When Someone Is Projecting Onto You

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Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person unconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others have those feelings.

We hear this phrasing used so often these days. Projection this and projection that. The truth is, it’s a very real defense mechanism that the subconscious mind uses in order to avoid its own shortcomings etc. Have you ever been in a situation where someone calls you something that is so far off of who you are? Do you just look at them and think, who are you talking about?

Before I came to understand the full workings of projection, I use to believe what others were saying. I would take it in and try to change something that was not even mine. Ironically, it wouldn’t work, because it wasn’t mine to begin with. As time went on and my awareness and education expanded, I am now more capable of spotting this and I make a conscious effort to not “own” anything that is not mine.

When I recognize someone projecting onto me, I stay as fully open as I can (because sometimes it could be my behavior) and as the words come up, I evaluate each statement and I only take accountability for what is mine. I actually had this happen last night. The person I was dealing with last night had so much personal guilt over a situation that she attempted to try to put that on me. What she was feeling inside, she started blaming me for. It’s difficult not to get upset when someone “sees” you so differently from who you are, but if you remember they are subconsciously doing it, maybe your approach and understanding of the situation will diffuse heavy emotion from creeping in and clouding up the situation.

The key is to stay rational. Allow them to speak and then calmly say something like, “That is not mine. I believe you are speaking from your own place. Please don’t attempt to put that on me.” If you are dealing with a somewhat rational person, and you can remain calm, that will usually do the trick! Because deep inside they know it’s not truly you, it’s them.

This was something that took me awhile to get good at. I’m by no means a master, but when I can come from a clear place of knowing and peace, I immediately recognize what is mine and what is not. It takes strength and confidence to stand behind yourself and it takes peace and calm to diffuse a situation, allow the truth to surface and let the healing begin.

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Source by Kristen Brown

Trading Outside the Box – The Meta Trader 4 Excel Duo

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The Meta Trader 4 Excel platform is making a buzz in the online currency trading circle for all good reasons. Forex trade is the business of changing one nation's currency for that of another. Unlike most other trades, profit here is completely dependent on the volatility of Forex market.

If the market were static, with no fluctuations in currency values, no money will be made. Yet, this same volatility also creates the element of risk. It can be quite tricky to predict which way a market will go because of the innumerable variables affecting prices. In such a scenario, traders must seek out every piece of information available about the economic forces at play. The lack of insider trading makes it a level playing field, but this means that all your competitors know what you know.

Therefore, the only way to trade sustainably and profitably is to glean all data of market trends. The trend is a trader's best friend. The best way to exploit trend data is to analyze it thoroughly.

But this is precisely where the maximum pieces of Forex software fall short – analytical tools. Every system offers a few tools – some useful, while some not too useful. For the most part, statistical analysis tools provided in Forex systems are either too simplistic to be powerful or too complicated to be practical for daily trading.

Even the popular Metatrader has this drawback. Despite strong trend analysis features, executing automated trading strategies calls for complicated programming. The average trader, who is not necessarily a computer geek, will not appreciate this. It can be quite a daunting task to learn an entire programming language just to trade.

This is why the Meta Trader 4 Excel platform is gaining popularity. It allows users to conduct their Forex trade from excel, the widely used spreadsheet software. When you think about it, Microsoft Excel actually makes for a great trading program. Consider its features:

  • Ease to use: With its simple graphical interface, it's one of the most user-friendly programs of its kind.
  • Short learning curve: With the extensive tutorials and help files, mastering the features is easy even for users with no prior experience.
  • Simple formula writing: Even the most complex formulas can be created with surprisingly simple syntax.
  • Hugely scalable: Allows working with a massive amount of data.
  • Powerful conditional formatting: Important patterns that were not noticeable at first can be unearthed. This makes it easy to mine data to discover trends and exceptions.
  • Visual chart element pickers: Allows users to quickly modify chart data. Manipulating charts with a few clicks makes data analysis easier, more insightful, and effective.

