Have you ever wondered what it is exactly that makes Cancer tick?
Those of us that are born under the Cancer sign can sometimes be stereotyped as nothing more than moody and over emotional creatures but the truth of the matter is Cancers are much more complex than that and they possess many unique traits and characteristics that aren’t always apparent the moment that you meet them.
So to give you a better idea of what it really means to be a Cancer lets investigate this sign further by looking at 21 common traits and characteristics of the Cancer personality.
1. Cancer is incredibly intuitive and astonishingly good at reading people.
Cancers have a one-of-a-kind sense of intuition that allows them to observe and pick up on things that fly right over the heads of others. They are naturally gifted at reading people and they can almost always tell when someone is acting unusual or ‘off’ in some way. They should learn to trust their instincts because more often then not… they’re dead on.
2. Cancer is an intense and passionate lover.
Cancer isn’t the type to ‘half ass’ things when it comes to love and in a relationship they make for an incredibly intense and passionate partner. Being loved by a Cancer is unlike quite anything else and it has the power to make a person feel alive.
3. But Cancer doesn’t cope well with heartbreak.
Cancer’s heart can be sensitive and when it’s broken or toyed with they can take it pretty rough. They often have a hard time moving on from a relationship once it is over and can take a long time before they are able to fully get back on their feet.
4. Cancer can be extraordinarily generous at times.
Cancer is one of the most giving personalities that you’ll ever come across and it’s not uncommon for them to the bestow their friends and family with massive acts of generosity out of nowhere. They don’t do it because they feel they have too… they just genuinely like to put a smile on their loved ones faces.
5. Cancer is mysterious and hard to read.
The Cancer has a mysterious characteristic to their personality that can make them seem like a bit of an enigma at times.
They’re not the type to give away all of their secrets right away and they don’t tend to broadcast their every thought and emotion like some of the other signs might do. This can make them extremely hard to read for those that don’t know them very well however it’s this same mysterious trait that also intrigues others and draws them into the Cancer’s world.
6. Cancer LOVES affection.
The Cancer can’t say no to a bit of affection especially when it’s coming from the right person. They love to feel needed and wanted and they have a very tender and sensual side that thrives on affection from their loved ones!
7. Cancer is calm and chill… until they are provoked.
Cancers are generally pretty easy going in their approach to life but don’t mistake that for thinking that they will just allow people to walk all over them. When provoked their claws will come out and they’ll be sure to put you in your place in the way that only a Cancer can.
8. Cancer can experience crazy mood swings.
Sometimes Cancers mood can seem to change like the winds. When they are up they can feel amazing but when they’re feeling down their lows can also be just as intense. They often try their best to keep things under control but sometimes their emotions can overwhelm them.
There are very few things that Cancer values more than their friendships and they will do just about anything to help out a close friend. They are great listeners and when someone that they care about hits a rough patch they are often willing to drop everything to lend their support.
10. Cancer can get sentimental and find themselves yearning for the past.
Cancer can sometimes find themselves reminiscing over the past and getting so caught up in their memories that they forget to live in the present. Sometimes they just find it hard to ‘move on’ from things once they are over.
11. Cancer craves deeper and more meaningful relationships.
Cancers often find themselves less interested in fleeting romances but instead craving the intimacy and closeness that only comes form a longer term commitment. They can take their time to find the right person but once they do they tend to form an extremely deep bond with that person and give the relationship everything they’ve got.
12. Cancer loves to build a comfortable home that they can call their own.
Cancers tend to be homebody types that feel most at ease when they are in the comfort of their own home. For this reason they often put a lot of time and effort into creating a comfortable and cozy home environment that they can call their own and grow old in.
13. When Cancer is unhappy they can become distant and uncommunicative.
When Cancer is upset over something they can sometimes put up a wall and distance themselves from others. Those closest to them shouldn’t take it personally if they don’t feeling like talking… sometimes they just need some time and space alone to work through things on their own.
14. Cancer doesn’t get along with obnoxious and pushy personalities.
The Cancer can get a long with a wide variety of people but if you’re obnoxious, demanding and thinking that you can boss Cancer around then you better believe that you have another thing coming. Cancer is repelled by those that that have no thought for others and they will be quick to distance them self from anyone that only cares about themselves.
15. Cancer can be shy and takes time to open up.
Cancer can be quite shy and reserved at times particularly when they don’t know a person all that well.
Once their trust and friendship has been earned they can actually become quite wild but they shouldn’t be rushed into opening up… just give ’em time.
16. Cancer is open-minded and endlessly imaginative.
Cancer is a dreamer who tends to be limited by no boundaries when it comes to their imagination. They’re also extremely open to new ideas and they prefer to think deeply about things rather than simply taking everything at face value.
17. Cancer can hold onto a grudge for a loooooong time.
Cancer tries to treat people as they would like to be treated but when somebody seriously violates their trust or wrongs them in some way that they simply can’t forgive… well they can hold a grudge for a long ass time. It’s best to just avoid getting on their bad side because they have long memories and they aren’t quick to forgive betrayal.
18. Cancer is strong and resilient.
Cancers might have a reputation for being a bit on the sensitive side but you shouldn’t mistake that for thinking that they are weak. In fact they are incredibly resilient and they’re more than capable of rolling with the punches no matter what life throws their way.
19. Cancer instinctively protects their loved ones.
Cancer puts their family and loved ones first and they have a strong natural instinct to nurture and protect those that they care about. You would be foolish to pick a fight with one of Cancer’s tribe… they don’t take that kind of thing lightly.
20. Cancers are complicated and they have many sides to them.
The Cancer personality is made up of many layers and those born under this zodiac sign are hard to put into any ‘one’ box. Just when someone thinks they’ve got them all figured out the Cancer will go and do something totally unexpected that they never see coming.
21. Cancer has a compassionate and empathetic heart.
The traits and characteristics of compassion and empathy run deep within the Cancer and they can be some of the most thoughtful and caring people that you will ever meet.
They are able to relate to people in a meaningful way thanks to their ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes and really understand where they are coming from.