These Are The 6 Zodiac Signs Most Likely To Emotionally Cheat on Their Partners

When we're talking about personality traits and habits that are associated with the zodiac, each sign comes with its fair share of positives and negatives. For example, astrologers say there are zodiac signs that are most likely to cheat emotionally, and may struggle in relationships as a result. And yet, that's what it is to be human. We're all capable of mistakes — but that doesn't mean anything's written permanently in the stars.

If you and your partner want to have a healthy, long-term relationship — free from any type of cheating — it's totally possible to do so, regardless of your zodiac signs. "We all have desires and needs, so it's a matter of really opening up and getting to know each other," astrologer Valerie Mesa tells Bustle.

Usually, emotional cheating happens when someone feels like their needs aren't being met in their relationship, so they turn to somebody else in order to feel heard, validated, important, etc. This need to feel recognized is an impulse we might all share — regardless of our zodiac sign. But it doesn't mean that's the only way to handle difficulties in relationships. When looking to understand ourselves or our partner a bit better, zodiac signs can offer some insights into possible struggles you may come across in your relationship. It's important to remember though, that just because a zodiac sign is predisposed to certain qualities, it does not mean everyone will identify with their signs 100 percent. For that reason, take note of which signs are most likely to cheat emotionally, but do not fear too much for your relationship — if these signs do ring true for you, use the zodiac to recognize them early, and continue to have a healthy relationship. Here are six zodiac signs Mesa says might be more prone to emotional cheating, as well as what they can do about it if they want to make a long-term relationship work.

1Aries (March 21 - April 19)

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Aries has just as much control over themselves as anybody else. But they do have a few traits associated with their sign that can affect their relationships, and make them more likely to stray. "Aries is highly passionate, sexual, and impulsive with their desires," Mesa says. "This fire sign is also a major thrill-seeker at heart, and they love a good conquest." So if they're in the mood for some attention, they might find themselves signing up for a dating app, or hanging out with a coworker (without telling their partner).

If an Aries wants to create a healthy, long-term relationship though, they certainly can. They will just need to spot this tendency in themselves, and reign it in before it gets out of hand. Keeping their relationship fun — by going on dates, learning more about their partner, scheduling vacations, etc. — can be a big help as well.

2Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

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Cancer also has a tendency to stray emotionally, but it's because of their sensitive nature. "Hypersensitive and nostalgic, Cancer is constantly seeking emotional validation," Mesa says. "This water sign craves security and comfort; they're also incredibly sentimental." So if an ex comes back into the picture and wants to rekindle old memories, they might have a hard time maintaining healthy boundaries and staying faithful to their partner.

To prevent an emotional affair, Cancer should make a habit of falling back on their partner for support — instead of seeking comfort elsewhere. By turning to their partner when they're feeling down, as well as friends and family, getting attention from an ex will seem a little less appealing.

3Leo (July 23 - August 22)

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Leo loves attention, so it makes sense why they might turn to others for love and admiration. "Leo wants to be worshiped," Mesa says. "There's no such thing as showing a Leo too much love." And that's why they might not think twice before seeking it outside their relationship.

But, as with the other signs, that doesn't mean they're powerless over their emotions. Leo might think about talking to their partner about ways to keep their relationship fresh, as well as ways to show each other the love. For example, if they show their partner love and affection, and get plenty of it in return, they should feel like they're getting the attention they need.

4Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

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Scorpio is known for their sexy and mysterious, but totally guarded, nature. "Scorpios keep to themselves and strategically choose who to share their space and soul with; which is why they look for loyal partners who are completely transparent and affectionate," Mesa says.

But if they feel like they aren't getting what they need, an emotional affair (and maybe even a physical one) can seem tempting. Of course, this often has nothing to do with what their partner is or isn't doing, but instead Scorpio's perception. "Scorpio needs constant reassurance and loyalty," Mesa says.

So one way to prevent an emotional affair, is for Scorpio to work on building up their bond with their partner. By making sure both Scorpio and their partner are getting what they need from the relationship, there will be a sense of security even Scorpio won't be able to deny.

5Sagittarius

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Sagittarius is all about adventure in life, and that's awesome. "Sagittarius wants to live life to the fullest and not even love will get in their way," Mesa says. "In their eyes, tomorrow is never promised." So if something exciting comes along in the form of attention from another person, they might have a hard time passing it up.

But that's why Sagittarius needs to find someone who's compatible. "Their ideal partner is just as free and outgoing; if not more," Mesa says. If they want to be in a long-term relationship, finding a person who also wants to seize the day will make for a happy relationship, where they won't want to stray.

6Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

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Pisces is a very emotional sign, so it makes sense why emotional affairs might be par for the course. They want to talk to and love everybody. And that's a beautiful thing. But when it comes to making a long-term relationship work, Pisces can struggle — unless they know what to do.

Pisces should celebrate their dreamy ways, but direct all that energy at their partner, instead of everyone else who walks by. By opening up to their partners, and finding someone who can be open emotionally, Pisces can live happily in a relationship. No problem.

And so can all the other signs above. Because when it comes down to it, nothing is set in stone. Even if your sign is one who may be prone to emotional cheating, there are always ways to flip the script and act the way you want to act in a relationship — regardless of your sign's personality traits — simply by being more aware.