Technical analysis means looking at markets a different way. It requires a different kind of thinking. And the establishment is always reluctant to accept another way of thinking. After all, another way of thinking could be risky, it could require more study, worst of all -- it could mean your job. One problem with technical analysis is that it's not automatic. You need experience, you need imagination, you need an inquisitive and searching mind. You also have to realize that technical analysis isn't the royal road to riches in the markets. Well, nothing is. Everything in the investment business requires thinking, trial-and-error, and a realization that no matter how smart you think you are -- you can always, at any time, be dead wrong.