Some people’s worst enemy isn’t their ex-best friend or lifelong rival, but simply themselves.
Five zodiac signs are their own worst enemies.
The major problems in their lives don’t stem from those around them but are entirely self-made.
Though obviously not on purpose, they self-sabotage and hold themselves back.
According to Cambridge Dictionary, to be your own worst enemy is “to cause most of your problems or most of the bad things that happen to you yourself, because of your character.”
Whether they let their insecurities take over or they are too stubborn to see what’s best for them, they end up hurting themselves, and their relationships, in the long run.
If you’re a Virgo, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, or Gemini you may be your own worst enemy.
Ask yourself: Do you over-analyze everything to the point of anxiety and insecurity?
Do you get into arguments because you refuse to see the other person’s point of view? Or do you constantly criticize and demean yourself?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may find yourself acting as your own worst enemy.
You don’t have to always be your own worst enemy. You can learn not to do things that sabotage your success.
It’s much easier to be self-critical than to truly love yourself. In fact, psychologists refer to this as “negativity bias.”
Our brains are built with a greater sensitivity to unpleasant news, meaning our attitudes are more heavily influenced by the negative than the positive. This can lead to self-esteem issues, imposter syndrome, and anxiety.
Because you might not feel like you are deserving of happiness, success, and love, you inadvertently prevent yourself from achieving it, which can leave you feeling lonely, stressed, and even depressed.
However, you don’t need to feel this way forever.
It may seem difficult, but in order to stop being your own worst enemy, you should make an effort to let things go, trust your intuition, and take time for yourself.
When you are being overly critical, take a step back and look objectively at the criticism, because likely it is not as bad as it seems.
Here’s why these zodiac signs are their own worst enemies:
1. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
It’s quite fitting that Taurus is represented by a bull because often they can be severely bull-headed.
Taurus has a tendency to be stubborn which makes them persistent and determined but can hurt them in the long run when it begins to hold them back.
This may take the form of staying in an unhealthy relationship or dead-end job because they don’t want to give up.
Taurus needs to learn to balance.
Their stubbornness can be an asset when used in the right way, but it shouldn’t stop them from listening to different perspectives and seeing things through different points of view.
2. Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Gemini notoriously plays devil’s advocate.
The twin logic has them looking incredibly in-depth into every option which, of course, takes time, and probably too much time.
They are overly analytical and won’t stop until every stone is turned, but even once they know all the facts, they are often still indecisive.
Gemini shouldn’t let all their options pass them because they can’t decide.
They see redeeming qualities in every option and can’t pick one, but should remember that any decision is better than no decision.
If they spend too much time worrying about the correct choice, they will soon find they have no choice left at all.
3. Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancers are exceedingly sensitive and tend to take everything personally, which in turn can make them insecure.
Their trust issues make them push people away. While their biggest fear might be rejection, when they repeatedly ask their partners and friends for validation, they are only creating a self-fulfilling prophecy and manifesting the worst.
Moreover, their insecurities can leave them feeling overly sad and depressed.
Cancers need to learn to rest their feelings of happiness and self-esteem on their own successes — which there are plenty of — rather than on somebody else.
4. Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgos are chronic overthinkers. They focus so much on minuscule details and hypothetical situations, that their stress and anxiety can leave them paralyzed.
They will pull-apart a good thing until they are left with nothing but the flaws, and their relationships often suffer because they are too critical.
Their ability to laser focus does not necessarily need to be a bad thing. It can help them with projects and at work if used in the right way and paired with positive thoughts.
Still, Virgos should remember to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, because likely the problem is not as severe as it seems.
5. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Scorpios can’t let things go, sometimes to the point of obsession.
They latch on to a person, project, or relationship and devote all of their time and energy to it.
This can help them finish projects and thrive at work, but when their attention is on the wrong thing it can prove to be either a waste of time, or over the top and inappropriate (i.e., stalking your ex).
While their intensity is admirable, Scorpios need to learn to devote the same passion to themselves. Instead of constantly looking outwards, Scorpios should focus on themselves for a change, because self-care is always a worthy endeavor.
Audrey Jaber is a writer living in Boston, Massachusetts. She covers a variety of topics for YourTango, including news, entertainment and astrology.