No matter what you have been reported, the brain/mind that you induced to trading will not bring you success in trading. It will clasp you into failure. For the progress you are seeking, you will have to patch the brain/mind you bring to trading toward the will of your endurance brain. And that, if you are triggered, can be done! The brain is built for short term endurance and needs to feel like it’s in direction (which it is not while trading). And it is freaked out by the anxiety, risk, and speed of day trading. You undergo this as fear or push in your trading that takes over logical thinking in moments of pressure. This will not improve with experience, trying harder, or trying to use command. Your brain has to be retrained.
Here is the problem though. The more data that you give your brain that its old ideas are wrong, the stronger it will stick to the old beliefs and resist adopting new empowering ideas. This is called cognitive discrepancy and is based on fundamental limbic learning. This is the conflict between your antique survival-motivated sensitive brain and your original thinking brain. Fortunately, if you can get your mind unstuck, your emotional brain can be formed to engage uncertainty, risk, and speed from a case, disciplined response rather than the reactive answer so familiar among traders. This is the very break that has to be connected for you to acquire the mind that trades well. And it can be done. You can determine how to retrain the sensitive brain so that it is emotionally disciplined when you face the risk and speed of trading. All that trading knowledge is worthless until you master the effects of trading. This is the door to victory that few open.
Sensitive Learning Is Complex from Rational Learning
We prefer to think that we can make sufficient change happen by applying logic and reason to our queries. And when we have the logic power, then adoption will happen because you think that your intensest beliefs can be modified by reason. This seems correct, but it does not work this way. As an example, take the thought of “anything can happen at any time” or “no one trade matters – keep practicing your edge, and it will work out.” This thought makes sense to you. It seems right until you try to apply it in real-time, with money at risk, while you are performing trading choices. The logic of ideas breaks down in the face of the dominant underlying emotional ideas that drive the mind to work in favour of short term survival instead of long term gain. Opinions about your capacity to manage risk become secured in place and are highly immune to change, no subject how much data to the contrary is presented to the emotional brain.
Emotional ideas are formed when the limbic brain involves the perceived threat of uncertainty. It suddenly feels exposed to the perceived danger. And it instantly finds a resolution to the problem, usually by invasion or fear, and then secures that solution into the brain’s automatic emotional answers. Now, when the brain encounters a position that generates uncertainty, it has learned a solution to trading with that threat that ignites automatically – long before the message grows to the thinking hubs of the brain. Thinking is captured, so long term thinking is not possible in this highly charged time. Instead, tried and actual limbic learning triggers for short term survival answers. Logic and reason never entered the picture. You endure this every time you plan your trade, and then during stress, you will not trade your plan as logic dictates. Instead, you fall back to fundamental beliefs that drive your behaviour under the pressure of fear and uncertainty. Logic is captured in the face of change.
The Emotional Belief initiated and took over the body and brain’s answer long before the thinking mind had a chance. Meanwhile, the trader is still trying to make the logical belief “no one trade matters” over a limbic method that “believed” it was under charge and needed to work for its very survival. When you stopped at an entry point and could not drag the trigger, you experienced the power of emotional learning, working slipshod over logical (but very shallow) beliefs. Or if you have seemed overwhelmed by a trade going against you and need to fight your move out of the situation, yielding good money after bad, you have felt the aggression that the emotional brain is able of when in survival tone.
Then, like a storm, the emotional training quietens down (after all the damage is done), and the rational brain comes back online – and you are (again) blocked by your wrong behaviour. You never saw the short-term survival preference coming. And once it left, you are left questioning – what just happened? Was that me that acted so illogically? I’ll do great next time. I’ll go over my logical and rational declarations again and practice my subjective visualizations so I’ll be prepared entirely next time. That way, my sensations will not get in the form of my need to stay logical when I trade. This is how traders delude themselves all the period.
They double down on the logical options again, and the emotional brain gets more immune to changing its survival ideas because the trader is seeking to force-feed logic and design down the emotional brain’s gorge – which only makes the moving brain cling to its survival hopes even more. This is where traders get and stay abandoned. By not discovering how emotional learning works, the trader does not have a hint about how to solve the problem they are encountering. Trying to be logical and request emotions through reason seem so right but are so wrong. So how do you work with passionate learning so that beliefs can be modified at the tier of emotional response to uncertainty rather than enduring ideas that emotions can be changed by logic?