All these features make Excel an excellent platform for trading. Especially if it was possible to develop Expert Advisors – automated trading strategies that seek to maximize profits and protect you from losses. To your surprise, it is now possible! An ingenious application now allows all Metatrader's functions to be used through Excel, including the development and execution of Expert Advisors. Set up your Meta Trader 4 Excel system now and experience the benefits immediately!

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What You Should Know About Learning How to Trade on the Forex Market

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When it comes to learning how to trade the forex market, you have to decide which way you'd like to analyze the market. You either have to learn about technical analysis or fundamental analysis. There are certainly some traders who have a strong grasp of both, but for the most part, the majority of traders tend to focus on one or the other.

Unfortunately, I do not think many traders out there even take the time to learn one or the other. It may seem strange but many traders like to trade using their "gut" instead of properly analyzing the markets. I know it sounds absurd but its true.

There are a ton of traders who do not even understand the basic fundamentals when it comes to economic news events. For example, a lot of forex traders do not know the significance of the Non-Farm Payroll numbers that come out the last Friday of every month. A lot of traders do not know whether a rise or drop in interest rates will have a positive or negative effect on a currency.

It honestly would not be that bad if traders took the time to understand about technical analysis. But, unfortunately most do not. I can not tell you how many traders think that technical analysis refers to looking at a stochastics indicator and seeing if the market is oversold or overbought.

The truth of the matter is that most indicators do not provide any kind of technical analysis. The main reason is that they are all lagging by nature. They are good for telling you what has already happened. But as far as what will happen ………. not so much.

If you really want to learn about technical analysis, clear all your charts of indicators try to understand what price movement is all about.

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Currency Trading – Make Money Fast With These 3 Tips

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Currency trading is a great way to make money fast and here we are going to give you 3 tips (that go against a lot of common currency advice) but do not let that put you off 95% of currency traders lose and do not make money fast.

Here are your 3 tips for making money fast in currency trading:

1. Do not Diversify

I read a lot about how diversification spreads your risk and it does, but it also cuts your profit potential.

If you are trading currencies and you are a small trader (under $ 50,000) diversification will simply ensure that you dilute your profit potentialia, or worse help you lose.

When you see a trade that looks good (in line with your trading methodology) hit it hard and risk as much as you can.

You will hear a lot of advice saying you should risk 2 – 5% well you will not make money that way! risking 5% on a $ 10,000 account is $ 500.00 and that wont get you much in the way of open positions.

Risk up to 10% and have the courage of your conviction.

Many currency traders try so hard to restrict risk, they never make any decent profits, as they place their stops to close.

This means they are bumped out of good trends even though they have the direction right, by normal volatility.

This is an error most novice traders make – they need to study standard deviation, but most do not even know what it means and they should – look it up and understand it fully if you want to trade successfully.

Do not make this mistake.

If you think the above sounds risky it is – but currency trading involved taking calculated risks.

If you do not like risk then do not trade currencies.

2. Be Patient

If you are risking more trade and not diversifying, then you need to have very selective in the trades you take.

Patience is the key.

Many FOREX traders think the more they trade the greater their chances of success, but the opposite is true.

You do not get rewarded for how often you trade – you get rewarded for getting your trades right.

3. Trade In Relation To What's In The Bank

Judge progress by what's in the bank.

If you have had a good run you can afford to have a bit more aggressive (if conditions are right) and risk a bit more.

Generally, try not to have too many open positions, once you hit target bank and move on, this keeps you focused and is good for confidence.

Personally, I like to have only one or two trades open at any time

I will then shift position size and risk depending on how well I am doing.

It's always easier to risk profits you have made than your own cash.

So there you have 3 tips to make money fast in currency trading.

Many currency traders will see the above is risky, but that's the nature of currency trading:

Taking calculated risks when the conditions are right and waiting patiently for them.

