previously in life i had an experience such as this and now i am touching on it again in the understanding of fear and the direct affect it has on ones trading about 5 years ago i lost everything that i had built myself up on... everything that validated my existence, car, place to live, friends, g/f... everything and actually spent some time in jail. this was in incredible experience for me as i realized after being stripped of all my possessions i was able to actually focus on myself and what was really important. there isn't much left to fear when you're worse fears become your reality. have any of you 'lost it all' and totally broke down to realize that all you had built your life on was meaningless? and if so how did it affect your perception of loss and your performance as a trader?