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By "type of investor" I don't mean short-term or long-term or agressive. How one characterizes himself as an investor is a direct result of and is inextricably connected to the kind of person he is. A person who can't tolerate risk in real-life sure won't be able to tolerate it well as a way of approaching the markets. A person who is rightfully proud of his intelligence and skill and the quality of his judgement isn't likely to find happiness with a mechanical strategy that prevents him from using any of that. A person who is fearful, lacks self-confidence, is subject to self-doubt, fits of anger, feelings of envy or even greed will find the going much rougher than the individual who's gone through some serious self-examination and is ready to meet the market on its terms. Are you thoughful or impulsive? Conservative or wild? Are you patient or do you have a short fuse? When confronted with an obstacle, do you immediately become frustrated or do you begin to evaluate various ways of getting around, over, or through the obstacle? Are you methodical or do you act according to your "gut feeling"? Are you focused? Easily distracted? Do you walk fast or slow? Do you put your socks in the laundry hamper or do you leave them where they lie?

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