Containing emotions and maintaining discipline make up 60% of the trading strategies.

Most academies or education revolving around the 'Psychology of Trading' are packed with information from various school of thoughts by combining theories of modern and traditional psychology. The information provided maybe highly educational but for traders, it may be more theoretical than practical. A big problem is the 'overload of information' available out there and to make matters worse, traders gets confused and unable to apply what they have learnt practically.

One of the hot topics revolves around the argument of how effective are 'Mental Training'.Mental games or even popular trainings such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Would really be useful in improving or result in consistent trader performances.

Through our research here at FXGEOMETRY, we believe that, to be able to apply what was leant practically, it all boils down to 'How effective are the method of delivery of the educations provided to engage areas of the brain which would enhance an optimal mental state for the trader and then influence his beliefs, actions or behavior'.

A lot has been said about why 'Patience' & 'Discipline' are crucial ingredients in making Traders successful and produce consistent results. But, again the question is in the 'How?'- How and what could a trader do, to be more patient and disciplined? The Key to achieving these two ingredients would be to first organize the Market Analysis Process into Sequential Steps that would engage Right Brain and Left Brain activities as illustrated below:


This is where you need a mentor to guide you through a trade plan that consists of little steps that will take you through an organized process of analysing the markets.

Crucial Elements of Trading Psychology

Trading revolves around a trader's beliefs, mental state and thinking strategies. This would entail trading to be 60% psychological, including why and how you trade or which trading methodology or system you will follow for your personal success. Your psychology when trading can have a huge impact on your desired results.

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These are just a few of the traits which traders acquire that can have the power of a gain or loss when trading Forex. Marinating and of course obtaining an ideal Forex trading mindset can be achieved through accepting a number of factors that will affect your experience. Managing to control your emotions, be organized and not make impulsive moves will put you one step ahead of the game.

Revolves around managing your emotions, beliefs system and physiology to enhance the successful accomplishment of a task

Every task has an optimal mental state that will allow you to accomplish that task effortlessly. For example, to execute a trade, you benefit from courage and total commitment. Fear, in contrast, is a big disadvantage as a mental state for executing trades.

Mental states are primarily what most people call discipline or emotional control. Examples include,: being impatient with the markets, being afraid of the markets or being too optimistic about the markets.

Controlling your mental states is just part of the answer, but when you can see that you are the creator of your own results as a trader, then you have come a long way and can really make progress. One of the most effective ways in achieving an optimal mental state when trading is by acquiring the knowledge and skills in ‘Losing Properly’.

Involves the way in which we organize our actions in a sequence of manageable steps.

Beliefs are basic ways we filter out information which then determine how we perceive the ‘realities’ of the world.

‘It is important to keep a clear and an opened mind when trading’ – bet many have heard this saying but the question is HOW? The number one way is to collect sufficient but factual information about trading and the Forex market before taking the plunge into Real Trading. This will be a crucial ‘first step’ into structuring your Beliefs system.

Beliefs are primarily unconscious for example like what you would expect from someone or something that has occurred which does depend a lot on what you belief. We filter information from the world using our ‘Belief’ and it is an essential tool in forming our judgements, categorizations, meanings or comparisons. Ultimately, beliefs determine how we perceive reality or the relationships in our world of what we see as the reality.

If taking Trading as an example, one of the beliefs that is most productive for good trading is the belief that you are totally accountable for your own results. By firstly adopting this belief, a trader would then be able to be in the right ‘mental state’ or frame of mind in order for them to learn from their mistakes. On the contrary, if a trader ends up blaming someone else like the Trainer, the broker, trading signals, Indicators or even the forex market itself, then the trader is most likely to repeat the same mistakes all over again. Taking the responsibility is key but it boils down to having the access to accurate, relevant and unbiased information about the particular Topic or subject to strengthen the belief.

Traders need to “own their problems” and shoulder accountability for the outcomes produced. This will enable them to discover the realities of how their results come from some sort of mental state, which will then encourage them to do either one of the following;

  1. Have a Trade plan and follow the Rules
  2. Have a general Trade Plan but Not follow the rules
  3. Trade the markets without a Trade Plan or any rules whatsoever.

If a trader for example, takes the time to contemplate on their beliefs either about Trading, the forex market, themselves, money or risks and writes them down, then they can establish a much better idea of being able to provide the answers for the following;

  • What would they want to trade?
  • How would they want to trade?
  • Are there possible flaws in the process of thinking?
  • Which beliefs support you as a trader and which ones hinder your progress?