My Mate the Primate: Characteristics of the Year of the Monkey

Personality Traits

The personality traits most often associated with apes are the typical characteristics of people born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the monkey. They are frequently inquisitive, sharp-witted, agile, and full of mischief, loving tricks and pranks, and always playing the fool. If you were born in the year of the monkey, it is likely that you will be a bundle of energy, always up for something new and fun.

The downside to all this laughter is that Monkeys’ constant practical jokes can wear on the patience of less mischievous personalities. Calmer people often want to scream at the cheeky ape to sit still and be quiet. Their character means that Monkeys often thrive in high-energy careers like stock-broking, trading, and directing. Since these jobs bring in the bucks, Monkeys can be wealthier than nay-sayers would give them credit for.

However, a Monkey’s life is not about making money. They work for the fun of it, and bring their boisterous character into everything they do. They are not the steadiest of people when it comes to relationships, so if you fall in love with a Monkey, be prepared for a rollercoaster.


Monkeys make great friends for Dragons, who admire their chutzpah and charisma. A Dragon chooses his friends carefully, and only strong personalities like Monkeys pass muster. Rats also get on well with apes, as they share a wicked sense of humour. However, Snakes should keep their distance. The Monkey may love practical jokes, but is never sly or malicious, which the Snake is very good at. The Horse’s sense of humor is less sharp and witty than the Monkey’s; they just aren’t on the same wavelength, and rarely get on well.


Celebrity monkeys include Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Celine Dion, and Christina Aguilera.


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