My personal opinion is that Elliott Wave is used to some degree to manipulate the financial markets. This is my personal opinion, but if you're counting waves and you label them a, b, c and the market spikes making 4 & 5. I'm not saying Elliott Wave does not exist because I believe under perfect conditions is probably does.
Elliott Wave isn't manipulating the financial markets. You clearly DO NOT understand how investment markets work in general or how currency valuations are actually determined.
What YOU are doing when you analyze a chart, is looking to recognize the Elliott Wave pattern.
Pattern recognition is nothing more than the visualization of past events from the 'real world' being reflected in the markets, and given the statistical probability of repeated patterns of outcomes from those past events (markets are cyclical), then you can establish a setup of high probability for that specific instance.
However this is still nothing more than just a technical indicator showing a possible pattern, you are not considering the actual HOW AND WHY the events took place, or what the greater level of impact those events will have on the markets.
Successful trading is SO MUCH more than just throwing a technical indicator on a screen.
To be successful you have to understand how the markets really work, and you MUST absolutely leave your emotions out of trading.
Kill your losing trades, let your winning trades run, collect them in profit when you hit your target. Don't get greedy.
If you did your job correctly, then hitting your target and collecting the profits is exactly what you should be doing.
Do you feel pleasure when you close a winning trade?
Do you feel loss when you close a losing trade?
Do you hold losing trades because you hope they will come back up? Why hold them? That's stupid. Close them, then open them back up when the markets come back to this price.
Do you feel a slight rush of excitement when you place a trade?
Do you feel proud and joyful when you see a trade become profitable?
If you said yes to any of those, then you do NOT have your emotions under control.
If you did your proper homework and proper advanced research, then you should know already if your trade is going to be profitable.
But of course, even if you did your homework and all your research properly, that is still no guarantee that you will be profitable.
If the trade goes bad, then it goes bad, kill it, analyze the markets again, and make the next trade when appropriate.
If you can't do that without emotions, then you have no business trading. Emotions cause traders to do STUPID things, and STUPID things cause BLOWN ACCOUNTS.