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What is Trading Psychology?

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DavyFX

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Trading psychology is an important aspect of trading stocks, Forex, or virtually any other security. In fact, it is no less significant for conducting a successful trade than, say, trading skills and knowledge or current market conditions.

Trading psychology is associated with the traders’ mindset and how they are managing their emotions, thought processes, and trading decisions. According to the trading psychology definition, traders have better chances of getting large payouts, or at least not losing too many funds, when they stay rational at all times and not yield to greed or fears.

Even though psychological stimuli are subjective and different for individual traders, there are still some universal influences that determine how people conduct their trades. These stimuli include:

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Impatience
  • Greed

When a trader is afraid, they may feel compelled to liquidate all their trading funds and not open new positions, which can make them miss the real opportunity. When they are angry after a loss, they tend to make rash decisions and open new trades when the market is clearly against their position.

As for impatience and greed, traders overcome by these passions usually want to get payouts immediately or/and at large amounts. They don’t want to wait and make tiny steps towards success; they want to achieve it at once, which can often lead to their demise.

In order to overcome fear and anger, and manage impatience and greed, traders need to practice their psychological responses to various situations, just as they practice their actual trading skills. This way, they will not be overwhelmed when the market behaves in/against their favor.
 

AayushiShah

Member
Trading psychology is a broad term that encompasses all of the emotions and feelings that a typical trader will experience while trading. Some of these emotions are beneficial and should be encouraged, while others, such as fear, greed, nervousness, and anxiety, should be avoided. Trading psychology is complicated and takes time to fully understand.

In reality, many traders are more affected by the negative aspects of trading psychology than by the positive aspects. This can manifest itself in the form of prematurely closing losing trades as the fear of loss becomes too great, or simply doubling down on losing positions when the fear of realizing a loss turns to greed. Fear of missing out, or FOMO as it is colloquially known, is one of the most perilous emotions in financial markets. When the market reverses and moves in the opposite direction, traders are enticed to buy after the move has peaked, causing enormous emotional stress.

Traders who can benefit from the positive aspects of psychology while managing the negative aspects are better positioned to deal with the volatility of financial markets and become better traders.
 

DavyFX

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Trading psychology is a broad term that encompasses all of the emotions and feelings that a typical trader will experience while trading. Some of these emotions are beneficial and should be encouraged, while others, such as fear, greed, nervousness, and anxiety, should be avoided. Trading psychology is complicated and takes time to fully understand.

In reality, many traders are more affected by the negative aspects of trading psychology than by the positive aspects. This can manifest itself in the form of prematurely closing losing trades as the fear of loss becomes too great, or simply doubling down on losing positions when the fear of realizing a loss turns to greed. Fear of missing out, or FOMO as it is colloquially known, is one of the most perilous emotions in financial markets. When the market reverses and moves in the opposite direction, traders are enticed to buy after the move has peaked, causing enormous emotional stress.

Traders who can benefit from the positive aspects of psychology while managing the negative aspects are better positioned to deal with the volatility of financial markets and become better traders.
Highly agree on that :)
 

Xie Yuanjun

New Member
Traders are susceptible to a wide range of emotions that can cloud their judgement and cause them to act irrationally. Fear, greed, stress and impatience can all lead us to make mistakes, enter or exit trades at the wrong time or chase losses in an attempt to recoup our losses. These reactions are normal but they are not helpful when it comes to making money from financial markets. To be a successful trader you have to become aware of these emotions, recognise them and understand how they affect your trading decisions.

Trading psychology is a relatively new discipline within the field of behavioural finance but it has evolved quickly in recent years as traders have sought ways to cope with the increasingly fast-paced nature of modern financial markets.
 

rues

New Member
You will not have any menthal problem if:
have understandable and tested algorithm by your eyes on chart at least a year.
have stop
using several pairs at the same time
 

Magnificent

New Member
Trading psychology refers to the emotions and state of mind that help determine success or failure in trading. Trading psychology reflects different aspects of the character and behavior of a person which influence their trading actions. Trading psychology may be as critical in assessing trading performance as other qualities such as awareness, experience, and ability.
 

destriero

New Member
Completely agree with you on this. You need to have the right mindset and psychology in order to succeed in forex. You cannot get emotional with it, nor can you be too detached. You have to find the perfect balance between the two of them and try to thrive on that. Every person is different, so it will take time and energy, but don’t get dismayed because of that.
 

Hojo168

New Member
Totally agreed! Learning from other fellows also a good way to reflect ourselves on what are we doing.
 

Talisman

Member
Perfectly explained. I appreciate you taking the time to properly explain it.
It is my suggestion to all traders not to let their negative emotions take a hold of their trading decisions, otherwise they’ll over-indulge in trading and most probably suffer a loss.
 

deaddog

New Member
This is accurate! In forex, we have to separate our emotions from our trade and learning about the psychology of the market can be really helpful in trades.
 

Manometer

New Member
Agreed! Taking trading psychology into account, you understand the working of the market a bit more in depth and can use it in your trades or to predict the prices.
 

shoab.chow

New Member
Based on my own experience, I think forex plays a big role for mental fitnes or thinking.........so it is not just technical knowledge but also mental strength for success.
 

Remiform

New Member
Forex is a huge market and psychology has a huge role to play in it. The forex market is expected to be even more volatile and erratic because of the fact that it's a 24/7 market and it allows traders to react instantaneously to any given situation.So,traders' mindset and their stress management skills plays a vital role in making profits.
 

lapidus

New Member
Trading psychology is a broad term that encompasses all of the emotions and feelings that a typical trader will experience while trading. Some of these emotions are beneficial and should be encouraged, while others, such as fear, greed, nervousness, and anxiety, should be avoided. Trading psychology is complicated and takes time to fully understand.

In reality, many traders are more affected by the negative aspects of trading psychology than by the positive aspects. This can manifest itself in the form of prematurely closing losing trades as the fear of loss becomes too great, or simply doubling down on losing positions when the fear of realizing a loss turns to greed. Fear of missing out, or FOMO as it is colloquially known, is one of the most perilous emotions in financial markets. When the market reverses and moves in the opposite direction, traders are enticed to buy after the move has peaked, causing enormous emotional stress.

Traders who can benefit from the positive aspects of psychology while managing the negative aspects are better positioned to deal with the volatility of financial markets and become better traders.
DEFINITELY trading psychology is very important
 

Psychomancy

New Member
Forex trading psychology is the most important fundamental for success. When you are in the market, it is just a matter of psychology, not of the trading system or other people’s predictions. You should still be able to follow your trading plan and the rules you set for yourself whether the market is uptrending or downtrending. The reason you are entering the market is for a longer-term profit. So it is important to be always ready to endure a period of losses. The best time to enter a trade is when you are calm and relaxed.
 

Pinking

New Member
The emotions and state of mind are important factors that contribute to the trading success or failure. Trading psychology is a term that describes several characteristics of a person's personality and behavior that influence their trading decisions.
 

Bane

New Member
Trading psychology is basically meant to prepare your mind for trading, risks, profits, and losses. While trading, you will always be making predictions and there’s no guarantee how correct they will turn out to be. So, it’s best to be prepared for every outcome that is possible.
 

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