Exploring Personality Types

Trader Personality Types

In determining your personality type, you’re going to examine four aspects of all personalities.  These aspects are labeled Energy, Decisions, Attention, and Lifestyle


Energy Decisions Attention Lifestyle
Introversion (I) Intuition (N) Thinking (T) Judging (J)
Extroversion (E) Sensation (S) Feeling (F) Perceiving (P)


Introverts find energy in the inner world of ideas, concepts and abstractions.  They want to understand the “whys” of the markets; they concentrate and tend to be reflective thinkers.  Introverts want to develop systems that integrate or connect the information that they learn about the markets and use this information to make more informed decisions


Extroverts find energy in things and people.  They prefer interaction with others, and tend to be action-oriented.  Learning about the markets will be best accomplished in groups or talking with others.  They also tend to think on their feet and talk more than listen.


Extrovert Introvert
Strengths Weaknesses Strengths Weaknesses
Energetic Excitable Introspective Over-Analyzes
Trades well in a group Not good on own Informed Decisions Hesitates to make decisions
Not afraid to act Takes too much advice Wants to understand Doesn’t work well with others
Think on their feet Overtrades Thorough



Intuitive traders seek out patterns and relationships among the facts they have gathered.  The trust hunches, or “gut feelings” when researching the markets.  Chances are, they like using charts as indicators and as such spend a majority of their research looking at historical charts.


Sensing traders choose to rely on their five senses.  They are detail-oriented, they want facts, and they trust them.  Sensing traders prefer organized, linear, and structured research.


Intuitive Sensing
Strengths Weaknesses Strengths Weaknesses
Seeks Patterns Uses hunches or gut feelings Detail-Oriented Over-Analyzes
Likes Charts and Indicators Looks for things that support a bias Linear Hesitant to make decisions
Looks for relationships Organized Stubborn
Top-Down Approach Structured Research Reluctant to admit failure or learn from error


Thinkers decide things impersonally based on analysis, logic, and principle.  They place great weight on objective criteria in making a financial decision.  They naturally see flaws and tend to be critical or research.  Thinking traders prefer clear goals and objectives.


Feelers focus on human values and needs as they make decisions or arrive at judgments.  They are more apt to make a trade based on their understanding of market psychology.  Objectivity is often over-clouded by emotions and can lead to poor trade.  Be mindful of your emotions!


Thinkers Feelers
Strengths Weaknesses Strengths Weaknesses
Clear goals and objectives Non-flexible Market Psychology Feelings enter trades
Logical Analysis Skeptical In tune with Markets Emotional Trading
Objectivity Thinks too much on winning trades Big Picture Ignores data/facts
Understands “why” Eternal Optimism



Judging traders are decisive, self-starters and self-regimented and probably trade because the “want to.”  They also focus on completing the task, knowing the essentials, and they take action quickly.  They plan their trades and trade their plan.


Perceptive traders are curious, adaptable, and spontaneous.  They start trading wanting to know everything about it, and often find it difficult to trade successfully.  Perceptive traders often postpone doing research until the last minute.  They are not lazy, rather merely seeking information up to the very last minute.


Judging Perceptive
Strengths Weaknesses Strengths Weaknesses
Decisive Non-flexible Adaptable Last-minute analysis
Self-starters Doesn’t take advice Curious about learning Spontaneous
Takes action quickly Slow to learn new things/concepts Wants to know all Wants to know all
Trades the plan Takes advice Unsure

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