Are you addicted to trading?

Discussion in 'Psychology' started by flipside21, May 5, 2012.

Are you addicted to trading?

  1. Yes

    35 vote(s)
  2. No

    27 vote(s)
  1. Is trading an addiction for you?
  2. At one point I think it was, but these days I`m actually bored with trading.

    I have bi-polar tendencies, so it may be just one those down periods I`m having lately. :)
  3. Perhaps bipolar tendencies is more the product of being a trader rather than any inherent personal qualities. I have manic-depressive tendencies myself.
  4. bat1


    I'm addicted to Porn and trading:D

    I use the Porn to help with the stress of trading..

    this could be a bad thing:confused:
  5. i think u have to be addicted if you ever really want to be good at it.
  6. I think there are two types of addictions that can draw a person to trading. The first is the obvious one, i.e. gambling, and the second is to puzzle-solving. The market is the world's most complex puzzle.
  7. I think the main question is how one deals with the addiction. Does addiction lead one to merely become a second to second balance checker, or repetitions of similar mistakes in different market conditions, or can he break from the trance and learn something.
  8. I enjoy trading, it is fun to me. It's just a big game. I am not sure how you can be addicted to a game. If your addicted you have a serious problem I would think. Learn to walk away once in a while.
  9. Lots of people are.
    I know kids who are completely addicted to those world of warcraft type games. (never played one myself).
    And my uncle is pretty much addicted to a series of primitive, basic games on his PC. Plays them for about 8 hours per day! Drives my aunt completely mad.

    I'd consider neither gambling or puzzle-solving to be my addiction, although if I had to choose, i'd lean more towards the 'puzzle-solving' element as far as trading is concerned.
    For me, it's a relentless desire to be able to unlock the key to the market so that I never have to 'work' again. I HATE work. I want to wake up when I want, trade and make decent money, and then actually enjoy life. In that respect, trading almost entirely consumes my thoughts.
  10. I'd say "puzzle-solving" can encompass the kind of "code-cracking" you're talking about. I don't hate work, I hate working for other people. None of their problems interest me. Although, I will say that I do have "a" key to the markets and I work all the time. In fact, I have to get up at 4AM to start watching the Euro, then start watching for trades on the ES at 6AM and can get a valid signal all the way up to 6PM, with the exception of between 8-9AM and 12-1PM, and some trades can end up being held overnight, so I put in at least a 12-hour day every weekday except Friday. I wish the "key" I'd gotten gave me better hours, but beggars can't be choosers. :)
    #10     May 5, 2012