Article Forging a Disciplined, Patient Mind for the Uncertainties of Trading

Rande Howell

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Rande

I have been curious about the amygdala , if it is over responsive/reactive , it is not regulated or controlled.I found it tends to overreact in positive situations by overexposure based on positive sentiment ,it subconsciously(like human autopilot) takes over and place larger trades.

Technically, the amygdala is an ancient part of the emotional brain that governs responses to threat -- usually fear responses. It also, interestingly enough, is involved in letting down our guards so that pro attachment kinds of behavior can occur. The amygdala (fear response) is governed by the hippocampus -- as interpreter of in incoming information related to past experience embedded into limbic memory. It is the signal from the hippocampus that activates the amygdala.

This "positive sentiment" you speak of is probably what I would call a dopamine fix associated with reward. This is more about the impact euphoria (feeling good) has on perception rather than an amygdala related event. Euphoria, while trading, leads to over trading. Trading is about managing the emotions and meanings of assessments that create the mind that engages uncertainty.

Rande Howell

Rande Howell
 

Rande Howell

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But you ARE trying to mess with it. It is there doing a perfectly good job and you are trying to suppress or remove its response to stimulus.
You are trying to stop millions of years of evolution by using your 'conscious brain' which is considerably less developed and as you say yourself 'slower' than your amygdala. Do you see the futility of the task you have set yourself. You cannot succeed.

Just to clarify, the above post is not from me.
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