Up till recently I've been a heterotrader, trading one side of the market. I'm proud to say that I am now a bitrader. I had a good week and almost everything was from the long side. I cut my trading teeth on this bear market and shorting has been my entire game. I think the thing that was causing me problems was the phrase "bear market rally". Yeah its a rally but we're in a bear market so I'm looking for shorts. I did poorly in the last rally we had and the same thing was happening this time. Well it finally penetrated my thick head that for a short term trader there is no such thing as a bear market rally. For a short term trader a bear market rally is an UPTREND. I began to shift my focus to shorter term trendlines and the proper trades quickly became apparent. If your having problems along these lines you may want to get the long term charts off your screens for awhile.