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I like your breakdown.Also, i purchased the "chimp" book.Im just a couple of chapters in,and there were some things noteworthy.

I like the way the chimp/human is explained.I actually looked up the poor fella who took a pole to the brain,watched a video on it.Very interesting!Basically, the pole took out the "human" part of his brain,and he actually lived.However, he was left with only the "chimp" part of his brain intact.He was a thoughtful, kind ,well spoken chap before the accident.After it,with the chimp in the drivers seat 100%, he became a nasty, foul mouthed jerk....full time.

indecision leads to anxiety....we all know the feeling.Not being decisive, hesitating,and watching a nice trade work...without me.I would rather be decisive and take a correct stop vs hesitating and missing a trade.This can be addressed by having a simple but specific trading/risk plan.

I totally relate to the paragraphs that speak about our chimp gaining total control,and finding myself in a predicament...only to wonder later wtf happened? What was i thinking?The chimp is all emotion

It occurred to me ,perhaps, there are 3 chimps in my brain.

This week i found myself looking inward,trying to calm the chimp(s),and when tense feelings arise, trying to just relax.Also, thinking about how to placate the chimp, so that the human side can chime in here and there...a work in progress to say the least.

Luckily,the the chimp likes exercise!
Bob...happy new year

Im still reading it trying to work through everything as it comes but what has helped me is to look at everything I do whether that be driving or walking my dog or working on house hold items etc, from both sides especially with tasks that the chimp is known to come out. I am by nature a very aggressive and territorial person but this book has helped so much... when you cut me off on the road I no longer want to beat your ass its turned into "well maybe they didn't see me or maybe they are in a rush" .Since I've started reading this we've had a handful of family arguments and disagreements, this book has helped make sure no bridges are burned and that I see things from other's point of view. Even friends and family members have begun to notice a change and that always feels good when your working on improving your self!

I'll probably end up reading it again once I've worked my self through all the steps and see what I can improve.

Have a good new year!


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