I have been practicing with the nice Gimp linux software some image manipulation techniques.
The outcome reminds how most market participants feel with regard to their investments. Fortunately the vast majority freaks out and sells during crashes and gets greedy and buys during overvalued periods or market peaks. This can be illustrated in the image below.
If you want to make serious money on the stock market make sure you are not the kind of person who is affected by the herd mentality of the masses shown above. Fear and greed feelings should mostly emerge when the majority feels the opposite. You rather must enjoy times of extreme low valuations, and load as much as you can then, and fear when the market or your stocks are very overvalued and the masses are buying. In conclusion you should genuinely feel almost exactly the opposite of the first image. So rotate it 180 degrees and check out if you feel like the faces here below during those market cycles.
PD: the original image comes from an e-mail I was sent by www.trustablegold.com, it’s funny that a company specializing in gold “investments” targets value investing blogs but I must admit that the graph is nice. I might edit it a bit more and put real pictures in it :), like that I can have fun and practice a bit more with Gimp on transparent backgrounds.