Brain Coherance and Trading
Over the last 10 years neuro scientists are unearthing many a valuable discovery on the workings of the mind. The knowledge, when applied correctly, can help you immensely to improve your trading. The importance of brain coherence to all our activities is a very recent discovery.
Let’s look at what brain coherence is all about:
Brain coherence simply means that all parts of your brain are functioning in unison with each other. No part of the brain is favoured over the other and all parts “know their job” springing into action for the task they are designed for instead of acting when they are not supposed to.
Trading issues arise when for whatever reason brain cohesion is not present. I would go as far as to say that all trading fears are caused by a lack of brain cohesion.
The root cause for the malfunctioning of the brain is manifold, ranging from early life trauma to shock resulting from sudden loss, or other life transforming events. The mind needs time to process and adjust and while this is going on your trading can seriously suffer.
Yet there is another reason why our brains lack cohesion:
This reason is to do with the way we have been conditioned to operate in daily life. In the “age of reason” great emphasis is placed on the logical mind. Consequently most of us are favoring one side of the brain, the logical right side, over the other part of the brain, the intuitive creative side.
This results in traders refining and tweaking their trading systems over and over again in the hope of achieving better trading results, often to no avail. The approach seems perfectly reasonable to the “logical” part of the brain, alas the trouble is you are only using one part of your brain, a part that is not necessarily equipped to help you perform at your best.
Peak performance states are always states of harmony. Harmony is experienced when the logical, critical part of the brain gives way to the natural flow of intuitive “knowing”, bringing out in you the master performance that does not require you to “carefully” think over every step before you take it.
Particularly in intra day trading getting into a natural “flow state” is vital. If you don’t you will sooner or later burn out from overwhelm, since your brain is working way too hard keeping all the cocks of the wheel running in a conscious, laboured effort to perform well.
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