This book was recommended to me by a fellow redditor from /r/Forex. Trade Mindfully: Achieve Your Optimum Trading Performance with Mindfulness and Cutting Edge Psychology is one of the books on trading psychology that provide valuable advice and actionable techniques. Another trading book of such a high quality level that I have read was Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas.
Trade Mindfully was written by Gary Dayton in 2014. Gary is a doctor of psychology, a trading psychology mentor, and a trader specializing in Wyckoff method and VSA in S&P futures and equities.
If you are struggling with some common psychological problems associated with trading — like the fear of loss or predisposition to oversize your trades — this book will offer definite steps to overcome them and become a better trader. Although, the author uses mostly futures and stock markets in examples throughout the book, the problems he is talking about and the solutions he offers are pertinent to all kinds of markets, including the spot foreign exchange one.
- 1 Mindfulness
2 The Book
- 2.1 Practices & Exercises
- 3 Why Read It?
- 4 Disadvantages
- 5 Conclusion
The whole book is based on the concept of mindfulness. It is a way of focusing one’s mind and attention on the present state of some activity — be it trading, educational process, reading a book, assessing one’s internal state, and so on. Mindfulness is closely related to the subject of emotional intelligence (emotion detection and management). You might be familiar with this term if you have practiced meditation or perhaps used
Mindfulness serves as the basis for dealing with emotions, making high quality preparations for the trades, focusing on the correct trade execution actions, and doing a fair
This is what mindfulness practice helps us develop: a much more useful relationship with our thoughts and feelings from which we can better govern our behavior. This is what helps us reclaim control over our actions.
The main idea of Trade Mindfully is that we cannot and should not fight our emotions or intrusive thoughts when trading. Doing so is futile and leads to stress and performance deterioration. With mindfulness we, as traders, can accept our emotions and disturbing thoughts, see them for what they really are — just feelings and thoughts — and deal with the trading situation based on our expertise, with all due attention and focus.
Trade Mindfully is divided into three parts. The first part introduces some important concepts, for example, intuitive mind and deliberative mind. It also describes various cognitive biases, emotions, and psychological obstacles traders deal with. It also talks about why we actually need our emotions to trade successfully.
The second part is dedicated to psychological methods that traders can employ to deal with their emotions, anxiety, and distracting ideas. This is where mindfulness practice is introduced along with some exercises a trader can do to enhance his or her emotional capacities. This part also teaches how to defuse from the unnecessary thoughts and emotions and how to accept them without engaging in unproductive fights.
The third part presents the
Practices & Exercises
Trade Mindfully is not just a book for reading and learning how to deal with your emotions in trading, this book is also a practical guide to train the necessary skills and to achieve your goals, step by step. Throughout the book, you will be encountering special exercises that have to be completed during various phases of your trading process. Some exercises can be completed in minutes, some will take you months as they involve
Additionally, you will find some practical exercises to train your mindfulness, emotion defusion, and acceptance skills. These exercises are to be done on a regular basis and take about 10–30 minutes per day. The author’s idea is that once you read the book, you do not stop at that point thinking that you have become a disciplined, emotionally stable trader — you continue practicing during your whole career as a trader. And this book serves well as a
Mindfulness and other
Why Read It?
I would recommend reading Trade Mindfully if:
I have found three major disadvantages with this book:
All that being said, I still recommend getting Trade Mindfully somewhere and reading it. It will not take too much of your time (until you start doing all the exercises of course), but it has a potential for becoming a pivotal book in your career as a trader, especially if you know that some psychological obstacles are keeping you aback.
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