Its logical and can and does make money fast.

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A Day in the Life of a Fit Model

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When most people think of modeling, they think of high fashion magazines and runway shows. But there are many kinds of models.

I’ve done just about all of it, but I spent the bulk of my career as a fit model.

What is a fit model?

Here’s what Wikipedia says:

A fitting model (sometimes fit model) is a person who is used by a fashion designer or clothing manufacturer to check the fit, drape and visual appearance of a design on a ‘real’ human being, effectively acting as a live mannequin.

This is a technically accurate definition, but it fails to account for the myriad of fun and challenges that goes into the day in the life of a fit model.

I used to start my workdays at 5am in military fatigues driving my car downtown for boot camp with a group of type-A wall streeters to sweat and stay fit. With music blasting and singing at the top of my lungs, I’d be psyched to work out by the time I pulled into my parking spot outside the gym.

Everywhere I went, everyone was wearing clothes I had fit and I was always working… at the gym, at a charity event, everywhere people wore clothes!

Even when I wasn’t actually in a fitting, which was almost 24/7, I’d be asking women questions about the clothes they were wearing that I had fit. I would shop the brands I fit as well as the competition, measure all the clothes, take photos of myself and others wearing the garments and give clients digital and written reports of how to improve the garments we fit. All the women at boot camp wore Gap Body undergarments and they were major consumers with excellent feedback (which made a great start to the day.)

After class, I’d re-organize my backpack for the day.

The staples in my daily New York City fit model backpack were:

*PDA, headset, extra cell phone, notebook

*approximately 6 different types of bras

*5 different styles of underwear

*Shoes: ballet flats, flip-flops, kitten heels & stiletto heels

*Makeup, hairbrush, comb, clear nail polish, manicure kit, tampons, hair ties and clips

*tape measures

*voucher books (model time sheets)

*composite cards & business cards

*safety pins, double stick tape, baby wipes, tissues, disposable plastic bag

*paperwork, pen, pencil, small stapler, scissors

*wallet with multiple metro cards

*fitted tank tops and leggings

*water bottle, meals and snacks

*always a few surprise items

Once I left the house, I probably would not be back home again until midnight-ish, so I always had to have everything I could possibly need for any situation in my backpack. By 7or 8am I would be at my first fit modeling job of the day.

When modeling, everyone always asked me how I maintained my toned figure and my response was always… I ran here and I’ll run to my next appointment & run to next and the next after that until that night, and I’d carry a very heavy bag.

I’d run by lots of interesting people every day, but never had time to chat or stop.

On one particular day, running in the garment center, I was moving quite fast but was abruptly forced to stop by several men on W36th Street as I approached a red light.

Each one was handing me a bra or a pair of underwear and yelling fire! Apparently the zipper of my backpack unzipped with the motion of the bouncy run and my undergarments were strewn all over 7th Avenue.

Luigi handed me a demi-bra as Joe was twirling my thong around his finger. I quickly gathered all I could before the light changed, but as if the personal contents weren’t embarrassing enough, I literally was on fire too!

I had a pack of matches from a restaurant in my bag that sparked from the friction of the movement and created smoke and fire in the pocket. Luckily, I had plenty of assistance and even rain overhead to douse the flames. (I made it to my appointment on time.)

During the course of the day I’d have all manner of clients and wardrobe mishaps. Once a client cut my bra off and sliced my underwear with scissors in the butt crack area when cutting jeans I was wearing.

Another time, I came home late from a fitting and noticed horrible, dark bruises all over my back. For hours, I thought I was injured or had blood clots until I finally figured out that I had worn a garment with a huge “SAMPLE” ink stamp inside the clothes that had rubbed off on me.

Once, while running to a client in the rain, I jumped into a taxi and completely split the back of my pants but I had to keep moving and get to the next job on time. With my backpack around my butt, I ran into a seamstress who could fix it and had another pair of pants to hand me. I changed behind a tree in the lobby. Clients said they set their watches by me so I could not be late.

