A common assumption is that a trader needs to be operating with a calm mind and relaxed body in order to trade with maximum focus and ensure peak performance.
Generally, I agree with this idea. Relaxation and positive affirmations have been some of the main tools I've recommended when asked for assistance with mindset and psych issues. And for years they have been a key part of my plan - relaxation and calming sessions prior to trading, along with breathing and relaxation routines during session and a recovery routine for when it all hits the fan and I need time out.
Now I'm no psychologist, but I'm not sure that this is always the best way to achieve peak performance.
Quite possibly it is, for most of us, most of the time.
But from personal experience I know that there are times I benefit greater from the very opposite of a calm, peaceful and relaxed trader - what I call trading angry.
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It's an interesting article, certainly a little different from the normal trading psychobabble you hear and read about.
I tend to agree with Lance's summary.
Common advice is not always the best advice.Sometimes anger can be used as a great motivator and a tool for focused engagement.
At times have YOU ever benefited greater from the very opposite of a calm, peaceful and relaxed trader - and traded angry ?