Open and generous, Gary Cooper enjoys a wide circle of friends and acquaintances and he thrives on sociability and fellowship. He is adventurous, playful, freedom loving, and always ready for a good time. Cooper rarely allows obstacles or difficulties to keep him down, for no matter how bleak the past or present, Gary always expects a better, brighter future. In fact, he is uncomfortable with his own or other people's problems and emotional pain. Gary Cooper often tries to "cheer up" or offer philosophical advice to those who are hurting, but he unwittingly avoids or ignores the emotions involved.
Friendship means a great deal to Cooper, perhaps even more than love relationships or romance. For Gary Cooper to be happy, his mate must be his best friend and encourage Gary's aspirations and ideals. Gary Cooper also needs a great deal of emotional freedom and mobility.
Though he wants close relationships very much, Gary Cooper often closes himself off and does not really trust others who may wish to get to know him. Cooper is very wholehearted in his feelings and responses to people, and he wants all or nothing from the people he cares for.
He is assertive and confronts difficulties in a direct, no-nonsense sort of way. Gary Cooper cannot tolerate self-pity or passivity, and he can be rather brusque with others' emotional problems. "Stop crying and do something about it" might be Cooper's motto.
Although Gary Cooper was portrayed above as being assertive and combative, he also has a diametrically opposed tendency - namely the urge to escape all contention and ugliness. This may mellow Gary's fiery reactions somewhat, or he may seesaw between the two. His softer side is described in the following paragraphs.
Emotionally he is very sensitive, dreamy, gentle and easily influenced. If he is with harmonious people and in congenial surroundings, Gary Cooper flourishes, but negative people or dissonant energies very quickly bring him down. His emotional boundaries tend to be very loose and permeable. Gary Cooper feels what others feel, and physically he is very open and impressionable. Standing up for himself, saying no when he wants to, as well as recognizing and respecting others' limitations and boundaries are important lessons for Gary Cooper to learn. Gary Cooper should beware of a tendency for martyrdom out of pity for others' problems.
Cooper relates to others on an emotional level, because he feels his emotions so strongly yourself. He is sensitive to others' needs and has the ability to create a cozy atmosphere when he is together with another person.
In love relationships, Gary Cooper is steadfast and loyal, especially if he has a warm, demonstrative partner. He is very sensual in nature and craves plenty of touching and physical affection. Gary enjoys being pampered with a good meal, a loving massage or other sensual delights. He is a wonderful lover who is very attentive to the comfort and enjoyment of his loved one. Gary Cooper responds intensely to beauty and physical appearance, and the physical attractiveness of his partner is very important to him.
Gary Cooper often hides his affection, or finds his feelings difficult to express or get across to the person he loves. Being openly affectionate and trusting often does not seem safe to Gary. He may feel his love will not be appreciated or reciprocated. Gary Cooper may get involved in secret love relationships or fall in love with a person who is quite unavailable to him. Love and sacrifice often seem to go hand in hand for Gary Cooper - having to give something up to be with the one he loves, or having to relinquish some person or some aspect of an important love relationship.