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How to control emotions in Forex trading

Discussion in 'Forex Discussions' started by painofhell, Oct 18, 2016 at 4:49 PM.

  1. painofhell

    painofhell Content Contributor

    Jun 24, 2015
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    Emotions in Forex trading generate uncertainty that gradually grows into fear and mood of panic. Yielding to the effects of momentary impulses, the trader undertakes a series of unreasoned actions that manifest in the following:

    • Opening of unreasonable transactions;
    • Premature fixation of profit;
    • Dragging of stop losses;
    • Non-compliance with money management
    The consequences of such behavior are manifest in the loss of a deposit due to erroneous management of trading process caused not by the absence of knowledge and skills but rather by the inability to control himself.

    It is possible to learn emotions management in Forex trading only when you understand the nature of their occurrence. Several factors that force a person to yield to uncontrolled impulses can be singled out.

    1. The absence of final satisfaction - chemical reactions that occur in the body after discharge of adrenaline produce narcotic influence that can not satisfy.
    2. Addiction - continuous yielding to the influence accompanied by the discharge of dopamine into blood, a person becomes addicted to this condition.
    3. Tolerance - the organism, in due course, gets used to the level of discharged chemical substances and needs larger doses, more and more often producing emotions when Forex trading and yielding to this condition down to the ground.

    The indicated reasons completely coincide with the criteria defining drug addiction. Discharge of dopamine that is considered as the standard of satisfaction leads to addiction and requires continuous increase of a dose. That is the mode of operation of drugs, alcohol, and nicotine.

    The first theoretical rule associated with the control over the condition gives insistent recommendations to stop deifying impulses. Dependence on feelings and following continual cravings lead to the loss of the ability to control the situation. A person becomes similar to an animal and begins to act instinctively. The second theoretical rule recommends to develop the awareness that helps control emotions in Forex and in life.

    The main recommendation on the theoretical level are the following:
    • Recognize the occurrence of the condition that results in momentary impulses;
    • Take responsibility for your actions;
    • Deprive the current condition of individuality.

    Predominantly, the occurrence of such negative condition was caused by fear that appears in case of a threat of negative consequences associated with the loss of funds in the course of trading. Initially, you should realize how adequate the feelings that appeared are. Assess the current situation and answer the question what the global consequences will be. If there are no fatal threats, there is no sense in be nervous and in taking inconsiderate actions.

    The main reason of this disruptive reaction is based on the overestimation of the negative effect. Experiences that occur in the course of trading result in the feeling of discomfort that is gradually accumulated and leads to a breakdown.

    Practical tips that help understand how to manage emotions in Forex come to the following:

    • development of will power;
    • taking actions that are opposite to the desires to which emotions lead them;
    • acceptance of reality as such;
    • practicing of meditation.

    In fact, the trader, in a real situation, when trading on the foreign currency market should operate using the following scheme:

    1. Realize the occurrence of the condition caused by the pressure of feelings and understand the necessity of taking emergency measures.
    2. Relaxation - do breathing exercises and understand the irrationality of actions taken in such condition. Make a sober assessment of the situation and classify the condition: fear, anger, panic, feeling of personal importance.
    3. Take opposite actions - deny yourself an opening of a transaction, leave a stop loss at a previously set level, keep the position in case you want to close it due to fear.
    4. Chase away negative thoughts and never come back to those feelings. Turn on nice music and tune up to positive mood.


    Discipline helps to control emotions Forex trading once and for all, it strengthens a person and does not allow him/her to take inconsiderate actions. Mark the trading goal: maximum number of profitable transactions. It is necessary to strive not for a dose of adrenaline but rather to become satisfied with the profit received from each open position. Be methodical, and carry on all the principles of trading strategy consistently.

    Attention! Only that trader who is able to control himself will have a chance to operate his trading terminal on the following day. Do you want to continue your favorite activity tomorrow?

    Limit risks and skillfully manage your capital. The desire to violate money management is caused by greed or ambition to regain the funds lost previously. Understand the hopelessness of such behavior strategy. An individual trader can not manage price movement, he only finds regular patterns and gains from that. If you don't control processes on the market, is it worth it to take high risk?

    Get rid of personal pride that appears after a series of successful transactions. Excessive confidence leads to the loss of sense of reality and impulses that occur reduce the previous attempts to zero. It is possible to realize how to control emotions in Forex trading by way of treating profitable and unprofitable transactions with equal indifference. Just imagine that you drive nails. You will not be so tragic about it if only 8 out of 10 nails enter a plank straight, and the two remaining bend. If your strategy is profitable in 80% of cases, will you make a tragedy if two nails bend? Just keep on carrying out work, don't exaggerate the significance of positive and negative events.
  2. AlanHurst

    AlanHurst New Member

    Nov 19, 2015
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    In my view, it’s through regular practice and working within certain strategy is what will help us with control, if we are not able to do that then we will have obvious trouble and difficulty with controlling emotions. I am fairly lucky that I trade with OctaFX broker since not only they help me with gaining the control, but they guide me as well which is through their educational setup which is very simple yet highly effective and free to use.
  3. Martha

    Martha New Member

    Feb 18, 2016
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    Emotions would force you to make decisions but you will have to change decisions again and again just because of emotions so make sure just make decisions on technical bases or on fundamental or news basis because we have to avoid emotional decisions.

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