Deeper Resources

These resources have shaped my own personal growth and Mind Muscles™ development.

Mind Money & Markets / Business Development / Neuroscience / Economics / Personal Growth / Relationships

Mind Money and Markets

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bustby John Coates, Random House 2012

This is by far and away the best book I have read that combines neuroscience, physiology and trading stories. It obliterates many of the myths we carry around about ourselves and our trading decisions. Here are the corrections from author John Coates.

  1. Our bodies and our brains are so interconnected, think of them as one organism.
  2. Our physiology and neurochemistry change with winning and losing trades.
  3. Our decision process is in play long before we are aware of it.
  4. Our pre-attentive processing is far more powerful than our conscious thought.
  5. Intuition is about powerful pattern recognition.
  6. Our communal and interconnected biochemistry sets us up for the boom and bust cycles.

See my blog on this book for more information.

Super Trader: Make Consistent Profits in Good and Bad Markets Van K. Tharp, McGraw Hill 2011

Combining the sharp insight and technical brilliance that have drawn legions of investors to his books and seminars, Tharp provides a holistic approach for becoming a successful full-time trader.

The Daily Trading Coach: 101 lessons for becoming your own trading psychologist  Brett N. Steenbarger, 2009 Wiley Publishing

Dr. Steenbarger covers every aspect of the transformational process that traders and investors will need to deal with. Reading the book is like walking on a field of diamonds and hearing them crunch under your boots. The major issues that most of my clients are working on are all addressed clearly along with suggested solutions.

Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude  Mark Douglas, 2000 NYIFD

For Douglas, maximizing the trader’s state of mind is the key to successful results. He teaches traders to think in terms of probabilities and to adopt the core beliefs necessary to assuming a “winner’s mindset.”

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and in Life  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2001 Texere LLC

Taleb deals with three areas of difficulty we face with our current thinking processes: the problem of induction, survivorship biases and our genetic unfitness to the modern world. Our brains want to create patterns from random events that bare no relationship to reality and Taleb clarifies this tendency. 

The Mental Strategies of Top Traders: The Psychological Determinants of Trading Success Ari Kiev, 2010 Wiley

Kiev defines the characteristics of successful traders by looking across a broad range of skill sets with case studies that provide a real-world picture of what it really takes to make it in today’s markets. 

Inside the Investor’s Brain: The Power of Mind Over Money  Richard L. Peterson, 2007 Wiley

Dr. Peterson, backed by recent research in Neurofinance explains the fundamental “hardwired” mistakes made by most investors and reveals the simple steps you can take to overcome these obstacles and improve your financial decision-making skills. 

Rescue Your Money Ric Edelman

Basic facts about the market and long term strategies for personal investing. You can’t predict the market, but you can accumulate the better priced assets while selling the overpriced assets.

MarketPsych Data 

MarketPsych Data Make money when your own Mind Muscles are in top shape and emotion is running wild in the market place. MarketPsych Data integrates the competitive advantages derived from behavioral economics into data and signals for the world’s largest investment banks, hedge funds and brokerages.

Super Trader: Make Consistent Profits in Good and Bad Markets Van K Tharp

Super Trader provides a time-tested strategy for creating the conditions that allow you to reach levels of trading success you never thought possible. Providing expert insight into both trading practices and psychology, Tharp teaches you how to steadily cut losses short and meet your investment goals through the use of position sizing strategies – the keys to steady profitability. Tharp offers concepts and tactics designed to help you.

Business Development

Action Plan Marketing 

I have been a believer in Robert Middleton for years. He works with self-employed professionals to be better marketers of their services. Through consulting and coaching, workshops, manuals, and online programs he has helped his clients learn the art of attracting more high-end clients.

NLP Marin

NLP Marin is a unique training and teaching institution offering the finest Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) training in the world. This training can be used for personal development, business training and coaching certification. Dollar for dollar it is the best money I have spent.

The Psychology of Influence Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.

Selling to the Old Brain – Patrick Renvoise and Christophe Morin

Uses clear graphics to explain how the brain operates during the sales cycle and how to communicate to the “decision” part of the brain.

