Mastering Trading Stress: Strategies for Maximizing Performance BY Ari Kiev

Mastering Trading Stress: Strategies for Maximizing Performance BY Ari Kiev
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Mastering Trading Stress:

Strategies for Maximizing Performance

BY Ari Kiev

Wiley Trading

Adobe E-Book 224 pages March 2008

In Mastering Trading Stress, author Ari Kiev¡ªa psychiatrist who specializes in stress management and works extensively with traders¡ªoffers examples, transcripts of conversations, and personality profiles of real-life traders to illustrate how stress affects their ability to perform at their best. Drawing on his vast experience, Kiev describes a variety of practical techniques that can be used to handle destructive emotions and out-of-control feelings, including his ¡°Most Basic¡± stress busters, and tells what to do if a breakdown should occur.


Ari Kiev is a psychiatrist who specializes in organizational psychology, stress management, and performance enhancement. He is President of the Social Psychiatry Research Institute and is recognized worldwide for his pioneering work in transcultural psychiatry, suicidology, and psychopharmacology. Kiev is the author of four trading books: Trading to Win, Trading in the Zone, The Psychology of Risk, and Hedge Fund Masters. In recent years, he has developed The Trading To Win training programs for dealing with trading stress, portfolio management, risk control, and leadership as they relate to peak performance in the trading arena.


Preface. Acknowledgments.


Chapter 1: The Nature of Stress: What Is Stress and Why Is It a Problem?

The Fight-or-Flight Alarm.

Differences in Stress Responses.

Personality Factors.

The Stages of Stress.

Taking It Step-by-Step.

Chapter 2: The Emotions of Stress: What Negative Emotions Are Experienced as a Result of Stress?

Fear and Greed.





Chapter 3: The Dangers of Trading under Stress: How Do Attempts to Handle Stress Create Problems for the Trader?

Trading Despite Stress.

Avoiding the Stress.

Creating a Social Persona.

Competing to Win.

Being Indecisive.

Chapter 4: How Fear Inhibits Mastery: Can You Learn to Lessen the Central Emotion of Fear?

Responding to Fear.

Disciplining for Success.

Relinquishing the Need to Be Perfect.

Maintaining Psychological Energy.

Starting with a Clean Slate.

Chapter 5: The Consequences of Negative Emotions.

Greed and Risk Management Errors.

The Difference between Confidence and Arrogance.

Mistakes of Insecurity.

Why Not to Avoid Negative Feelings.

How Negative Emotions Lead to Impulsive Behavior.

Chapter 6: Personalities and Stress.

List Makers (Analytical Thinkers).

Intuitive Thinkers.


Are You Confident or Insecure?

Make the Most of Your Personality.

A Winning Personality.

Chapter 7: Ego and Obstinacy.

A Stubborn Nature.

Refusal to Accept Commands.

Difficulty with Management.

Chapter 8: Fear and Failure.

Afraid to Win.

Failing to Commit.

Moving Forward.

Chapter 9: Perfectionism and Paralysis.

The Problem 124

Finding a Solution 124

What about You? 128

Chapter 10: Failing to Manage Risk.

Risk Management for a Vision.

The Psychology of Risk.

The Importance of Self-Analysis.

Asking the Right Questions.

Assessing Your Attitude toward Risk.

Looking for the Positive.

Relaxation and Risk.

Taking Responsibility.

Chapter 11: Failure to Dig Deeper.

Discerning the Importance of Data Analysis.

Too Much or Not Enough?

Gathering the Information.

Reducing Stress.

Chapter 12: Failures in Shorting.

Reluctance to Short Stocks.

Stress and the Short Squeeze.

Steps of a Good Short Seller.

Chapter 13: Learning to Live with Stress.

Learning to Observe.

Creating New Life Principles.

Reframing Negative Thoughts.

Choosing an Objective.

Defining New Priorities.

Chapter 14: Exercises and Practical Applications.

The Most Basic Stress Busters.

What to Do When You Have a Breakdown.

Importance of Commitment.