Staying the same size wasn’t always easy. I took a colon cleanser to slim down one day and went to the bathroom so many times in a row, I got too skinny and had to pig out while running to my next fitting to get my waist back to spec in minutes. With fit modeling, it’s not about being skinny, it’s about being the same size all the time!

Life as a fit model always offered new and exciting adventures. So what does it take to be a fit model?

To be your most marketable self, being a renaissance woman definitely increases your chances of being selected by clients for fit modeling job. In addition to looking beautiful, a model needs to do her homework and bring knowledge and valuable comments to fittings. Prima donnas need not apply.

Natural optimists, multi-taskers with lots of endurance and resilient egos are best suited for fit modeling, provided she’s blessed with the proportional, standard figure and can maintain that body, ALWAYS.

A smile is a must with designer wardrobes. Clients enjoy interesting, honest, organized people and there should be a solid person with a good heart underneath the fashionable garb. Excellent communication skills, the ability to read and uplift people’s spirits, flexibility and patience are key!

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Making Gold With Mining in WoW

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Ask anyone who has played WoW (World of Warcraft) for a while and they will tell you that one of the easiest ways for new players to make gold is to pick up a gathering profession. And of the gathering professions it’s likely that you’ll be told to pick up mining as one of them. Mining is a really great way for new players to make gold but it’s not just for new players, veteran players can benefit from the high amount of gold that can be made while mining.

Mining is really simple to do, just go out and farm for some ore. The ore you should be farming should be in fact the high level ores like saronite ore and titanium ore (which is a rare node spawn of saronite ore). It makes no sense to mine for lower level ores when most of the time you will come back with the same or maybe a bit more ore but will only be able to sell it for a small amount compared to the high end ores.

As for what to do next, you can either sell the ores as is or take the time to make them into bars and then sell them. If you are lucky enough to have jewelcrafting you can prospect the ores and then cut the gems you get from prospecting. Or if you have engineering or blacksmithing you can use the ores to craft bars to make items.

Mining is a really easy and fast way to make gold whether you are a new or old player. All you need to do is just get out and mine!

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Where Is The Euro Headed – Up Or Down?

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If you've been following the Forex markets over the past year, then you know it's been a wild ride! With a high of 1.4282 and a low of 1.1877 over the past 12 months, it's no surprise that many people have made a lot of money, and others have lost a lot! Let's take a look at where we thinking the value of the euro is headed.

Now I must admit – the euro has surprised me many times this year. As an example, this recent surge upwards made me a little off guard.

However, I did profit greatly from the sell-off that occurred in 2010. There were so many worries about Europe and the financial mess that certain countries were in (Greece, Spain, Ireland) and the markets were bearish on Europe in general.

I remember when the euro was selling off that many people around me were scared to go short simply because they thought it had already gone down so much. They figured it could not go any lower!

But this was an example of one of my trading believes – it pays to follow the trend until there's a clear reason not to!

The euro just kept tanking, and everyday there were more negative news reports and numbers coming out of Europe. There just was not anything positive coming out and I could not see any reason why the world would think buying the euro was a good idea.

This recent surge in the euro (it's trading around 1.39 right now) is partly due to a US dollar selloff, and the possibility that the ECB will raise interest rates.

Many investors have been selling US dollars as they fear that what the US fed is doing in terms of monetary policy is the same as printing money, which should in turn devalue the currency.

The European Central Bank has signaled that they expect to raise interest rates very shortly. This appeals to people seeking higher yield investments, so the Euro rallies as they expect there will be more demand for euro denominated investments (and then more demand for the currency).

Personally, I find it hard to be long euro. There are a number of countries that are in bad – no AWFUL – financial states. There is a real risk of at least one country having to "declare bankruptcy" and there really have not been many positive financial numbers coming from Europe. The US seems to be rebounding at a better pace.