The New Strategic Selling  Stephen Heiman, Diane Sanchez

Neuroscience – See Also Neuroscience News section

Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are  Sebastian Seung 2012 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Seung introduces us to the dedicated researchers who are mapping the brain’s connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. It is a monumental undertaking—the scientific equivalent of climbing Mount Everest—but if they succeed, it could reveal the basis of personality, intelligence, memory, and perhaps even mental disorders.

In sparklingly clear prose, Seung reveals the amazing technological advances that will soon help us map connectomes. Connectome is a mind-bending adventure story, told with great passion and authority. It presents a daring scientific and technological vision for at last understanding what makes us who we are. Welcome to the future of neuroscience.

The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain  Louis Cozolino 2006 W.W. Norton & Company

A narrative of how our brains develop in the context of our relationships, how that development can become disordered, and how healing interactions can trigger changes in our brains, help them grow in positive ways, and, when the conditions are right, heal suffering.

Train Your Mind Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves  Sharon Begley 2007 Ballantine Books

It is possible to change the structure of our brain by altering how we think. Breakthroughs in neuroscience and our understanding of neuroplasticity show that it is possible to reset our happiness meter and makes significant changes in our experience and behaviors.

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science  Norman Doidge, 2007 M.D. Penguin Books

This book is a series of case studies that show how our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brain, even into old age.

Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counter Intuition  Michael J. Mauboussin 2009 Harvard Business Press

What is the process by which many of us continue to make bad decisions? Mauboussin argues that the correct process for deciding well, especially with high stakes, conflicts with how our brains naturally work. This book supports the Mind Muscle process of slowing down the decision process and creating new behaviors.

Economics, Politics and Society

In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action

In Defense of Chaos examines why chaology provides ample scientific evidence that open-ended, adaptable and evolving systems work far better than closed-ended, rigid and deterministic ones. Not only do dynamic systems work better, but they foster self-determination. The nature of the physical world favors the freedom for people to self-organize and self-govern without the interference of external command and control structures.

Atlas Shrugged  Novel by Ayn Rand

 Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club. The reason for this is that it outlines very clearly the two vision of the world. One is outcome based the other is freedom based.

Personal Growth

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life  – Byron Katie 2002 Three Rivers Press

The Work: Where would you be without your story? Byron Katie asks simple questions about our beliefs that can make dramatic shifts in the emotions our thinking generates.

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your mind and Your Life  Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD.s

Drawing from more than twenty years of clinical research, Dr. Seligman outlines easy-to-follow techniques that have helped thousands of people rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts and build a life of rewards and lasting happiness.

Say What You Love Unconditionally  Mackenzie Jordan, 2003 Diamond Heart Books

Using humor and real life example, Jordan shows how to apply the concept of “Saying What You Love” in your day-to-day life to clear away anxiety and confusion, and to generate more joy, success and abundance.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life   Marshal B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Rosenberg uses stories, conversation role-lays and real-world examples to introduce four-part Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process. Far more than a communication technique, you’ll be able to transform the thinking, language, and moralistic judgments that keep you from the enriching relationships that you dream of.

Relationships and Intimacy

The Game of Thriving

Mark Michael Lewis uses a system that integrates Pleasure, Profit, and Purpose into a single framework called the Game Of Thriving, that cuts through the BS to get to the heart of what works for Happiness, Wealth, and Fulfillment. Mark partners with clients whose bottom lines are a function of their effectiveness, who are serious about making more money and having more fun doing it – entrepreneurs, sales people, service providers, etc. I have experienced his effectiveness personally.

The Somatica Method

Fullfilling sex intimacy and relationships are vital human needs and the foundation of a healthy, motivated and passionate life. Celeste Hirshman M.A. and Danielle Harel PhD., create experiences that give their clients new options for intimate relationships that feel better, are more fulfilling and get them the results they want.

The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Sexual Passion and Fulfillment  Jack Morin, Ph.D. 1995 Harper Collins

Morin offers new and unexpected opportunities for intimate partners to appreciate the depth and richness of each other – and to translate their appreciation into passionate and fulfilling sex.

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence  Esther Perel 2006 Harper Collins

Perel offers a provocative new take on intimacy and sex. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

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