My biggest obstacle to successful trading seems to be controlling my emotions. When I put on a swing trade, I get obsessive about it. I check the price every few minutes and if I'm not near a computer, I phone in to check the price every hour or so. If I'm up, I'm happy. If I'm down, I'm depressed. My whole day revolves around what my stocks are doing. I don't enjoy feeling controlled by the swings of the stocks I'm in. I just want to put on the trade and forget about it (with stop in place, of course). But I feel I have a better chance of winning the lotto than I do of becoming detatched from trading. Also, I find myself putting on trades that don't meet all my criteria, because I don't want to sit back and watch a stock take off that I didn't get in just because it only met four of my five critieria. I am good at cutting my loses so I never take a big hit, but I keep chipping away at my account, especially because of commissions and my small capital base. My question is two-fold: Is this something that can be overcome or should I put a fork in it and accept the fact that I am too emotionally wacked for stock trading. and Has anyone else had similar issues and overcome them? What worked for you to overcome them?