6 Zodiac Signs That Hold Others Emotionally Hostage

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Have you ever had a relationship with a person who knows how to get you to do anything they want? And not only that — you know they're manipulating you and yet, there you are, fulfilling their needs for some reason beyond your ability to explain why you're doing so?

For some unknown reason, you are held hostage within a relationship, and you know that should you decide to go against the wishes of the other party, you will somehow be doing a disservice to all of humanity. Or, at least, you've been led to believe that if you don't do what they want: bad things are going to go down, all at your own expense.

What kind of people do this to others? If we look to astrology as a guide, there's no doubt that the zodiac signs who hold people emotionally hostage tend to make victims out of their partners.

Say, for instance, that you really love someone and don't want to lose them. That person knows it and demands freedoms in the relationship that you don't necessarily want to grant, but you do simply to avoid fighting or losing them.

So, you end up agreeing to a situation that devastates you, all so you don't end up losing the person who is inflicting this bad choice on you. That's called emotional blackmail, and you, my friend, are being held emotionally hostage.

While we're all subject to being victimized in this way, some of us are experts at taking prisoners and holding them hostage, emotionally. And certain zodiac signs are better at it than others.

1. VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

You are quite excellent at emotional blackmail and manipulation, as long as you don't have to do it in an obvious way. You prefer the passive-aggressive guilt-throwing maneuvers to out and out emotional destruction. They'll get the point if you pout long enough.

You treat your partner as if they exist to entertain you, and when they don't, you like to bring up all the terrible things they've done in the past because you're that nice.

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2. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

When someone in your life doesn't do what you want them to do, there's only one way to reverse course on that: emotional bribery! You like to put your relationship at risk, because you trust that nothing will happen to it as long as it's you in charge.

You're the first person to threaten an end to the affair if your partner doesn't play along. You get them to do your bidding because you know they'd never leave you.

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3. LEO (July 23 - August 22)

You get your way, always, and not because you're so magnanimous and radiant, but because you're a manipulative egomaniac who has absolutely no problem hitting below the belt. You deliver emotional punches that are meant to cause reaction, you create emotional scenarios to scare the bejesus out of your friend or partner, and you always get your way, somehow.

I guess people would rather do what you want than face the painful music you like to share with them, time and again.

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4. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

People exist in your world as the holders of personal information that can be used against them, at some point in the future. You collect people's sad memories so you can throw them in their face someday, should the occasion arise where you're not getting what you want from that person.

You love to remind people of their awfulness, almost as much as you like to remind them of how much better at almost anything you are, in comparison to them. You're an expert at holding others emotionally hostage and you take your payment in pain only.

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5. CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Well, you're a plucky one, aren't you? And that nervy, confrontative nature of yours is also the same nature that will poke and prod your partner until they comply with whatever you have in mind.

You're not shy about bringing up touchy subjects, and when you see that holding someone hostage emotionally works for you, you stop at nothing to get your way. After all, it's not your heart that's breaking.

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6. ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

Face it: if you're an Aries, you have already spent most of your life getting what you want from others — the hard way. In fact, it's never been easy, and if you are to admit to yourself, you like it that way.

Nothing like a little push and pull when it comes to getting what you want from your partner in life, and you fully subscribe to the idea of doing "what one must do" to get what you need, even if it means making a mental case out of someone else.

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Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.