Capricorn Traits, Dating, Friendships, And More Explained

If you were born between December 22 and January 19, you are a Capricorn! According to YourTango, this earth sign is represented by a sea goat or goat and is known for being incredibly grounded. As with all astrological signs, Capricorns possess a variety of traits, so what are Capricorns really like?

Capricorns are generally hardworking individuals (via YourTango). This sign is known are known for often putting their work above everything else and not being afraid to exercise a little elbow grease. They feel their best when they're being productive. Boarding on obsession, a Capricorn will often show others that their determination has no bounds (via Astromix). Often, they choose work that they feel is meaningful and useful to other people and the world; they aren't inclined to invest all that dedication to a vocation unworthy of it. 

According to Astromix, Capricorns are also highly loyal people. They are some of the most devoted friends you could ever have and are always willing to help the ones they care about. Their resourcefulness and intelligence helps them tackle any problems thrown their way. They know when to take a situation seriously and are very rational and logical in their thinking.

But don't think logical means unemotional. One of the best qualities a Capricorn has is their sensitive side. Capricorns are a breed that are really in touch with their emotions (via YourTango). They feel deeply and won't stand for bullying. They stick up for themselves and the people around them.

Capricorn ambition and sensitivity can be a double edged sword

Ironically, one of Capricorn's best qualities is also one of their worst; their sensitivity tends to bring out occasional moodiness in Capricorns. One minute you could be cracking sarcastic jokes with one another, and the next your Cap is taking that comment way too seriously (via Revive Zone).

Another challenging quality of Capricorns is how demanding they can be. Because they themselves are so dedicated to productivity and showing up where and when people count on them, when they ask for something to be done, they mean right now. Don't procrastinate if you want to stay off of a Capricorn's bad side!

Interestingly, though Capricorns are caring and sensitive, it can be difficult for a Capricorn to express their feelings (via Well+Good). Because they care so much and are so loyal, they don't let people in right away; their walls are often up and it can be difficult to penetrate. While their serious side can help with logical problems, it can also put the breaks on having some fun. Capricorns have a tough time just letting go and enjoying life.

And let's not forget about one of Capricorn's most notorious bad traits: stubbornness. Their ambition, while good, can often cloud their judgment and give them tunnel vision. This stubbornness can make it almost impossible to change their mind about something (via Astromix). If you get into an argument with a Cap, chances are, they're not letting up for anything.

What is it like dating a Capricorn?

Because Capricorns are so caring, so loyal, and so hardworking, they are very careful about who they truly invest in (via Bustle). Naturally reserved people where it comes to sharing deeply personal or intimate details of their lives with others, Capricorns take a long time to open up to other people. They don't do casual relationships for the most part, as their loyalty, work ethic, and caring natures encourage them to choose people they can truly commit to and built with. They are not afraid to work to make a relationship better, and they expect the same of a partner. 

Once a Capricorn has chosen you are their mate, they will dedicate their time, their effort, their warm and unfaltering love, and their loyalty to you. In them you will have a steadfast and reliable partner who continually shows up for you and your needs, both practical and emotional. In order to keep your Capricorn happy, it is essential you are ready to provide equal effort, thoughtfulness, and loyalty. If they feel you are wasting their time, they will not be afraid to make their dissatisfaction known.  

What is it like to be friends with a Capricorn

Just as Capricorns make lifelong, loving, loyal partners, they show up the same way for their friends (via Horoscope). It takes a while for a Capricorn to truly open up to someone, but once they find a kindred spirit and claim you as a friend, you are unlikely to ever find a better friend. When you're sick, they will show up with homemade soup, tissues, and a card. When you need to talk, they will listen with a caring ear and give balanced, thoughtful advice. When you have something to celebrate, they will be there with bells on, cheering you on. 

Just as they do in their romantic relationships, however, Capricorns rightly expect equal loyalty and love from their friends. The surest way to get onto a Capricorn's bad side is to lie to them or take advantage of their kindness and generosity. They are intelligent people and don't expect everyone to express love the same way they do; but they do expect effort and loyalty to be matched, even if it is expressed differently than how they express it.   

What careers are best suited to Capricorns?

Capricorns are highly driven people with a strong work ethic (via Metropolitan Girls). They are organized and highly motivated to achieve their professional goals and grow their careers in meaningful ways. They are unafraid to dedicate the time, focus, and effort to a job the believe in and care about. Capricorns make highly-reliable employees and can always relied upon to make deadlines and show up prepared. They do need to feel they have a good deal of autonomy to do their jobs the best way they see fit and don't like to be micromanaged. 

They also like to do jobs that feel purposeful. Capricorns make great teachers and professors, and they may move into administrative roles naturally and very successfully, as their organizational skills, work ethic, and levelheadedness make them ideal planners, managers, and big-picture idea people. They also make great financial advisors, business executives, lawyers, computer programmers, scientists, and creative directors. 

Who are some famous Capricorns?

Famous Capricorns who exemplify their famous work ethic include TV host Ryan Seacrest, legendary actor Denzel Washington, and talented singer John Legend (via Insider). More famous faces you've seen on the small and silver screens that were born under this grounded earth sign include "Mad Men"'s Betty Draper herself, January Jones and heartthrob Bradley Cooper.   

Nicholas Cage and Liam Hemsworth are also both Capricorns, as is The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama is also a Capricorn, as are model Kate Moss and everyone's favorite Golden Girl: the magical, mythical Betty White. Ellen Degeneres is also a Capricorn, as is Kit Harrington of "Game of Thrones" (via Cosmopolitan).

Other famous Caps include Jared Leto, Timothée Chalamet, Tyrese Gibson, LeBron James, Diane Keaton, Nina Dobrev, and Mary J. Blige. So many of these celebs are prolific creators in their respective fields, which makes sense considering how Capricorns behave when they have a career they love and believe in.