I'm going to wait until the next rate decision announcement by the ECB. I suspect they may raise rates at that time, causing another spike in the euro. At that point I will likely sell as I suspect the European zone has many challenges ahead.

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Gold, Silver and the Gathering Crypto Currency Storm

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Much controversy surrounds comparisons between precious metals and the growing number of crypto currencies. In some ways an ideological wedge has formed between hard asset investors and the most vocal of electronic currency advocates.

While both investment options remain relatively sequestered from the mainstream spotlight, they both offer fascinating perspectives for understanding the ongoing monetary and financial crisis.

Crypto Storm

The rise of decentralized, anonymous, and freely traded electronic currencies has worked its way into the technology and media.

While Bitcoin, is the poster child, having gained the most attention and participation, there are nearly 100s of other much smaller currencies and more being developed all the time.

The Rising Tide of Social Media

The culture of social media will continue to play a major role in the rise of the some of the currencies. They represent another tier of commerce within a media format that has the potential to foment revolution.

Most new forms of media are fairly easy to criticize. Social media has it’s problems. The inherent lack of privacy and a thin the line emerging between the mainstream media’s exploitation and the utility of delivering pertinent information versus entertainment and therefore propaganda as an extension of public relations and advertising.

The Currency of Social Media

Many of the newer e-currencies are introduced by directly leveraging social media. Obviously they start of small, but many can be collected via sites that offer coins for free. These so called crypto-faucets effectively seed new mine production. Many are used as tokens given as reward or tip for posting newsworthy or entertaining content on blogs, forums, or on other social media channels.

Some see these techniques as a shadow of those used in promoting penny stocks and almost all share significant and often wild price volatility.

Controversy almost matches

100s of new crypto currencies have been created. Many associated with the social media phenomenon, yet they have not quite reached in to the mainstream in terms of awareness, and especially adoption.

Early adoption – volatility

Bitcoin is just one of many and happens to be the most popular for now. In some ways it is Naturally the focus of ridicule and criticism. Observers are quick to compare its recent rise to a mania, and equally swift at pointing out its use in the electronic black market.

Store of Wealth and Properties

The comparison between the relative “ideal” monetary attributes of the precious metals versus crypto currency can be a divisive exercise. But when the comparison in includes fiat currency, it becomes more compelling.

Finite Supply – precious metals and most crypto have a finite supply. The purest will argue that precious metals are much more ubiquitous than often assumed, but we simply don’t have the energy or technology to efficiently identify and mine metals from the ocean floor.

Portability – all three alternatives are generally portable, though for the individual, moving large amounts of silver and gold to a certain extent can become difficult or at least more costly.

Fungible – all three are fungible.

Non-forgeable – the fiat dollar is the only one of the three that is capable of being forged.

Divisible – all forms are essentially divisible.

Privacy – precious metals, but especially crypto currency are private in the sense that ownership can be basically hidden.

Acceptance – the dollar and precious metals are widely accepted – though in the developed world precious metals are more indirectly accepted. Crypto currencies have yet to achieve significant acceptance and this is the major factor preventing its widespread acceptance. Although the trend is likely to grow.

Confiscation and theft resistance – both precious metals and fiat currency are relatively more susceptible at this point to theft and/or confiscation. The technology and software code capable of breaking the cryptographic signature for the newest electronic currencies is impressively difficult to come by.

Durability – by it’s very nature, the dollar is the least durable of the three, and relative lack of adoption and newness places makes durability and gray area for e-currencies.

Acceptance is the key one key limiting factor separating crypto currency from monetary status or store of value. It is hard to imagine widespread acceptance given the barriers to acceptance. A certain amount of savvy, from technological capability, to the infrastructure required for its spread.

Indeed, after a recent visit to South America, and interacting with the many of the financial elite, it is clear that widespread adoption is some time away.

Nevertheless, social media could ultimately provide the trigger for fast adoption.

