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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 1st edition (June 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007135994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071359948
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,043,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Powerful Psychological Techniques for Traders to Master Their Thoughts and Emotions, and Achieve Trading Success

The excitement, anticipation, and adrenaline rush of online trading and investing, along with the hard-won money traders risk with every keystroke, make it a minefield of explosive thoughts and emotions. As a trader, your ability to recognize and manage these thoughts and emotions is the pivotal difference between success and failure.

The Disciplined Online Investor is the first book to unveil how you can understand, and surmount, the psychological pressures of electronic trading. Drawing on his years of successful online trading experience, Dr. Steven Hendlin discusses:

Practical tools for confronting and controlling your desire for wealth and fear of failure Specific techniques to gain self-insight, self-determination, and self-reliance in trading Split-second strategies to anticipate how other traders will react to important news

Have you invested hundreds of dollars on the latest trading software and spent thousands of hours studying trading techniques and strategies, yet neglected the most basic and important trader's tool, your mind? Let The Disciplined Online Investor show you how to apply today's most relevant psychological principles to the take-no-prisoners battlefield of online trading and gain a versatile and effective edge, one that can be adapted to you and your personal trading style.

As we enter the twenty-first century, easy access to once-proprietary trading tools and technical strategies has created a virtual trading revolution. Markets regularly skyrocket, and then plummet, with seemingly little rhyme or reason. Yet in all the media hype and analysis of these phenomena, one essential trader's tool remains unchanged, and virtually ignored.

That tool is the trader's-mind, and more than rolling Level II screens, difficult-to-decipher fundamentals, and confusing technical strategies, it is the trader's-mind that moves markets. The Disciplined Online Investor is the first book to introduce and explain vital psychological concepts as they relate specifically to the fast-moving, high-risk, high-return arena of electronic trading.

The result is a powerful, innovative, and eminently useful guide to understanding the psychological forces that shape markets, equally intended for the active trader in the trenches and the serious long-term investor. Experienced clinical psychologist, and active and successful trader, Dr. Steven Hendlin provides insights and answers into the mental and emotional aspects of online trading as he divulges:

Psychological tools to balance and neutralize fear and greed Strategies for recognizing dangerous perfectionistic thinking,and transforming it into more attainable trading excellence Effective techniques to employ both active and passive forms of self-control Methods to monitor moment-to-moment awareness and to keep fantasies and negative self-talk from interfering with trading When to trade, when to hold back, and how to know the difference

More than just a simple listing of techniques and strategies, The Disciplined Online Investor is a handy reference and essential resource on the psychology and discipline of online investing. Through exercises, examples, case histories, and personal self-disclosure, Dr. Hendlin helps investors become more present-centered, expanding their self-awareness and ability to react quickly to capitalize on changing market conditions. Conversational and free of jargon, this book will change the way you perceive the trading arena, and your place in that arena, and make you a more perceptive, confident, prepared online investor.


More About the Author

Steven Hendlin, Ph.D., is a clinical and sports psychologist in Newport Beach, CA who has been in independent practice for over 32 years. He is the author of four books and hundreds of professional and popular articles, reviews, and columns.You may read some of his columns and articles at www.Hendlin.net. Dr. Hendlin is a Fellow of The American Psychological Association.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hendlin's new book is simply the best at addressing the mental and emotional aspects of trading that has yet appeared in the trading literature. He is the first to look at moment-to-moment thoughts, feelings, images, and fantasies which arise while one sits at the monitor watching quotes and executing trades. I found much of value in his analysis of such topics as balancing fear and greed; not getting caught in perfectionistic thinking; learning the yielding method of self-control; dealing with the information overload; and what the thinking of short-term traders has to offer long-term investors. In addition, Hendlin offers readers a typology of trading styles according to personality types that will be of benefit for all those who have never considered how their personality relates to their trading style. This book is easy to read, not requiring a background in psychology to make use of its concepts and tools. Hendlin offers numerous examples from his own trading experience that make the concepts come to life. His willingness to share some of his own trading mistakes and explain them in psychological terms adds to his presentation. The author might have included some graphs to help make some of his examples more obvious. This book is not for those who are looking for a primer of trading systems,or technical or fundamental stock analysis. Nor is it aimed at those seeking simple answers to difficult questions. But it will defintely make you re-think some of your basic assumptions about the trading game.I now have a greater appreciation for the complicated and vital role of the mental side of trading. The book jacket maintains this is a "one-of-a-kind" book in the investing world. What I initially thought had to be hyperbole ended up being accurate.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Rasmussen on September 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Hendlin's book should be found on every serious investor's bookcase. The increased volatility in today's markets demands a psychological reference targeted specifically to investors. The "Fear and Greed Trilogy" section of the book provides an excellent framework for understanding emotions and actions during dramatic market movements, both up and down. Investors will find that this book hits home!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book after reading about him on a website. I feel that his advice was interesting for the novice investor. However for experienced traders, i think that the advice here is redundant.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a compulsive person's dream. To have a psychologist tell them its OK; That they can master their compulsive behavior and still get to dive in head first into the substance of their choice, trading. Definitely marketed toward novice day traders who have so much to risk. I was disappointed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr.Hendlin's new book on the psychology of online trading hit the spot with me.It was just what I was looking for. He offers relevant and useful psychological concepts to help both short-term traders and long-term investors deal with the strong emotions and wild thoughts that are part of the online trading experience. The book is written in a smooth conversational tone that makes digesting the ideas presented easy even for those with little psychology background. Hendlin does an excellent job of presenting a fair and balanced view of such issues as: dealing with fear and greed; feeling in control of emotions; how to create a home trading environment that is optimal for trading; and how not to get caught in trying to be a perfectionistic trader. What I really liked about this book is that the author does an admirable job of addressing the most important issues for both short-term active traders as well as long-term investors. Hendlin made me more aware of how fantasies and inner chatter affect my trading. He offers numerous exercises for readers to help them become more aware of themselves while trading. This is the first book on the psychology of trading that I didn't put down because it was boring or because if offered only obvious platitudes by traders with no real background in psychology. This guy definitely knows what he is talking about. I would have liked the author to share more of how Eastern thinking relates to trading--a topic he teases us with but to which he only devotes the final chapter.
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