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Personality Traits of a Scorpio

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 10 Mar 2017 | comments*Discuss
Scorpio Scorpios Intense Driven Sexual

Scorpio (October 24th-November 22nd) is the eighth sign of the zodiac and represented by the scorpion. Scorpios are truly the contradicting sign. They can be the best and worst of both worlds – independent and clingy, loving and cold, authoritative and weak. Above all else, they are intense about almost everything.

Scorpios are often mysterious people because their true feelings run so deep and they keep their emotions hidden. They also like to uncover things under the surface of others and are very intuitive. Combined with a determination and loyalty, Scorpios often make great spiritual leaders, scientist, and doctors. They are very adaptable, often changing careers and going down new paths.

They can be strong willed and determined, almost to the point of being stubborn. This makes them great competitors, even if they are able to hide this desire to win from you. This also makes Scorpios very dominant, controlling and passionate. When they do not have a positive outlet for self-expression, they often turn inwards and become destructive.

When wronged, they do not easily forgive. It is almost as if the Scorpio sign invented the word "revenge". However, they just as easily never forget an act of kindness and are always ready to repay it. Scorpios are very loyal friends, but can be possessive. Scorpios are also conservative when it comes to money but when they do spend it; they know the right investments to make.

Brilliant Minds

Scorpios have a native understanding of humans and often show psychic tendencies. They are often interested in the mind and its potential powers. Scorpio is the sign of many of life's mysteries: birth, sex, death, and regeneration. They are willing to explore things others are afraid to look into, such as different religions and the occult.


Scorpios are often a force to be reckoned with. They are passionate, committed and in the same turn, if you are an enemy, they can be just as intensely ruthless. Scorpios are so intense, there are few challenges they are not willing to meet. They will use any information at hand to beat competitors and do not hesitate to move in for the kill.


Because of their intensity, Scorpios can be jealous, possessive, and controlling. When mistreated, they will make it their objective to get revenge, even if it takes years. They like to keep their true emotions hidden from others, which causes people to perceive them as cold and uncaring.

Parts of the Body Ruled by Scorpio

The genitals – because the genitals rule them, Scorpios are susceptible to venereal disease and urinary infections. They may also suffer from fatigue and bad health due to their explosive emotions.

Famous Scorpios

  • Henry Winkler
  • Will Rogers
  • Roy Rogers
  • Richard Burton
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Demi Moore
  • Rodney Dangerfield
  • Paul Simon
  • Art Garfunkel
  • John P. Sousa
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Jonas Salk
  • Marie Curie
  • Carl Sagan
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Voltaire
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Truman Capote
  • Claude Monet
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Prince Charles
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Bill Gates
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Michael Dukakis
  • Rev. Billy Graham
  • Indira Gandhi
  • Robert Kennedy
  • Gen. George Patton
  • Martin Luther
  • James Garfield
Scorpios can be your best friend or worst enemy. They are loving and passionate, even if they seem cold on the surface. They are often driven by their intensity and are determined to do whatever they set their mind to.

Love Life

Read our article Scorpio In Love to discover which star signs are a best love match for the Scorpio.

