Dating a Cancer Man: The Mama's Boy

This is the last installment of my dating article series based on astrology. Here we discuss the subject of dating a Cancer man, with a very tongue in cheek style that is not meant to offend. Cancer men are one of two signs I happen to actively avoid when meeting men (the other being Pisces) but this is mostly because fire and water don't mix very well. That, and I find the Cancer male a bit too sensitive -- but this doesn't mean you will. You might enjoy having a man who'll sniffle though Hallmark made-for-TV-films with you, and share books like the Bridges of Madison County. If this guy sounds like the man of your dreams, read on!

Mr. Crabby

The Cancer guy can be an angry, bitchy little thing when you've ticked him off. He can get his claws out faster than a feral cat, and he'll get a dig in without thinking twice. This is how he protects himself, because he's too sensitive to do anything else. And he can get some zingers in there, so don't start a verbal argument unless you want to watch him hit below the belt when he's down.

Mr. Neurotic

Sometimes these guys seem all sweet and loving, but then quickly turn into nervous, twitchy men who seem uncomfortable in their own skin for some reason. They are usually very shy and tend to keep to themselves, but if you get them in a new scenario that makes them jumpy, you'll start to think he needs a good stuff drink -- or some sort of sedation! He worries about everything. His appearance, what others think of his life, etc. And now that he knows others think he's neurotic, he's bound to become even more so!

Mr. Needy

Cancer men need love. More than the average Joe, I mean. Perhaps even more than the average Josephine. His mother is pretty good at filing that void so when you first meet him be prepared to have to lock horns with her if you want him to yourself. Once you manage to get his attention focused on you, and if you can also manage to get him to fall in love with you and want to make you his forever, he'll finally get his little butt in gear and do the full-on pursuing thing, white horse and all. But you'll still need to tolerate all that neediness (that, or be willing to share him with his mother!)

The Basics:

  • How to flirt with a Cancer man: Lavish him with attention and be patient
  • How to tick a Cancer man off: Fail to give him as much attention as he's used to getting from his mother

  • How to scare a Cancer man off: Be unwilling to share him with his mother

  • How to get a Cancer man back: Befriend his mother and be willing to share him with her

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