The Rat is outlined in Chinese astrology as a clever and witty character that can sometimes be a bit bossy and critical in nature. Capricorns from Western astrology are conventionally practical, reasonable and open-minded. The combined Capricorn Rat personality is usually brimming with sound judgment and common sense. It is also full of intelligence and a touch of wit, but only usually possesses a little of the pushiness and fault-finding characteristics of the Rat. This creates Capricorn Rat personalities that are usually profoundly equitable, intellectual and humorous, that are rarely judgmental or pushy.
A Capricorn Rat personality usually sees the world from a fairly balanced viewpoint and seems to find life not too difficult. Their high levels of optimism, reasonableness and positivity about everything and everyone around them allows them to get through each day without any problems. These personalities are fair and unprejudiced, and often make good peacemakers among others in the workplace and home. Capricorn Rats tend to think before they speak, and will tend to use carefully-chosen words that are explanatory and tactful. This particular communicative ability assists these people in forming strong trusting friendships. In personal relationships, their caution with wording may make them come across as a little unemotional.
Although a Capricorn Rat is quite self-sufficient, they do enjoy the company of friends and do not particularly like being alone. They do prefer to lead in relationships, but this is not in any forceful or manipulative manner; it will be in a playful, humorous way. The Capricorn Rat is not overly demonstrative or romantic, but they are rather passionate and fairly considerate. These individuals are easy to please, as they do not feel the need to wish for more than basic necessary possessions. As gifts, these Capricorn's favor and appreciate functional things over fancy items that have no particular purpose.
Work options for the Capricorn Rat will for the most part include occupations that he or she considers both ethical and purposeful. They do not like wasting their time on meaningless tasks or helping ungrateful people. Having a bit of a sense of humor helps a Capricorn Rat to keep his cool and optimistic approach in awkward situations. When these people are feeling tense or nervous, they sometimes may try to hide these emotions with their wit. They may appear largely confident on the outside, but underneath they are a bit self-conscious, and many of them do have the occasional down days.
Aside from infrequent bouts of the blues, the Capricorn Rat does have another weakness in their personality. This is the habit of not always saying exactly what they are meaning. The Capricorn Rat's tact gets in the way of them being able to be totally frank sometimes. This is not done intentionally; they just find it extremely difficult to be blunt when bluntness is needed. They will skirt around issues, answers or decisions using their verbal dexterity, and this can be annoying. These personalities give the impression of expecting others to be mind readers, especially in close relationships.