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undeniably true... im so much possessive with regards to my husband and very protective with my daughters. i can be nice and loyal but once i feel betrayed and mistreated, better run and hide because i can be their worst nightmare.
mrs.JQ - 10-Mar-17 @ 11:15 PM
I'm a scorpio and I enjoy being a scorpio. It's true that people think I'm cold and distant. I guess being a scorpio, it's kinda in my nature of hide my feelings, it's never been unfamiliar territory tof me in my entire life. And it' unfair too. Nobody asks. Nobody makes sure. Theyou always believe whatever font I put on. It'seems sad. And in the end us scorpios are the cold ones who don't care.
Angel - 2-Mar-17 @ 3:00 PM
I'm a scorpio to and I never knew that we are mysterious people it pretty much nailed it for me to except for the disease thing other than that it's me all the way
crissy - 2-Mar-17 @ 5:00 AM
Can anyone help I am a pisces and head over heals in love with Mr Scorpio(although i never told him how i felt)We used to chat all the time on social media and were good friends.He was having problems and one day he just blew me out and i dont know why Now he just ignores me.I am hurting and reallymiss him Help anyone ?
Kate - 23-Feb-17 @ 5:30 PM
this is me down to the ground - oh except the disease bit - but I get the sexual intensity bit!! i love this sign except being highly strung and looking into everything!! but the passion!! second to none :-) :-) smashed it
lisa :-) - 23-Feb-17 @ 1:49 PM
I am a Scorpio, and it nails it all the way around.
Nell - 12-Feb-17 @ 12:30 AM
A lot of this is true. I do hide a lot from people and people think I'm cold hearted and rude.
Butterfly - 12-Jan-17 @ 9:09 PM
Well..... Half of what is written here is true,... I hide my feelings a lot.... Although am not possessive????
Annie? - 14-Dec-16 @ 2:38 PM
I'm Very much the scorpion there's, Very loving, emotional,very helpful be a perfectionist,passionate,caring, I get cursed out for being strong willed about what I'm into I hold strongly to my point but I'm not trying to be difficult, I make friends fairly easy, & all that... I'll just say I'm all Scorpio.
Gary - 26-Nov-16 @ 8:00 PM
All I can say is that I'm glad I'm a Scorpio- good with the not so good- even bad.Intense? Stubborn? Revengeful?Perhaps.We're human!
None - 6-Oct-16 @ 4:01 AM
I relate to the common traits a Scorpio exhibits but to a varying degree altogether that I haven't seen or heard anyone talk about . I am very intense in everything I do and most always will come out on top, I don't know why but we Scorpios are magical in some sort of weird way, I just know and feel things that give me the power and ability to do this. As far as revenge goes , don't even try to get one over on me, even if you somehow do , the ensuing onslaught will be your demise for I will do everything in my power, which is great , to make my objective a reality . I will not stop, ever, until I am completely satisfied with a given result. There is so much more I want to say but I can't, I do t know why, I am an addict and I am self destructing , functional addict that far surpasses 3/4 of the sober work force in ability and I am barely using my gifts . Please help me fellow scorpios
Scorpio - 27-Sep-16 @ 4:33 AM
I have to say a lot of the things i read about SCORPIOS "is on point". I was born on 11/11/77. Submissive...not me. Dominante...totally. Secretive... Hummm... yup there's some skeleton's in there. I love life tho',humble these days. The one thing i liked most,got me cracken up. There's not really much that you can tell a scorpio that they dont already know. Thats funny,cause im not one to ask questions. "BUT"if & when i do,please be honest & tell the truth. (WHY) cause i already did my home work.Lol
Sweetz - 29-Jun-16 @ 11:29 PM
im tryimg to figure out my role in porpuse in life wich is why i started reading about my zodiac sighn scorpio. but i am getting nowhere everthimg i am reading about scorpios is exactly me. i want to be president of the US but i find it extreamly hard for me to pursu that dream. now i dont even know if thats what i really want to do any more. all i want to do is be some one inportant that makes a diffrence and helps the people who need it the most. im afraid that i will never find my true calling in life.what is the point of the life exactly. if i cant even figure out my own fealings, how am i supposted to make a diffrence. i am just so confused in life.
confused in life - 8-Jun-16 @ 2:44 AM
I've read so many things about Scorpios, jealousy bugs me. I'm not jealous, when younger maybe at times envious as I grow older I'm not even envious. I have 4 brothers 1 sister, I'm the youngest the one everyone comes to for help, rely on, they can always count on me I'm always there, will always help, help too much, @ times it's too much. when I'm in a long depression going over a month & they need me I try to help, I fall apart because I can't help, that's when I understand I need to be careful take a break. They will keep things from me that have happened when I'm depressed, but I'll sense it and they always think someone must have told me. I'll know I'm the phones going to ring before it does. Someone will call tell my husband about something bad so he can tell me. I'll know what it's about how bad before he tells me, but I'll seldom know who the caller is until he tells me.
