might be feeling.

Let’s take a look at the emotional sensitivity of all the Zodiac signs, ranked from most to least emotional.

1. Pisces (19 Feb-20 March)

One of the water signs, Pisces are very empathetic and very good at reading other people and understanding where they are coming from.

This means that they are easily touched and affected by the emotions and struggles of others.

Their own emotions tend to run close to the surface and will often need a box of tissues at the cinema. But they do try to maintain a positive outward appearance.

This is because they do not like to upset others and will work hard to maintain the peace and happiness of others at all times.

2. Scorpio (24 Oct-21 Nov)

Scorpio’s hard exterior of mistrust and sharp tongue can make them seem like they aren’t very emotional, but nothing could be further from the truth.

As a water sign, Scorpio’s emotions run deep, and they are always close to the surface. Even the smallest word can cut them deeply.

Their sharp exterior is a self-defense mechanism that allows them to make their way through the world with some emotional security.

Scorpio is another sign that is good at reading people, though their suspicious nature does mean that they sometimes read too much into things.

3. Cancer (22 June-22 July)

The last of the water signs, Cancer is also highly sensitive. People born under Cancer tend define their existence by their place within the community. As a result, whatever happens in their community affects them deeply.

They are good at understanding people and love and accept people for who they are.

Cancer treat friends and family as extensions of themselves and feel the challenges of their nearest and dearest deeply.

They are also easily hurt if they are betrayed by someone that they truly loved or when an important connection is broken.

4. Libra (23 Sept-23 Oct)

Libra often seems like they are a bit of a busybody and the gossip of the group as they love to know what is happening with everyone around them.

But they have this desire to know because they truly care about other people. While they might have a loose tongue, they are also the first person to defend someone who needs it.

People born under the air Libra also have a deep desire to be liked, and often find their self-worth in the approval of others.

They can become highly emotional when they are criticized or when they feel like they have let someone else down.

5. Gemini (21 May-21 June)

Geminis have a short attention span, and they are often flitting from thing to thing and person to person. This can make them seem insensitive.

But while this intellectual air sign may seem flighty, they are actually paying close attention to everything that is happening around them, and are very good at understanding the true motives of the people that they engage with.

They form new friendships quickly because they are genuine and emotionally intelligent.

While they might stop spending time with certain people as they move onto new things, they never stop caring.

6. Virgo (23 Aug-22 Sept)

Virgos are very private. This earth sign doesn’t like to let anyone see the real them and keep themselves behind walls of armor that can be difficult to penetrate.

But this defense is necessary because they are very sensitive. In particular, their perfectionist nature means that they always believe that they are not enough and that they will be rejected.

This false defensive front is what allows them to seem confident, but there is always a lot of turbulence inside.

But Virgo is also very observant, which makes them very good at reading and understanding people and situations. And since they also understand insecurity, they will go out of their way to help others feel good about themselves.

7. Leo (23 July-22 Aug)

Leo can be brash, which can make them seem a little unemotional and superficial, but nothing could be further from the truth.

The fire in Leo’s heart burns bright, giving them a huge capacity to love and care.

Leos are generous, warm, and giving, and care fiercely about the people who are important to them. They are empathetic, even when they aren't able to understand the insecurities that affect others.

The brightness of Leo’s fire also seems to protect them against hurt. They never let others make them think that they are not worthy, and they recover quickly from heartbreak.

8. Taurus (20 April-20 May)

Taurus are very grounded and often manage to be the calm at the center of a storm of chaos. But this does require them to be a little emotionally detached.

Taurus are very good at staying grounded and not allowing themselves to be overrun by emotions.

Sometimes this does require keeping others at arm’s lengths, and ignoring things that would affect some others emotionally.

They can sometimes struggle when they are confronted by the strong emotions of others. They tend to think that something is expected of them, but they aren’t sure what it is.

9. Capricorn (22 Dec-19 Jan)

Capricorn is another earth sign that manages to stay grounded and on task even when everyone around them is in a panic or emotional distress.

They are able to do this because they are experts at compartmentalizing things. They can easily shut off emotions and put them to one side to be dealt with at a better time.

This means that they can be a little insensitive to the emotions of others, because they don’t necessarily understand uncontrollable feelings.

Never expect to see grand shows of emotion from a Capricorn.

10. Sagittarius (22 Nov-21 Dec)

Sagittarius are all about having the most fun in life possible! This means that they are good at shaking things off and moving on to the next thing.

The only times you are likely to see them get emotional is when they aren’t getting their own way, or if they are feeling trapped in any way shape or form. They are classic commitment-phobes.

Sagittarius tends to put what they want first, and they aren’t very good at seeing how their actions and words affect others.

They also aren’t terribly good at reading people and understanding what others are thinking and feeling.

11. Aries (21 March-19 April)

Ambitious Aries is a fire sign with their eyes on the prize, and they won’t let anything stand between them and where they want to be. And that includes pesky emotions.

People born under Aries can seem like they have a switch that they can just turn on and off. When they don’t want to feel things, they don’t have to.

They are also very focused on themselves and what they want and what they feel. As a result, they are very bad at reading the feelings and emotions of others.

They often do hurtful and insensitive things that hurt others. And even if someone points this out, they don’t necessarily care that much.

12. Aquarius (20 Jan-18 Feb)

Aquarius is a highly intellectual air sign that prefers to contemplate complex mathematics or existential philosophy than feelings.

They are also very independent and primarily focused on themselves. They don’t pay that much attention to what is happening around them, so they aren’t good at reading other people.

Aquarius also doesn’t tend to think that human beings owe each other anything. They often have an “every man for himself” attitude.

As a result, Aquarius don’t tend to have deep emotional struggles themselves, or worry too much about the emotional struggles of others.

Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

While individuals tend to be naturally more or less emotional, this doesn’t mean that you only have one sensitivity more and you are stuck with it for life.

Engaging or controlling your emotions are skills that can be learned and practiced if it is something that is important to you.

But it does involve the hard work of truly understanding yourself and accepting yourself. It also means being present for others and often putting the ego aside.