Category Archives for Trading Psychology

Pandemic, panic and peace. How to make the most of an unavoidable event

Pandemic, Panic and Peace

Panic…our brains were created to look for threats on the savannas of Africa. Our brains evolved before the internet when threats to our lives were very immediate and real. However, our evolution

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Pandemic panic prevention through creativity in chaos.

Pandemic Panic Prevention

Your environment is designed to put you in a state of panic. The entire world is gearing up to stimulate your fears. Newspapers, TV news, politicians, magazines, online blogs and social media all gain

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Extreme Events - getting your brain ready for Black Sawns

Extreme Events: Preparing Your Brain for Black Swans

“Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb from “Antifragile” book Nassim Taleb

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He had everything but success

He Had Everything But Success

He was upset. A former Mind Muscles Academy student called me out of the blue. I hadn’t heard from him for about six months. He was frustrated and angry.He had strategy clarity. With support of our Strategy

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Cartoon picture of a lazy brain reclining on a couch

Trading Behaviors: How to Outwit a Lazy Brain

Why is it so hard to break old trading habits that no longer serve us? Why do we as traders wake up the next morning and regret making trading mistakes that are so persistent, that we repeat them over

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Picture of screaming man believing every tick on the chart is a referendum on himself

Is Every Tick A Referendum On Your Worth?

Roger’s physiology made a dramatic shift. I watched my trader coaching client as he leaned forward with his fists clenched. He had just shorted  20 ES contracts and the market had just broke through

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Why “Will Power” Will Drain Your Brain Power

Carl Richards makes it simple. Carl Richards has an uncanny way of taking complex financial issues and putting them in simple compelling sketches. You can see samples of his work at: https://behaviorgap.com. This

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They Are Sabotaging My Success

“My wife doesn’t support me. After every trading session she looks at me with critical eyes.” “My parents want me to get a real job. They believe trading is just like gambling and I’m addicted.” “All

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The illusion of control can affect your trading decisions

Does Your “Control” Illusion Create Trading Losses?

The mind trap we’re going to look at today is “Control Illusion.” This means that if your subconscious mind believes that it is in control, as a trader, you ascribe more value than is actually there. This

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Are you smaller than your money?

Are You Smaller Than Your Money?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson First,

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Do you have a trading addiction?

Do you have a Trading Addiction?

How do you know if you’re addicted to trading? Signs of a trading addiction Some of my clients are addicted to trading. Yes, addicted. Addicted in the same sense as alcohol, gambling, sex or nicotine

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Does the Trader's Mindset really matter? An image by sbtlneet on Pixabay

The Trader’s State of Mind – Does it Matter?

Does the Trader’s State of Mind really matter? I have heard this argued both ways. It is been argued that the trader’s state of mind, or more formally, the psychology of a trader, is less critical

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Image: controlling emotion

The Path to Emotional Control

Traders have a major problem. After over two decades of trading on the floors in Chicago and San Francisco, building my own options and equity trading firm, training traders to trade my own capital, coaching

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Your 2018 Persistent Trading Mistakes Will Persist in 2019

Yes, your 2018 persistent trading mistakes will persist in the year 2019. For those of you who know me well, this headline probably gave you a big jolt. My trading methodology and coaching practice is

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Image showing chart proving the issue of handling trading losses is always at the top of the list.

Our Trading Brain and Trading Loss

A slow motion, step by step playbook. Why is trading loss the biggest pain point for traders? In a survey of over 1000 traders, the issue of handling trading losses is always at the top of the list.

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Shred your personal stories

Shred Your Stories

“The mind has a job. And that’s to give us all the stories that prove that what it thinks is true.” Byron Katie The world comes at us with a seemingly infinite amount of data every day.

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The more you care the worse you fare

Trading Psychology: The More We Care, The Worse We Fare

I remember going to a student’s office where he was an active day trader. At one point, the trader was short a large number of futures contracts and as it approached his stop he started tapping the

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Pathways to Progress: Your Compass to consistent Profits

Pathways to Progress: Your Guide to Steady, Consistent Results

For over 25 years, I have watched both independent and professional traders flounder. It is the source of one of my biggest frustrations to see capable, intelligent and skillful traders spend thousands

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How to build new neural networks for more effective trading

Building New Neural Networks

  An Introduction to Mind Muscles™ The markets are the markets. There is nothing most of us can do to change them. It is difficult to change the behaviors of people we know well, let alone the masses

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From Simulated Trading to Real Trades, From Small Trades to Big

The challenges facing traders going from simulated trading to real money trading; and from small to large positions. I had a client who I had worked with some time ago who emailed me and said that since

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