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6 Rational Zodiac Signs Who Take A Breath Before They React

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It’s a talent almost more than an ability to be able to wait before reacting. For many of us, the impulse to react without thinking is strong, rather than taking a beat, considering the circumstances, and weighing what your best move is. 

Luckily, the rational zodiac signs are able to quietly take a breath, count to ten, and then when their blood pressure has dropped, react. And thanks to astrology, we can learn more about who these people are outside of their horoscope. Because when you’re able to do this, you’re more in control of your emotions and the situation.

Think about a time when you got really angry. Did you immediately act, and if so, what were the consequences of that action? Did you say things you wished you hadn't? Were relationships damaged?

There are a lot of negatives that can happen if you react out of anger or hurt without thinking them through. When we take a moment to calm ourselves, we prevent our emotions from taking over and allow ourselves to think things through a bit.

You may be one of those people who lashes out, but then immediately regrets it, only to find out that the damage that was done by your outburst can’t be undone. But these rational zodiac signs have mastered the art of not immediately overreacting from a place of pain. Look at the strategies they use and learn from them. With practice, you can start to react from a neutral place rather than one of chaos and confusion.

1. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)       

Taurus are masters at the art of not overreacting, but that doesn't mean that they don't keep their skills sharp. When something happens that normally would make them extremely angry, they slow down and focus on their breathing, and then they come up with a plan that would help them create the best outcome possible.

Once they're calm and have a course of action, they act from a place of control and neutrality. No one wants to experience a Taurus get really angry, so the more rational the Taurus, the better.

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2. VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

Before Virgo reacts and causes a chain reaction of negative emotions and behaviors, they tend to write things down. It might be a list of possible strategies for the situation or the good and bad points of various actions, or even how Virgo feels. What they write isn't as important as the act of writing which gives them a chance to calm down, collect their thoughts, and act from a place of thought, not emotion.

They may refer back to what they've written later on to see if their assumptions were correct, what they learned from the situation, and if they acted in a healthy way. Virgos make everything a learning moment.

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3. PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

If Pisces were to not deal with their feelings, they might implode at a later date. In fact, it would be impossible for them not to overreact if they didn't get their feelings out at the time of the stressful situation. So, Pisces feels their feelings and tries to express them in a healthy way, hoping that all parties involved can gain some understanding.

Pisces also look for the more creative solutions rather than just having a temper tantrum and acting like a child. Perhaps instead of Pisces and their housemates having a screaming fight about chores, Pisces invites everyone to play paintball so they can get their aggressions out without anyone threatening to move out.

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4. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Geminis tend to react from the intellect rather than emotions, so they know the importance of getting to a relaxed state before reacting. They practice meditation and other relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing, and stretching exercises.

They know that stress on top of stress is damaging not only to the body but to relationships. Geminis try to find the underlying issue that could be causing the stressful situation to magnify. Once this negative trigger is identified, Geminis know not to react to it but to go directly to a place of calm and relaxation.

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5. CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

Capricorns are the epitome of people who are wise, mature, and sensible, so they know that overreacting causes more bad than good. They're cautious by nature and try not to be provoked into doing something they're sure to regret later.

Capricorns tend to take a step back from a volatile situation and look at it logically. How can they make the situation better? If there's nothing that they can do that would be helpful, Capricorns remove themselves from the equation. If the best way for Capricorn to help is to do nothing, then they know instinctively to do just that.

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6. LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Leos are often front and center of any kind of situation, making them a focal point — people look to them to see how they're reacting. Leos know how valuable it can be to take a timeout. When you allow yourself some time before reacting, you not only give yourself the opportunity to cool down, you also may be able to delay your reaction until you're alone.

It's always beneficial to be able to react calmly, not just for yourself but for those who look up to you as well. Leos know they'll make mistakes along the way, but they don't always need people to witness them.

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Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and teacher who loves writing and performing personal narratives. She's had pieces in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman's Day, Purple Clover, Bustle, and is a regular contributor to Ravishly and YourTango. Check out her website or her Facebook page.