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Changing Your Mind Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. www.brettsteenbarger.com The following is an excerpt from The Psychology of Trading (Wiley, 2003). Our normal states of mind, which define most of our daily experience, lie within a restricted range of our possibilities . Your immersion in daily routine keeps you locked in routine mind states. This traps you in problem patterns that have been anchored to these states. The heart of counseling is the introduction of new, constructive patterns during times when a person is operating outside of their emotional, physical, and cognitive norms. Attempting different change techniques—such as positive imagery or self-talk—is unlikely to succeed if those techniques are administered during periods of normal, routine functioning. The psychological techniques that are most powerful in
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Unformatted text preview: accelerating change create positive traumas, providing new experiences during extraordinary states of cognitive and emotional processing. Ordinary human consciousness—not necessarily any abnormalities associated with mental disorders—is the enemy of profitable trading. Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and a daily trader of the stock index futures markets. He is the author of The Psychology of Trading (Wiley, 2003) and coeditor of the forthcoming The Art and Science of the Brief Psychotherapies (American Psychiatric Press, 2004). Many of his articles on trading psychology and daily trading strategies are archived at his website, www.brettsteenbarger.com ....
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