The Personality Of Cancer (An Introduction)

This article will take a look at the personality traits of Cancer and also provide an introduction to the audience to this zodiac sign. Throughout the article, we will give small tips on how to deal with Cancers in different situations!

What Are The Personality Traits Of Cancers?

The personality traits of Cancers are listed below:

  • Intuitive
  • Caring
  • Loyal
  • Sensitive
  • Protective
  • Repress Emotions
  • Hard to Open Up
  • Anger Outbursts

Before we examine each trait in depth, we will introduce the zodiac sign of Cancer first!

What Is A Cancer?

Cancer is the fourth astrological sign in the zodiac represented by the symbol of the ‘Crab’. It is assigned to those people who are born from June 20 to July 22. People born with this star are often considered as caring, sensitive and protective but their habits of repressing their feelings and thoughts will surprise you when they experience strong mood swings and extreme anger. Their focus is not on their own self but on others and their well being.

The birthstone of Cancer is Ruby but goes well with Moonstone, Pearl and Emerald as well! 

The Moon is the ruling planet of Cancer and represents the unconscious, one’s feelings and the self as it takes light from the Sun which focuses on the person itself. The Moon represents the feminine side which is associated with nurturing others and caring for their needs. It inculcates the instincts of caring for loved ones and those in need. 

The element of Cancer is water hence they have a deep relationship with the realm of emotions; they feel strongly and are also quick to note how others are feeling. They allow themselves to get in touch with their emotional side more compared to others so they feel and express strongly too.

The Personality Traits Of The Crab.


This star has the power of intuition like some others thus they have much reliance on their gut feelings; they just know and don’t have to see or experience something to believe it. They are people who focus on what is going on inside; their thoughts, feelings, dreams and ideas guide them to what is right for them and drive them away from what is bad for them. They look at how they feel towards someone or something to determine if it is right for them.

They are able to read people because of this ability and rely on it way more than using logic or rationale. They give preference to it over what is going on in the environment hence they have the strength to see what is hidden or unseen. As a result, they can take good decisions quickly because oftentimes what they think or feel intuitively is also present in their surroundings even if not so obvious.


Cancer is one of the most caring stars of the zodiac. They focus much of their energy on their friends, loved ones and family and want the best for them; they even go to the extent of ignoring their own needs to fulfill those of others.

Cancers are the type of people who will be there for you in their difficult time to lend you a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen to your worries. They believe in helping people feel better due to their strong belief in emotions and their caring nature that arises from both their ruling planet and element of water. Not only do they care but they want you to grow and they will strive to be a part of that process.


When it comes to Cancers they are extremely loyal. You won’t have to worry about them snooping around your back or not defending you in front of others. They have a deep and well rooted relation with you and will do anything to keep that as it is!

They are loyal because they don’t want to hurt you and they realize the pain that is associated with cheating or not being there for their friends and family at their times of need. Also, they have this innate urge to care for you either by being there to defend you or show you that you are the only one they want to be with!

Next time you find yourself in a difficult situation in front of others, have a Cancer on your back because they will express their loyalties bluntly in front of everyone and stand by your side.


Yes Cancers are very sensitive and their emotional intelligence is very high. They can easily sense if you are upset or feel uncomfortable and this will tend to this immediately. They can notice small changes in people’s behavior, tone and body language or facial expressions and also gauge the reason for this change as it is often related to emotions if not only pure logic.

If someone is hurt by what others say, awkward because no one wants to talk to them or are having a hard time keeping up at work due to stress arising from the home life, Cancers will be able to pick up on the small cues when others will term them as underconfident, boring or lazy.


Don’t mess with someone who is friends with a Cancer because they hold their loved ones very dearly. They are fierce if someone tries to hurt their friends or family and will react badly – even more badly compared to if you had hurt them. They will go to large lengths to ensure others feel safe and secure. If such is not the case they will find out the reason and deal with it because this is something they cannot stand due to their strong instinct of caring for others.

Repress Emotions.

Although Cancers are very receptive to the emotions of others, they try to repress their own. They want to focus on the well being of all those around them and do not want their own emotions to become a hurdle in this process. Also, maybe they are scared of opening up as others may not be able to care for them as they care for others.

Cancers will hide their feelings very well because they know what those small behaviors or cues are that give others away. So don’t be surprised when you find out how a Cancer is actually feeling. They are very good at keeping their feelings a secret!

Don’t Open Up Easily.

Cancers do not like opening up so easily and that too with everyone. Although they are very friendly and warm and kind hearted to others, they may not expect the same from others and so find it difficult to share their own feelings or thoughts. Also, they like to recede into their shell at times so that they can get in touch with their feelings without any disturbance. That may be a reason why they don’t allow others to come so close because they value their privacy.

Anger Outbursts.

This is a bit scary when you think about someone so nice and sweet. Can they actually get that angry? Yes they can and it is not surprising when you think about it.

As Cancers are very secretive about their emotions, not very vocal about what they want and may not show what it is that bothers them, they repress their feelings and this builds up the frustration in them greatly. They may be kind and caring around you but inside they are boiling because they are not getting the care or attention they want from you. Eventually, they will blow up because they cannot keep that smiley face on forever can they? When they blow up, all that frustration comes out and it is quite the scene.

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.


The article highlighted the major personality traits of the zodiac sign Cancer while also mentioning its birthstone and the influence its ruling planet and element have on it. The article also gave tips on what to expect when dealing with these caring stars.

Frequently Asked Questions: The Personality Of Cancer.

What are the bad traits of Cancer?

The bad traits of Cancer include moodiness, clingy behavior, temper outbursts and repressed emotions.

Do Cancers fall in love fast?

Yes Cancers can fall in love fast because they are very sensitive and in tune to the emotions of others and like attention and care.

Are Cancers controlling?

Cancers can become controlling especially if they are taking care of you and playing a significant role in your lif


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