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Market Mind Games

A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading, and Risk
Written by: Denise Shull
Narrated by: Donna Postel
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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Publisher's Summary

What if the mystery of market crashes stems from a simple but total misunderstanding of our own minds? Could everything we think we know about ourselves - intelligence and rationality versus emotion and irrationality - be wildly off the mark? Simply put: yes.

With these words, Denise Shull introduces her radical - and supremely rational - approach to risk. Her vision stems from the indisputable fact that human beings can't make any decision at all without emotion and that emotion gets the first - and last - word when it comes to our perceptions and judgments.

Shull should know. She started out managing major accounts for IBM and then chose to research unconscious emotional patterns instead of getting her MBA. Next she became a trader and trading desk manager while continuing to study biopsychology.

We are all taught that sidelining our emotions is the best way to make good decisions - Shull declares the converse: Emotions inform us. Attempting to control them actually increases the risks we take. Shull advocates treating feelings as data, and she convincingly argues that doing so eradicates the baffling question that repeats itself in our heads after making a poor investing decision: "What was I thinking?"

Through a series of lectures, Shull logically but engagingly connects emotions, beliefs, and context to our innate reaction to uncertainty and risk (yes, the two are different). In Market Mind Games, she merges more than 20 years of studying risk decisions into a single, astoundingly effective strategy.

A reasonable approach to emotion is the best and only way to win the investing game. The methods Shull details in Market Mind Games shake the foundation of conventional market and decision psychology. And, most important, they work.

©2012 McGraw-Hill (P)2012 McGraw-Hill Education

What the critics say

"Denise Shull wants us to get in touch with our feelings, not to beat our bare chests and utter primordial screams. Far from it - her techniques are focused on making more money." ( Financial Times)

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Psychology and Buddhism meet The Real World

The message here really resonated with me. Getting in touch with your feelings - the "negative" ones - is totally key to being able to deal with life's challenges. Hearing Denise apply it and use it with traders was great - if traders, who are stereotypically known as being "guy's guys" can work with this learning then anyone can! I like the acronym RAIN for this practice - Recognize, Acknowledge, Investigate and Nurture. When you're not performing as you'd like follow this practice to feel your feelings and allow them to be. Learn to love them - they aren't the enemy, stuffing them down is! Thanks Denise Shull! #Audible1

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way too wordy....waste of time

way too wordy....waste of time. need to be more concise and get to the point.

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  • Tom Maslowski
  • 2017-06-03

Not very practical

I was hoping this book would be more practical. it's not, and therefore I'm disappointed. This book is too academic, and the author tries to convince the reader of her ideas. I did not need to be convinced, I recognized the value in many of her ideas after watching her on YouTube.

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  • Aaron
  • 2018-02-21

Decent content, horrible reading!!

The book was good at discussing and illustrating some of the psychology of trading. The reader droned on and on like a computer! I wanted the content so I suffered through, but did not make for an enjoyable listen. Had there been a good narrator I would have given it between 4 and 5 stars. The reader gets a 0!!!

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  • Juan
  • 2018-08-12

Horrible robotic reading

Its painful listening to this book, i would return it but its not possible, i would rather read it, its like those robotic voices on youtube.

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  • DBO
  • 2018-07-04

Reader sounds like a robot...

The reading is so bad that I couldn't get through chapter 1. Try a different reading of you must.

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  • andmif
  • 2016-05-12

extremely bad reading.

the content of the book is interesting, but the reading quality is bad. this sounds like computer reading transcript. hence 3 stars for performance.

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  • JV
  • 2019-04-03

Wonderful!

with +20 yrs trading experince I can say that this is one of best books any trader can read/listen. Especially liked the part on fractal psychology...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-22

Excellent!!!!! Fun and new!!

Learn a new way of thinking..a new way to view the market. Great Great!!

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  • Gregory
  • 2019-01-15

read thru chapter 17

read through the guy screwing up his accounts. after that it's character development and nothing to do with what you're looking for

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  • MDKaminski
  • 2019-01-08

Must Read If You Trade

I enjoyed the content but struggled with the narrator. She spoke like a robot and at a slower than normal pace. I actually bought the physical book so I can read it properly and enjoy it more.

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  • Ben Bush
  • 2019-01-07

Great book, provides unique insight

Well laid out with in depth explanations about deeper psychological issues traders get themselves into