Your worst personality trait, based on your Chinese Zodiac sign

Wang He/Getty ImagesYour Chinese Zodiac sign can give some insight into your personality — good or bad.

The Chinese New Year has arrived and with the Year of the Pig comes the zodiac’s predictions of the months ahead, each centered around the different signs and their personality traits.

Sometimes, the best way to begin a new year on the right foot or to ensure self-improvement with the beginning of a new chapter is to look into those traits and begin the process of self-improvement.

How can each of the signs start to forge a new path? Of course, this is just for fun, but we’ve rounded up the worst personality traits of each Chinese zodiac sign and they’re a pretty good place to start questioning just exactly how you can turn over a new leaf.


Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) Cutthroat

China PhotosYou take no prisoners.

Rats’ strong affinity for success and self-preservation can lead to greediness and gossiping, which helps them exploit or expose the weaknesses and downfalls of other people who stand in their way, according to Buildingbeautifulsouls.com.


Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) Stubborn

Kiyoshi Ota/Getty ImagesThere is no moving you.

Just like their namesake, those born to this sign tend to be persistent, resilient, and straightforward, but this can also mean that they’re extremely stubborn and tied to their old ways or methods of doing things. They’re not going to be open to change.


Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) Reckless

According to Buildingbeautifulsouls.com, Tigers are enthusiastic and fun, but this can cross the line into being reckless, impulsive foolhardiness. Combined with their indecisive nature, this might mean making quick choices that are less than ideal or rational. Tigers will sometimes dive into a situation without thinking.


Rabbit (1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) Negative

Chris McGrath/Getty ImagesYou can be kind of a downer.

Rabbits make a great first impression thanks to their tenderness and sensitivity, according to Travelchinaguide.com. The problem is that this can lead to them being hesitant, conservative, and timid. Sometimes they might seem like a pessimist or a wet blanket.


Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) Cutting

Stephanie Keith/Getty ImagesYou don’t stand for nonsense.

At their best, Dragons are excited, energetic, and drama-free. But at their worst, this sign tends to breathe fire in the form of arrogance and impatience. Beware if you ever get on their bad side, they will go for the jugular and let you know just how you’re ticking them off without batting an eyelash.


Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) Vengeful

VCG/Getty ImagesYou will get your revenge.

Snakes remember everything, according to Buildingbeautifulsouls.com. Though this can be a good thing, it also means that they will hold onto grudges and seek revenge. Once a Snake decides to attack, watch out.


Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) Gossipy

Dondi Tawatao/Getty ImagesYou can’t keep a secret.

Horses are instant friends due to their warm-hearted, easy going nature. This comfortability can lead to uncomfortable directness or blunt honesty. They’re not exactly the secret-keepers of the zodiac, so if you’re dealing with a horse, it might be best to avoid any touchy or sensitive subjects.


Goat (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) Moody

Lintao Zhang/Getty ImagesYou can be a little vain.

According to Travelchinaguide.com, Goats maintain a quiet, peaceful lifestyle, admiring things like art or music and avoiding spending money, preferring to remain economical. They’re also very moody and vain, taking things for how they look as opposed to the quality of what they are.


Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) Insouciant

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesYour jokes sometimes go too far.

Those born in the year of the monkey are hilarious, observant, and curious, according to Chinesezodiac.com. Their pranks are well-intentioned, but sometimes their pursuit of a laugh can cross the line. They just don’t know when to stop with the jokes.


Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) Cocky

Kevin Frayer/Getty ImagesYou might be a bit too critical.

According to Buildingbeautifulsouls.com, Roosters value success and acclaim, which often leads to them achieving wealth and power. This can translate into very critical, egomaniacal, and cocky behaviour. Their confidence sometimes just crosses the line.


Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) Avoidance

Wang He/Getty ImagesYou might be a bit temperamental.

Just like their namesakes, people born under this sign are loyal, congenial, and kind, according to Chinesezodiac.com. The problem is that they can be temperamental, running off moodily in order to avoid communicating in the midst of a disagreement. Resolution can be tough to forge.


Pig (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) Naive

China Photos/Getty ImagesYou could be a bit gullible sometimes.

Pigs are nice and well-mannered, making sure to say please and thank you. They’re also very forgiving, almost to a fault, so they can be gullible doormats, naively believing anything or anyone. They just want to see the best in people, even those who don’t necessarily deserve it.


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