Recently I suffered setbacks in my life and I have made virtues of those vices. Full retirement assures that conventional work does not interfere with trading, and vice versa. Severely reduced mobility makes it comfortable to remain in front of the trading screen all day. And diminished social contact makes the voice of the market easier to hear. As well as the voices in my own head. Perhaps this combination of isolation and sustained attentiveness makes me quick to take offense at slights, real or imagined. Recently I have become agitated anew (as it is an old and recurring gripe) at the belief in certain quarters here that one cannot become a good trader if one suffers from bad character. I can certainly attest that it is possible to be a mediocre trader while retaining, reveling even, in one's poor character. And I do both hope and believe that it is easier to become a better trader than it is to change one's character. So I thught to elicit, for our shared amusement if not edification, comments on the correlation, if any, between good character and good trading. Cynics may say there is an anti-correlation, given the past two years of misadventures on Wall Street. But my concern is the individual trader of the type I imagine constitutes the majority of traders on ET. I will state my own position clearly: Good trading has nothing to do with good character and everything to do with a good system. It is possible for the non-institutionalized person of the lowest imaginable character or for the person suffering from neuroses barely shy of psychoses to develop good trading systems and exercise them profitably. I humbly solicit your opinions and personal experiences pro and con for the collective benefit.