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Preface xiii Acknowledgments xvii Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Change: The Process and the Practice 3 Lesson 1: Draw on Emotion to Become a Change Agent 4 Lesson 2: Psychological Visibility and Your Relationship with Your Trading Coach 7 Lesson 3: Make Friends with Your Weakness 9 Lesson 4: Change Your Environment, Change Yourself 11 Lesson 5: Transform Emotion by Trace-Formation 14 Lesson 6: Find the Right Mirrors 17 Lesson 7: Change Our Focus 20 Lesson 8: Create Scripts for Life Change 23 Lesson 9: How to Build Your Self-Confidence 25 Lesson 10: Five Best Practices for Effecting and Sustaining Change 29 Resources 32 Chapter 2 Stress and Distress: Creative Coping for Traders 33 Lesson 11: Understanding Stress 33 Lesson 12: Antidotes for Toxic Trading Assumptions 37 Lesson 13: What Causes the Distress That Interferes with Trading Decisions? 40 Lesson 14: Keep a Psychological Journal 43 Lesson 15: Pressing: When You Try Too Hard to Make Money 45 Lesson 16: When You're Ready to Hang It Up 48 Lesson 17: What to Do When Fear Takes Over 51 Lesson 18: Performance Anxiety: The Most Common Trading Problem 54 Lesson 19: Square Pegs and Round Holes 58 Lesson 20: Volatility of Markets and Volatility of Mood 61 Resources 64 Chapter 3 Psychological Well-Being: Enhancing Trading Experience 67 Lesson 21: The Importance of Feeling Good 67 Lesson 22: Build Your Happiness 71 Lesson 23: Get into the Zone 73 Lesson 24: Trade with Energy 77 Lesson 25: Intention and Greatness: Exercise the Brain through Play 79 Lesson 26: Cultivate the Quiet Mind 83 Lesson 27: Build Emotional Resilience 86 Lesson 28: Integrity and Doing the Right Thing 89 Lesson 29: Maximize Confidence and Stay with Your Trades 91 Lesson 30: Coping-Turn Stress into Well-Being 95 Resources 97 Chapter 4 Steps toward Self-Improvement: The Coaching Process 99 Lesson 31: Self-Monitor by Keeping a Trading Journal 99 Lesson 32: Recognize Your Patterns 103 Lesson 33: Establish Costs and Benefits to Patterns 106 Lesson 34: Set Effective Goals 109 Lesson 35: Build on Your Best: Maintain a Solution Focus 111 Lesson 36: Disrupt Old Problem Patterns 114 Lesson 37: Build Your Consistency by Becoming Rule-Governed 118 Lesson 38: Relapse and Repetition 121 Lesson 39: Create a Safe Environment for Change 123 Lesson 40: Use Imagery to Advance the Change Process 126 Resources 130 Chapter 5 Breaking Old Patterns: Psychodynamic Frameworks for Self-Coaching 131 Lesson 41: Psychodynamics: Escape the Gravity of Past Relationships 132 Lesson 42: Crystallize Our Repetitive Patterns 135 Lesson 43: Challenge Our Defenses 138 Lesson 44: Once Again, with Feeling: Get Distance from Your Problem Patterns 141 Lesson 45: Make the Most Out of Your Coaching Relationship 144 Lesson 46: Find Positive Trading Relationships 147 Lesson 47: Tolerate Discomfort 150 Lesson 48: Master Transference 153 Lesson 49: The Power of Discrepancy 156 Lesson 50: Working Through 158 Resources 161 Chapter 6 Remapping the Mind: Cognitive Approaches to Self-Coaching 163 Lesson 51: Schemas of the Mind 164 Lesson 52: Use Feeling to Understand Your Thinking 167 Lesson 53: Learn from Your Worst Trades 170 Lesson 54: Use a Journal to Restructure Our Thinking 172 Lesson 55: Disrupt Negative Thought Patterns 176 Lesson 56: Reframe Negative Thought Patterns 179 Lesson 57: Use Intensive Guided Imagery to Change Thought Patterns 182 Lesson 58: Challenge Negative Thought Patterns with the Cognitive Journal 185 Lesson 59: Conduct Cognitive Experiments to Create Change 188 Lesson 60: Build Positive Thinking 190 Resources 193 Chapter 7 Learning New Action Patterns: Behavioral Approaches to Self-Coaching 195 Lesson 61: Understand Your Contingencies 196 Lesson 62: Identify Subtle Contingencies 199 Lesson 63: Harness the Power of Social Learning 201 Lesson 64: Shape Your Trading Behaviors 204 Lesson 65: The Conditioning of Markets 207 Lesson 66: The Power of Incompatibility 211 Lesson 67: Build on Positive Associations 214 Lesson 68: Exposure: A Powerful and Flexible Behavioral Method 217 Lesson 69: Extend Exposure Work to Build Skills 220 Lesson 70: A Behavioral Framework for Dealing with Worry 223 Resources 226 Chapter 8 Coaching Your Trading Business 227 Lesson 71: The Importance of Startup Capital 227 Lesson 72: Plan Your Trading Business 231 Lesson 73: Diversify Your Trading Business 233 Lesson 74: Track Your Trading Results 236 Lesson 75: Advanced Scorekeeping for Your Trading Business 240 Lesson 76: Track the Correlations of Your Returns 244 Lesson 77: Calibrate Your Risk and Reward 248 Lesson 78: The Importance of Execution in Trading 250 Lesson 79: Think in Themes-Generating Good Trading Ideas 254 Lesson 80: Manage the Trade 257 Resources 259 Chapter 9 Lessons from Trading Professionals: Resources and Perspectives on Self-Coaching 261 Lesson 81: Leverage Core Competencies and Cultivate Creativity 261 Lesson 82: I Alone Am Responsible 264 Lesson 83: Cultivate Self-Awareness 271 Lesson 84: Mentor Yourself for Success 275 Lesson 85: Keep Detailed Records 279 Lesson 86: Learn to Be Fallible 283 Lesson 87: The Power of Research 286 Lesson 88: Attitudes and Goals, the Building Blocks of Success 290 Lesson 89: A View from the Trading Firms 295 Lesson 90: Use Data to Improve Trading Performance 300 Resources 305 Chapter 10 Looking for the Edge: Finding Historical Patterns in Markets 307 Lesson 91: Use Historical Patterns in Trading 308 Lesson 92: Frame Good Hypotheses with the Right Data 310 Lesson 93: Excel Basics 313 Lesson 94: Visualize Your Data 317 Lesson 95: Create Your Independent and Dependent Variables 320 Lesson 96: Conduct Your Historical Investigations 324 Lesson 97: Code the Data 327 Lesson 98: Examine Context 329 Lesson 99: Filter Data 332 Lesson 100: Make Use of Your Findings 334 Resources 336 Conclusion 339 Lesson 101: Find Your Path 339 For More on Self-Coaching 341 About the Author 343 Index 345

About the Author

BRETT N. STEENBARGER, PHD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. An active trader and author of the popular TraderFeed blog, Steenbarger coaches traders in hedge funds, proprietary trading groups, and investment bank settings. He is also the author of the Wiley titles Enhancing Trader Performance and The Psychology of Trading. Steenbarger received a BS from Duke University and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas.

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