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How to Overcome Your Fears in Trading?

Fear Of The Unknown in Trading

The most common fear is the fear of the unknown, where uncertainty and lack of knowledge of the forces at play can lead to a feeling of gambling away one’s money.

This fear can be overcome by expanding one’s knowledge about trading by taking a course or reading relevant books.

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The most common reaction in a fear situation is the attitude of, “I can’t!”

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Your self-image, the way you see yourself and think about yourself, is eventually altered by feeding your mind these positive mental pictures of yourself performing at your best.

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