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For me, Lance's concept of 'trapped traders' sounds like an intuitive explanation of the way the market will move after interaction at support or resistance - or in one of the supply or demand zones that are discussed on this thread, I assume.

However though the trapped traders concept feels intuitive when reading about it, I find it really hard to learn and practice. I guess it's the paradigm shift I'm having trouble with: too frequently I end up looking at the setups in a purely technical way (candle patterns, trend strength etc) and I forget to analyse whether there might be trapped traders in there or not.

I am though training myself and currently I ask myself this question when looking at a potential setup:

What are the retail traders doing - in other words, people like me up to this point in my trading?

- those in drawdown who got the last setup wrong and want to exit at break-even

- those who are in profit at the last setup and should have exited at that price and thus want to exit there at the next opportunity

- those who missed the opportunity completely and want a second chance to enter, on the retrace

A better description of the concept would probably be easier for someone with more experience.

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