Based on the assumption that we are generally more calm dealing with virtual money (i.e. paper trading) than with real money, I came up with the following idea. As I haven't placed a single trade for nearly a month now, I still observe the ES for a potential entry opportunity. So far nothing has emerged according to my entry criteria, so I occasionally opened up my demo account to put in a few orders that would automatically execute should the price break past certain zones. What I noticed is a difference in myself. I am calmer, let's call it indifference. I do not care whether the trade works out or not. I do not care if I get stopped out after having seen some unrealized profits evaporate. And if a trade works out, I would proceed with the next trade just like that, without fear of losing my previous gains. Let's take it one step further. What if we routinely open the paper account first, analyze the situation objectively, and place our orders in the demo before we actually proceed to the real account and mirror the same orders in it. Would we be more objective in our decisions, and would we avoid the harmful trades done on the real account? We regard the demo account as the greenroom for our trading on real stage. When all is approved and well-prepared, we proceed to mirror the order in real. This might not be suitable for high-speed intuitive trading. I'm speaking from a position trader's or swing trader's point of view.