The following text is my reply to a thread called "what do you think about yourself". But it turns out the topic of that thread is overtrading. I feel my reply is a good start to initiate another thread related to psychology. So I repost it here. Please reply here rather than in the other thread. Thanks. ---------- I always think that I am the opponent of the market. That is problematic. I imagine the market as a group of people (fund managers, market makers, specialists, analysts, brokers, regulators, and even news media) that runs a casino game together. They can monitor everything that we (the customers) do and rip money from most of us. I do not know how true this is in reality. What do you think? I really hope I can be part of the market instead an opponent of it. ---------- By the way, what I really mean is that I hope that my thought was not true. Hope that in a certain degree that the market is not controlled by A group, meaning most people feel like what I feel but do not know what is really going on? But perhaps my hope is not realistic.