trading psychology & discipline: Syndrome X

This section describes “Syndrome X,” the symptoms of which are common among aspiring traders and are made much worse by Aversive Conditioning & Random Rewards. If you have been trading for several years and you feel as though you have become your own worst enemy, this may the most important section of this website for you.


Successful trading requires the ability to execute your Trading Plan in a methodical manner. Pilots are among the best traders because they respect rules and don’t make procedural errors. Neither do they make up new rules or destinations on the fly.

If you have difficulty formulating or consistently following your own trading rules, even when you want to, you may have the symptoms of a condition I call Syndrome X. It impairs the ability of an individual to organize, plan and execute those plans, particularly when under stress. In this state, we become our own worst enemy.

I specialize in helping traders with Syndrome X optimize their own mental functioning to compete successfully.Syndrome X looks different in adults than it does in children and runs on a continuum from mild to severe, so you can have it and not know it. (I did.)

The Risk Profile on this website is specifically designed to help traders identify the symptoms of Syndrome X. If you want to know more about this condition, please be sure to request the profile. It is free.

For men in particular, the symptoms of Syndrome X often get worse after the age of 40, as testosterone levels naturally decline.


Contact me to schedule a FREE 15-Min. CONSULTATION or click here to sign up now.To trade successfully, you need to reduce the symptoms of Syndrome X to minimal levels. My Free Risk Profile is one way to evaluate your susceptibility to fear. My trader coaching program is focused on reducing fear so you can trade rationally.

If you take no other action today my friend, be sure you order my Positive (+) Neuroprogramming MP3 TRAINING A WINNING MINDSET. Nothing is more important than becoming proactive about your mental-emotional state while trading. It could save you thousands!

Kenneth Reid, Ph.D