Relatively speaking, and while not necessarily a requirement for monetary status, acceptance of precious metals certainly exhibits a robustness that certainly crypto currencies and the fiat dollar (even as reserve currency) do not possess based on time and tradition.

Policy also interferes with what could be a more widespread adoption, but generally for the average man, the worker, there has been a severe lack of ability to deal with any and all technological and competitive challenges.

Money Velocity

Volumes can easily explode, and many of these currencies will see huge percentage moves as more and more people searching for yield become aware.

Sadly, it is more likely that adoption of crypto currencies and/or the return to monetary metals will be missed by the majority. The nature of the ongoing financial crisis, and it’s brittle fragility caused by the ignorance of risk from the top down is such that money velocity will explode from a massive base if paper currency creation

For more articles like this, including thoughtful precious metals analysis beyond the mainstream propaganda and basically everything you need to know about silver, short of outlandish fiat price predictions, check out http://www.silver-coin-investor.com

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Naked Puts

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Naked Puts are supposedly to be one of the riskiest strategies out there. But if done right selling naked puts can be even safer, and more profitable than buying stocks.

When you sell a naked put you take on the obligation to buy a stock at a certain price on or before a given date. For this you bank a premium up front.

Selling puts can be a good strategy as long as you do not go overboard. So if you sell naked puts on $ 50,000 worth of stocks, make sure you could buy $ 50,000 worth of stocks because you might have to follow through.

If you do it in moderation selling naked puts has the following advantages.

1. Stocks Do not Need to Go Up

When you sell naked puts on stocks you do not need need them to go up for you to be profitable. You only need the stock not to go down below your strike price.

This allows you to make money when you are having trouble finding stocks that are about to move up. Instead of having to worry about it you could always sell puts.

2. You Can Get Paid to buy a stock

If the stock does fall down below your strike price, you will have to buy it. But considering that you got the premium up front it means you got paid to get into a strong stock, which is much better than buying and holding the old fashion way.

And as long as the company has a good long term growth you can just wait for it to go back up, and sell covered calls on it to make even more premium.

3. Premium Adds Up

Collecting premium often adds up and can be very profitable in the long term. Many times you can make more by selling puts then you can by holding the stock.

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How Much Cash Does James Bond Carry?

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First let’s start with how much cash Americans carry.

Under $ 20 ....... 32%

$ 21--$ 50 ....... 43%

$ 51--$100 ....... 18%

$101--$500 ....... 6%

$501--$999 ....... .6%

$1,000+ .......... .5%

So, if you want to be in the rare 6%, just carry over a hundred bucks in your money clip and wallet. But that’s not even enough to take care of a sudden overnight trip.

‘My name is Bond, James Bond. If you’ll wait for me to find an ATM machine, I’ll take you to dinner.’ Sound strange? That’s right. Bond would have the cash and credit cards in his wallet to do whatever he needed to do. But some places don’t take credit cards, or the right ones.

And what about emergency’s? Such as your car breaking down on a trip. You don’t want to have your family sitting in the car at midnight on a lonely road.

Many will say that they are worried about being robbed, so they don’t carry much cash. But anyone that’s been robbed will tell you that he was glad to give something to the robber. Robbers have said that they work up so much energy before they mug someone, that if the person has nothing to give them, they get very angry and violent.

On the lighter side, Wayne Newton told the story about a date he was on at Denny’s in New York and he didn’t have enough cash to pay the bill. So he kept telling the girl to order more and secretly called his brother to bring him some cash. It took an hour because it turned out that there were four Denny’s on that corner, all with three floors. Wayne’s brother had to search every one of them. So Wayne had to really sweat it out until his brother arrived with the face saving cash. This sound funny, but not when you’re in that situation yourself.

So now, How much cash does Bond carry? Enough to get any sudden job or entertainment done without checking to see if the place he’s going to takes credit cards.

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