NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I like to consider myself an armchair psychologist. In the chicken/egg taxonomy of this phenomenon, the years of trying to understand the markets made me this way, not the other way around.
As you may know, there is an entire school of thought devoted to the irregularities and inefficiencies in the market known as behavioral finance. It's within this framework that I offer up the two charts below suggesting a striking degree of similarity between them.
Source: Facset, Standard & Poors, JP Morgan, Gary Goldberg Financial Services The top one is Rubin's vase, named after the famous Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin. Looked at one way, it's a vase, looked at another, it's two faces. In the vernacular, this is known as an ambiguous or bi-stable form.
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