There are 12 zodiac signs, and each sign has its own strengths and weaknesses, its own specific traits, desires and attitude towards life and people. Does it really work? Read the article to learn.
You have 12 signs of the zodiac, each with a distinct personality archetype that goes with them, though character descriptions can be vaguer or more precise, depending on the writer.
There are hundreds of millions of people in the world. Assuming that every astrology sign covers an equal number of individuals; that's about millions people per sign.
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Do zodiac signs work?
Let's assume, also that 1,000 different types of personality combinations are noticeably distinct from each other. For example, someone who is extroverted, enjoys music, doesn't like the outdoors, etc., etc., etc. This would result in millions of people who all share the same zodiac sign and the same personality combination.
Because of how zodiac signs were designed, they are guaranteed to match at least one character combination, though are probably designed to cover as many combinations as possible. You are one of those millions of people.
Zodiak signs work.
Now, you may be thinking, "But what are the chances of my personality combination turning out to be the exact right one for my zodiac sign?" That is the wrong way to think of the situation. Keep in mind that for this argument there are, guaranteed, millions of people in each zodiac sign that match the personality description. The most likely result isn't that the sign has some special significance to that it matches you so well. What's more likely is that your personality combination came about independently, and when you came across the zodiac signs, you decided that zodiacs must be special and meaningful because it describes you well!
There are, however, other factors that also make zodiac signs seem more efficient than they are. There are many people who, after they discover a zodiac sign matching them so well, start to obsess over that sign. And, whether they're doing it intentionally or not, they begin to adjust their behavior to match that sign. Simple because "I'm a Scorpio, and Scorpios act like X."
Another factor is that zodiacs may not be quite as spot-on as you think. The next time you're looking at a personality description, keep track of how many different points it's making. There are likely some points in there that don't quite match you, or don't match you at all, but you ignore those or "round them up" to true because the rest of the description matches you so well. So, in the end, even though the description is only 70% accurate at best, or sometimes even 50% correct, you mentally label the test as a "success," because you want to believe that this piece of paper is special and meaningful to you.
To round up.
Many people do the same thing in the last paragraph. Some do it to a greater extent than others. Some even ignore personality descriptions that are completely wrong and only focus on the ones that are accurate.
That is "confirmation bias." It's the same mindset that convinces gamblers that they were "destined" to win that last big hand, even though it's a statistical certainty that people will win gambling games many, many times every day. They ignore the times when their hunches are proven wrong, and only focus on when they're proven right.
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