I was hypnotized by the boring ES price action at times today and a thought came across my mind about why traders (including me) feel the need to short the markets. It's because we had missed out on shorting when it was the proper action to take, which is in late 2007 and all through 2008 and early 2009. I, for one, started my trading career only in April of this year, trading stocks at a prop firm. Got fired (maybe even intentionally trying to get myself fired) and went to day trading options and then futures shortly thereafter. I believe it is a subconscious urge of mine to "get back" at the markets, to get revenge on them, because I had missed the great profits to be had shorting the markets when they needed to be (even though I was not even a trader then). So, right now, at every opportunity, my subconscious urges me to look for situations where I can short the market, alas, too often to the detriment of my own account. I suggest to everybody else here to really look deep into themselves and see the real reason why they are shorting. After all, we are all here to make a PROFIT, and NOT to be RIGHT (well, at least for the real traders)! Our rational mind recognizes that, but our subconscious, which is much more powerful as it controls us without even us knowing why (e.g. "I just feel that way"), urges us to "get back" on the action that we missed in not being there or not shorting the markets at one of the best shorting opportunities in history. That is why a lot of us get the compulsive urge to short the markets, even though we know it's all govt manipulated and it will fall when they want it to. Peace.