Dr. Alden Cass
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"The industry is now accepting the fact that psychology and business do coexist"
Dr. Alden M. Cass
Competitive Streak Consulting
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Private, Executive coaching for brokers, traders and investment bankers
Dr. Cass’ Therapy practice
Read Dr. Cass´ column on The Street
Open Book: Think Like a Bull, Avoid Disaster
Recently, thousands of financial service workers and investors experienced shell shock as Bear Stearns crumbled...
A Three-Point Checklist for Winning the Rat Race
When pursuing your goals, follow this mental checklist.
Your Early Midlife Crisis
Why are more men in their 20s and 30s feeling disillusioned and misdirected?
In God (or the Fed) We Trust
In times of panic in the financial markets, it is human nature to turn to a higher power for help.
Do You Have an Unconscious Fear of Success?
Traders, athletes and entertainers often sabotage their success for fear of what to do next.
Bad Trading Day? Pick Yourself Up and Move On
The best of us, from pro athletes to top hedge fund managers, must learn to shake off inevitable defeat.
Luck, Rituals and the Successful Trader
If a routine helps you concentrate, it's useful.
Stick to Your Guns
When taking risks, don't hamstring yourself with second-guesses.
Markets and Mood Swings
A reader asks how best to let workday emotions go at the end of the day.
The Pursuit of Happiness
If you can't appreciate life's gifts, all the money in the world will never make you happy.
Trust Your Instincts
When a trade or investment goes bad the mind's natural reaction is to create thoughts that trigger fear and worry.
Motivational Catalysts for the Trader
A long week of bad trading days can make you feel like you've gone one round with Mike Tyson in a back alley.
Facing Fastball Pressure
I needed to find a way to reclaim my mental edge.
Bullish Thinking Cap
"Bullish thinking" is the ability to see the sun through the clouds.
Breaking Out of a Mental Slump
Even the best investors can be crippled by irrational expectations of their performances on each trade.
The Narcissist Investor
narcissistic, overconfident, self-centered [...] are these traits all necessarily detrimental?
More Sunlight, Higher Returns
It is a well-documented fact that sunlight can have a mood-elevating impact on the human brain.
Don't Trade with your Wallet
Sit on Your Wallet, Count Returns Later. Trading in our markets is not for the faint of heart nor the weak of stomach.
Don't Aim, Just throw the ball
Clear the noise in your head before you start work each day.
Stocks, Emotions Don't Mix
As Gordon Gekko says: "Never get emotional about stocks because it clouds judgment."
Healthy Mind, Healthy Profits
There are a variety of negative outcomes that can surface when your expectations for absolute success on a given trade, investment or relationship are not met with reality.
Coming to Your Trading Emotional Rescue
...practical solutions for remaining emotionally disciplined and objective in short- and long-term investment strategies
Read the Dr. Cass - GQ Interview
Dr. Cass is an advisory board member of FM World Charities: promoting public health and improving the quality of life in underserved communities throughout the world.
Take the Competitive Streak Consulting Survey on ADHD and Substance Abuse
Find out if ADHD is affecting your productivity at work.
Read Dr. Cass´ articles in Trader magazine
Wall Street Wives’ Club
This group was formed to empower and serve the needs of wives and girlfriends whose husbands or significant others work in the stressful and volatile brokerage community.
Just like the miracle Mets of '86: You Just Gotta Believe!
Anxiety is normal for any trader when big decisions need to be made without sufficient data points.
To Live and Trade as a Responsible Narcissist
Why being an ego-maniacal, selfish, totally demanding trader is not necessarily a bad thing.
The Fear Factor
Advice to a Trader Paralyzed by Fear
Ask the Doctor
Trading Psychology & Strategies.
Avoiding the Starter Divorce
Advice for a lonely trader who´s set unrealistic standards based more on bra size than brain size.
Trust your Instincts
Make money the old fashioned way: listen to your gut.
I ain´t calling her a gold digger
Advice for a trader who´s smarting from an expensive vacation with an unappreciative girlfriend.
Read Dr. Cass articles
The Psychology of Success
Example of a bullish thinking log.