THE RED SHOES OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE
"Once upon a time, an orphan girl lived without shoes in a city. This girl had collected all the scraps of fabric she found and sewed herself a pair of red shoes. One day, a gilded carriage had stopped next to the girl, and an old lady got out. This woman had said she would treat the girl like her own little daughter, had taken her home, washed her beautifully and given her clean clothes, a beautiful woollen dress, and shiny black shoes. The girl asked where the red shoe was, and the old lady said the shoes were hideous and had ordered them burned. The girl had distraught that she did not have the red shoes that gave him the most happiness, and her longing for red shoes increased daily.
Time has passed, and the Day of the Innocent has come when the girl will be admitted to the church. The old lady took the girl to the shoe store to buy a pair of shoes prepared for this special day. The girl saw in the shoemaker's chest a pair of bright red shoes made of the finest leather and chose that shoe. The old woman's eyes were so bad that she did not realise the shoes were red and she had taken the shoes. Even if the old lady did not notice the colour of the shoes, everyone in the church saw the girl's shoes and warned the old woman about it. The old lady had told to girl it was naughty to wear red shoes to church. Highly improper! In the future, she would always wear black shoes to church, even though they were old. But the little girl could not give up the red shoes. When the girl put on the red shoes, her feet started to dance independently, and she tried very hard to take those shoes off. But she never gave up on her little girl's shoes. Until the shoes did not come off the girl's feet, and the executioner cut off her feet. But this did not prevent the red shoes from stopping. The red shoes continued to dance along with the cut-off feet of the girl…"
Every fairy tale has a mission to put life's reality in a person's face. In Andersen's fairy tale, this task is undertaken by red shoes. If you were dealing with a Jewish person in ancient times, they would have given you a shoe instead of a promissory note because shoes symbolise honesty and property for Jews. If you had lived in England in ancient times, they would have thrown shoes at you to get you back quickly from your destination. You may have heard of the English idiom "If I were in your shoes": "I wish I were in your shoes". In this idiom, shoes are equated with the self. Karl Marx's shoe alone became an example of capitalism. It has even been such an example that it has become the main symbol of the bourgeois era. In South Korea, buy a red shoes if you want to break up with your lover but can't tell because the red shoes you purchased are enough to tell your lover that you will leave him soon instead of you. In Andersen's tale above, shoes are the object used to measure the girl's human soul. The colour of the shoes is predominantly red. Because it's red, It is a crucial colour that symbolises life, death, war, birth, passion in people, moral elevation, erotic desires, human sins, and even the devil. In addition to all this, red; is also a symbol of intense human emotions. Therefore, the "red shoes" in the fairy tale are an object that has a profound meaning and is far from being innocent. The little girl's desire for red shoes, which started with longing, turned into an obsession over time, and she could not give up on red shoes, even at the expense of losing her feet.
Obsessions are thoughts that come to mind unexpectedly and are often repetitive. This happens uncontrollably and very often. Also, these thoughts cannot be easily driven away, even if people want to. People do repetitive behaviours (compulsions) to get away from the thought causing the obsession and to neutralise this situation. When the person does not do this behaviour that relaxes, his anxiety and uneasiness will start to increase. Therefore, the compulsion provides a temporary reduction in pressure. So, while obsession is the technical occurrence of this disease, repeated behaviours to relieve it are a measure. However, in the future, these repetitive behaviours can cause harm to the person and disrupt daily life due to the person's spending a large part of his time on this behaviour. This behaviour, which starts as a precaution, can become meaningless over time.
According to the data, one out of every fifty people is highly obsessed. However, in reality, obsession is seen in many people. They may not realise it just because the symptoms are mild, or they may adopt it because they have lived with the disease for a long time. A section also tends to hide it despite being aware of the condition. Dysfunction in one of the chemical communication channels between nerve cells in the brain causes this disease to be of biological origin. However, obsession can also occur due to stressful, dominant and psychosocial reasons with solid self-control. Obsession can be noble and beautiful for people who do not experience this disease intensely, but for people with intense symptoms, this disease is a hellish curse. The famous English poet John Milton emphasised the importance of the human brain while talking about this disease and said, "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..."
Have investors who invested in the stock market remained the same as when they first invested? "I have decided to quit the stock market." This sentence is the most apparent one showing that many investors do not stay the same. Have you heard such a sentence from an investor who makes money by buying and selling land, a house, or a car or from an investor who invests in foreign currency or gold? Investors who become obsessed with the stock market over time talk about the stock market as alcohol, cigarette or any bad habit. Even though they are not one out of every fifty people, a session obsession occurred that they could not notice. The repetitive behaviour of this obsession can be seen as constantly buying and selling stocks, having stock in the portfolio, or always controlling the market, whether it is stock or not. Most investors want to be involved in this market because they want their money to retain value where it stands. However, as time progresses, the stress experienced by the investor, the urge to constantly control themself, and the increase in the sense of adrenaline reveal the phenomenon of obsession in the investor. Therefore, when an investor sells a stock, he or she begins to fear that the market will rise immediately. Although there is negative news in the market, they cannot avoid this fear that comes to their mind constantly and uncontrollably. If they do not buy the stock, the fear that they will miss the rise that will begin in the market is so overwhelming that they repurchase a stock to neutralise this situation and reduce their anxiety. The opposite case is also observed very frequently. The investor, who wants to make money, opens the door of the curse that will make hell with their own hands over time. If the stock market is not your profession, remember that it is an investment and you have a life outside the stock market. The stock market is a market that is affected by many things very quickly because it contains more than one variable. The biggest reason instant price movements are intense is this sensitivity. When the sensitivity passes, it goes on its own way again. It is generally complex and rare for investors to catch these sensitive points instantly and intervene directly in their portfolios. Whether you are on the screen or constantly checking your stock, it is unlikely that you can buy at the bottom or sell at the top of the stock. Of course, there will be times when you catch them, but the losses you experience while trying to catch them will be much more.
Disregarding brightness is inherent in every human being. However, the stock market has a structure that can reveal this and sneak into people's lives. Be mindful of which dance the red shoes you wear with swept up by the brilliance of the stock market, lead you to. It is enjoyable to dance when the dance rhythm is under your control, but when the rhythm breaks down and control changes hands, the stock market will continue the dance without you but with an essential part of you, like the red shoes...
"To be able to forget means sanity. Incessantly remembering means obsession, lunacy." Jack London