Misty - 28-May-16 @ 11:42 PM
To all us Scorpios out there, try to remember that how you feel is all just temporary, and from my life experience we Scorpios are truly magic people if only we knew how much we materialize out into the world that is our heaven & hell.Nothing in our world is that tragic.We have the powers to make anything in life profoundly beautiful & amazing.Methamorphis is key.Transformation is essential in Scorpio's evolution for acquiring inner peace.Lol.Hurry up and get over yourselves!No one needs to be that attached to our egos, especially us Scorpios who feel so deeply, the depths of darkness don't have to be a permanent thing, and once you get a hold of your wildier energies you'll see how easy life really is.Yes, that's how powerful I am and how powerful all of us are truly.Lol.Haha. Silly Scorpios!
n)'(nas - 29-Apr-16 @ 8:44 PM
I'm a Scorpian Fire Dragon woman, and I am most of all the things I've read about Scorpio and the year of The Dragon.From early childhood to a mature adulthood I've never exhibit or had the personality trait of "jealously."I can't figure this out.Jealously seem to be a prime bad personality trait in Scorpios and those born the year of the Dragon.
n)'(nas - 29-Apr-16 @ 7:07 PM
I'm a libra but know and work with several Scorpiosand they all seem to be moody. This is why I came to see if moodiness and unstableness could be a trait for Scorpios.
Nena - 5-Feb-16 @ 7:06 PM
All of this is very accurate. I always make people pay for hurting or upsetting me, I can get depressed but I push my feelings aside and don't let it get in the way of my current objective, I have never told anyone my feelings and people find it difficult about how I feel about them and so on... here's a life tip: never mess with us Scorpios, cause you'll regret it so much...
A Random Scorpio - 29-Dec-15 @ 7:21 PM
Omg I'm a Scorpio ? and I'm seeking revenge right now on someone long story and I am controlling and secretive ??
Nice girl - 15-Sep-15 @ 11:15 PM
Its a puzzle. Im joseph caravella sting sting!!! Im a well breed male born november 16th of 1985. My moon is cappricorn my assendant as well i also speak witha tounge of fire sagiterious!!! My god im a recovering alcoholic there seems to be a theme i am how shall i say this... hmmmm.... very intuned very retainable and folks sense my spirit force i sense theres. I can pick up on alot it gets overwhelming!!!
nightrain - 6-Sep-15 @ 5:35 AM
trying to eliminate all the negative traits of a scorpio woman from my system.everything said here is true.
vina - 3-Aug-15 @ 7:41 AM
omg totally opposite even though I am a scorpio
Fire - 26-Jul-15 @ 4:14 AM
Im all of this but i dont really get jealous but if you mess with me ill hurt you ten times worse and i hide my emotions all the time and im easiley depressed and i am quite but dont mess with me or someone i care about or you wont be seeing the next day
Kaykayhere11 - 19-Jul-15 @ 1:04 AM
All those non-Scorpios reading this,do not mess with a Scorpio it may turn out bad. This coming form a scorpio.
Stinger - 17-Jun-15 @ 11:55 PM
Ya know its funny, I'm a Sagittarius yet I feel the need to hide all emotions. Also I'm really passionate on everything, a long with my love for revenge on someone if they've done something bad enough, at time I can even be kinda wicked.
Sammie - 21-Dec-14 @ 8:17 PM
Yep, it's all correct and factual as far as I am concerned.I have a vast number of friends who will ask me not to stare as they can feel me walking through their thoughts.Sometimes I even tell them about things that have happened to them since we last met.Often I can tell them about something that's going to happen. We are a very dangerous breed, but providing we are aware of that we also know we don't need to cause unnecessary harm. Just because we are armed, we don't have to be dangerous, but it keeps the predators away.
Scorpius - 25-Oct-13 @ 4:22 PM
I read somewhere that Katherine Hepburn is actually a Taurus who 'adopted' her brother's birthday after he committed suicide.Damn, I was proud of her being a Scorpio...
Lee R - 27-Aug-13 @ 7:39 PM
I also feel like this is totally describing me, I greatly believe in loyalty - a great patriot - and I get very jealous, like when maybe I see my friends hang out with other people - possessive - and ja, basically everything said up there is me. Never knew Bill Gates was a Scorpion too.
ZedZed - 20-May-13 @ 5:39 PM
That's totally me!... Love the article...
Michi - 10-May-13 @ 6:38 PM
omfg this describes me im often a bit harsh towards people i dont like but to my friends im realy kind and loyal
lildevil - 7-Sep-12 @ 7:43 PM
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