Why Are Cancers So Smart?

What makes this water sign so intelligent?

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Cancers are one of the most intelligent zodiac signs that you'll ever meet. Over-thinking and deeply feeling is a Cancers M.O.

This incredibly intelligent sign carefully analyzes and examines every single one of their thoughts, making them one of the smartest zodiac signs out there.

Why are Cancers so smart?

Cancers — those born between June 21 and July 22 — undoubtedly excel in the realm of emotional intelligence.


From the emotion emitted from Lana Del Ray's music to the passion behind every single Meryl Streep performance, their intelligence clearly comes through via creativity and feelings.

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Intelligence is an elusive idea. How can you really tell how smart a person is?

Today it is mainly measured in terms of Intelligence Quotient (IQ) —what people know and how quickly they can solve problems using reasoning — and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) — your ability to recognize and regulate emotion, and to use social awareness in problem-solving.

In fact, according to Business Insider, Cancers are actually one of the most emotionally intelligent signs, because they excel at recognizing and reasoning with their own and others' feelings.

They are highly imaginative, deeply intuitive, and sentimental. Cancer's use their emotional intelligence and intuition to assess other people and their emotions, and ultimately help them. They have a knack for making people feel as if they can be completely open and honest about their feelings.


If you are struggling with a relationship, a Cancer is the perfect person to talk it out with and seek advice from. making people feel as if they can be completely open and honest about their feelings.

As a water sign, Cancers are receptive and sensitive to subtle currents of emotion. Their feelings flow as deep as the ocean and they are able to understand emotions at a deeper and more unconscious level than most.

Cancer is symbolized by a crab. The oceanic crustacean lives simultaneously in both the sea and the shore, just as a Cancer exists in both the emotional and material realms. They effortlessly pick up the emotions of others and use this information to help others.

Often their intelligence comes in the form of music and art. Many successful Cancers are singers, writers, and creators.


Famous Cancers who are brilliant:

1. Lana Del Ray (June 21, 1985)

The American singer-songwriter and record producer has received many awards, including two Brit Awards, two MTV Europe Music Awards, a Satellite Award, and nine GAFFA Awards.

Her music is known for its stylized, cinematic quality and themes of sadness, tragic romance, glamor, and melancholia.

According to the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator — a self-report inventory designed to identify a person's personality type, strengths, and preferences — Lana Del Ray an INFP, or mediator.

This means she is a poetic, kind and altruistic person who is always eager to help a good cause, which certainly fits for a caring Cancer.


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2. Meryl Streep (June 22, 1949)

Often described as the "best actress of her generation," Meryl Streep is an actress and singer who has starred in a variety of films and television shows including The Devil wears Prada, Mamma Mia!, The Post, and Little Women.

Streep has been nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, of which she has won three, and has a record 32 Golden Globe nominations, of which she won nine.

3. Mindy Kaling (June 24, 1979)

Mindy Kaling first gained recognition starring as Kelly Kapoor in the sitcom The Office. Not only did she act in this award-winning television show, but she also served as a writer, executive producer, and director. She since produced and starred in the Fox comedy series The Mindy Project.


According to her tweet, Kaling is an ENTJ or commander, meaning she is a bold, imaginative, and strong-willed leader.

4. Ariana Grande (June 26, 1993)

Though Ariana Grande rose to fame as a Nickelodeon actor, she has since broken a multitude of records — including the largest streaming week for a pop album, first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously, most number-one debuts on the Hot 100 and most followed solo female artist on Spotify, among others — for her music.


Fittingly for a Cancer, Grande is an ESFJ or consul, meaning she is an extraordinarily caring, social, and popular person who is always eager to help.

5. Elon Musk (June 28, 1971)

Elon Musk is a prime example of a Cancer with both a high Intelligence Quotient (he has an IQ of 155) and emotional intelligence.

Musk is a business magnate, industrial designer, and engineer, most well known for being the CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.

According to Forbes, he is one of the richest people in the entirety of the world.

As for his Myers-Briggs personality type, Musk is an INTJ or architect, meaning he is an imaginative and strategic thinker.

6. Robin Williams (July 21, 1951)

The American actor and comedian known for his improvisational skills and a wide variety of voices are often regarded as one of the best comedians of all time.


He starred in a multitude of films — like Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Good Will Hunting — and many awards.

Williams is an ENFP or campaigner, meaning he is an enthusiastic, creative, and sociable free spirit.

7. Selena Gomez (July 22, 1992)

After staring as Alex Russo in the Emmy Award–winning Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena Gomez went on to release three albums as a solo artist, all of which debuted atop the Billboard 200.

Aside from her music, Gomez launched a makeup line, clothing line, handbag line, fragrance line, and a production company.

She has also worked with a variety of charitable organizations and was appointed a UNICEF ambassador at age 17.


Like Grande, Gomez is also an ESFJ or consul.

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Audrey Jaber is a writer living in Boston, Massachusetts. She covers a variety of topics for YourTango, including news, entertainment and astrology.