5 Zodiac Signs Who Need To Grow A Backbone

They tend to avoid all risks.

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If you’re not familiar with that phrase "grow a backbone," it means to stand up for yourself, be courageous, and to not be intimidated by other people. Some believe that when you have character, your backbone (the thing that keeps you upright) is strong, and you’re confident, capable, and courageous.

But for the timid zodiac signs in astrology, they avoid confrontations, have trouble making decisions, or make bad choices. You’re nice, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you’re too nice. You don’t do or say the things you want to say because you’re afraid of how other people will react.


Sometimes, these people are the opposite of nice; instead, they repel people away from them by being mean and nasty. You shouldn’t be a doormat for the world to wipe its feet on. If even the smallest criticism or feedback destroys you and you have trouble recovering from it, you need to grow a backbone and toughen up a little.

1. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Geminis often lack the ability to make good decisions quickly. Sometimes, when people have a problem making decisions, it's because they're afraid on some level of standing behind them.


If they had a backbone, they wouldn't care what other people thought, nor would they pay more attention to their advice rather than their own gut response. They say that since Gemini is the sign of the twins they are of two minds, but they are two minds who have trouble agreeing on a decision.

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2. LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

Libras need to grow a backbone when it comes to criticism. Not only don't they like it, but it takes them a long time to recover from any kind of negative comment, note, or feedback. You'll never hear a Libra say, "Give me your harshest, most brutal criticism." If you do, they're not telling the truth.

Criticism, no matter how constructive, has the ability to gut Libra. Even when time has passed and most people would have forgotten the criticism, Libra will remember it, and just the thought of it will hurt them all over again.


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3. PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

People who are too nice need to grow a backbone, and that's Pisces. They forgive and forget too easily. They are too easy on the people who hurt them, and by being so forgiving, set themselves up to get hurt over and over again.

If Pisces doesn't take the time to process the situation and allows the person who wronged them back into their life without proving their trustworthiness, they are deliberately repeating a dangerous pattern of behavior.  

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4. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Sagittarius is too easily distracted by other people and their problems. They can't save everyone, nor should they try. Sometimes, Sagittarius needs to put themselves first and prioritize their needs.

They can be inconsistent because of all the distractions around them, and their inconsistency can get in the way of achieving their goals. There are times when Sagittarius puts too much faith in people that they'll eventually do the right thing, and that's when they get burned.

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5. CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer cares too much about what other people think. They want to always make a good first impression and they want people to keep that favorable impression of them for as long as possible.


Cancer may not speak up if they think it will make someone think less of them, or if they're in the minority of an issue. They are very sensitive and can be extremely emotional, especially if they believe someone doesn't like them.

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Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and astrology lover. She has written over 500 articles on the zodiac signs and how the stars influence us. She's had articles in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman's Day, and is a contributing writer to Ravishly and I AM & CO. Check out her website or and her Instagram.