You have natural intelligence, which enables you to watch what is happening, and then act accordingly. Even in conversation you are aware of what is going on around you, particularly if it affects you; you then make a mental note of what is said and done and store it away for future reference. You are lively company and a good listener, so others often share their sorrows or their good news. A secret is safe in your hands, and you are honest in your dealings. You like variety in your life and enjoy the company of others; most monkey people usually have an active social life. One of your strengths is you ability to adapt and respond to different situations, and when you are asked for advice it is well thought out.
Although you are generally trustworthy and unlikely to hurt someone out of spite, you do not let people escape if they behaved badly or damaged your reputation; indeed, it would be unwise for someone to cross you too many times. You have a wily nature and bide your time knowing that a good opportunity will come your way. Your determination to achieve what you want can make you appear vain or manipulative, so be careful that this does not damage your friendships. Sometimes it is wiser not to pursue your goal and simply let things pass.
Most people born in the Year of the Monkey have an excellent memory, and when others are fishing around for names or numbers you usually come up with the right answer. There is something in your openness and willingness to help people that allow them to forgive the more shrewd side of your character. You can be friendly and very alluring, which makes you a welcome addition to a party, but there is also a deeper, more tender side to your nature which is moved when you see someone in trouble.