CHAPTER 15

CBT for Traders

Is it possible to actually treat neuroticism? As a physician and psychiatrist, I can tell you that, although we cannot change your personality much, high neuroticism (N) is very much indeed treatable. Sound like a contradiction? Let me try to be more clear. You cannot lower your innate propensity very much, but you can lower your emotional reactivity using various methods. It’s kind of like telling a short-statured adult, “I can’t make you grow any taller, but if you wear elevator shoes it will be almost the same thing, and you will be able to do things that tall people do.” So we’re talking more about temporary adaptation and accommodation, not permanent change.

A 1998 study by Knutson et al. in the American Journal ...

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