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Market Psychology Questionnaire Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. www.brettsteenbarger.com Note: The following questionnaire first appeared in a column I wrote for the former site WorldlyInvestor.com on January 12, 2001. Scoring for the questionnaire and an explanation of results are in the second portion of this article, after the questionnaire items. Instructions: The following questionnaire describes 24 emotional states. Please use the scale that appears below to describe how you have felt during the last two weeks of trading. Please do not read further into this article until you have completed the questionnaire. 1 = almost never; 2 = rarely; 3 = sometimes; 4 = often; 5 = almost always 1) Happy _____ 9) Joyful _____ 17) Cheery _____ 2) Pleased _____ 10) Content _____ 18) Satisfied _____ 3) Energetic _____ 11) Enthusiastic _____ 19) Lively _____ 4) Affectionate _____ 12) Caring _____ 20) Warm _____ 5) Sad _____ 13) Melancholy _____ 21) Depressed _____ 6) Nervous _____ 14) Stressed ______ 22) Edgy _____ 7) Frustrated _____ 15) Angry ______ 23) Irritated _____ 8) Regretful _____ 16) Guilty _____ 24) Self Doubting _____ Explanation of the Questionnaire Please note that this is not a mental health questionnaire. It is not intended to diagnose or identify emotional problems. Instead, it is a snapshot of your state of mind during the past two weeks. The purpose of the questionnaire is to assess the relative balance between your positive emotional states (psychological well-being) and your negative emotional states (psychological distress).
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All of us experience emotional stresses. Indeed, a high degree of stress is built into many life situations (raising children in a two career family; short-term, highly leveraged trading; etc.). The challenge is not to reduce stress, since the demands we face at work and home are part and parcel of what make life meaningful. Rather, the goal is to ensure that stress does not generate distress; that our lives have a favorable balance between states of well-being and states of distress. Every challenging situation we face is a source of stress. Every challenging situation we face is also a potential source of well-being—and a potential source of distress.
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