As traders, we are left alone in our thoughts as we trade.
We are exposed both to FEAR’S motivation of avoidance or GREED’S motivation to take advantage of a situation before it is gone.
Our sense of worth and adequacy then becomes grafted into the emotion.
It is this that most of us have avoided until trading brings our emotional baggage to the surface.
All your clever disguises come tumbling down like a house of cards in an emotional storm.
Trading, and the emotions that are generated while trading, will expose all your vulnerabilities.
There is nowhere to hide.
Emotions are not part of your psychology, they are biological.
If you try to push the fear aside, it will simply blindside you.
It cannot be pushed around.
It will hijack your thinking.
The deeper emotions around identity shape your psychology and who you believe yourself to be in the world.
A strong emotion, like fear of loss or FOMO, triggers and is coursing chemically through your body in nanoseconds.
Your mind’s awareness of the emotion’s arousal occurs about a half second later.
So emotion, and its power to influence thought, has already corrupted your capacity to think clearly long before you become aware that an emotion has triggered.
Article Written By Ash Playsted (LinkedIn User)