Following up on this work, researchers conducted an experiment that contrasted attraction between the sexes in situations of safety versus fear.
They found that, under conditions of strong emotions such as fear and anxiety, the attraction was significantly greater than in safer, less emotionally-provoking situations
Years ago, I traveled a lot — a nine year gig that took me around the world way too many times for a total of over 1.5 million miles. On an approach to the Rome airport, something really bad happened to the airplane. I am not sure exactly what it was, but afterwards we found that that the tail of the plane had been damaged severely. There were people screaming, praying and chanting, fearing a crash and death to everyone. I looked at the man next to me, asked his name and country he was from. With total fear in his eyes and hands trembling, he told me his name was Jurgen and he was a Finnish scientist. I had never seen him before we boarded that plane. We threw our arms around each other and professed our love for each other. We held each other very tightly and I was in love with this man at the very time I believed I was crashing to my death. How totally ridiculous I felt after this was over, the plane landed (not without damage, but no one was killed) and Jurgen scurried away without looking back at me. I will never forget his face, the way we held each other and how much I loved him during those frightening moments that seemed to be an eternity.
In these situations, the brain pours out a variety chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, phenylethylamine and others) that bond total strangers to each other. This was not the first time this had happened to me and it likely won’t be the last. Smart neurons, dumb choices?
Everyone who trades knows the feelings that can come rushing in through the day. We have all felt the anxiety of seeing a position go against us, the agony of missing out, or the shame, frustration and regret that set in when we can no longer take the pain and have to sell at a loss.
A day of euphoria can be followed by a day of despair. Fear of missing out, anxiety about losing a position in which we believed, denial that we could possibly have been wrong about our choice of entry, elation when a trade goes well—these and many more examples bring to mind the ups, downs and all-arounds that happen in the markets and in life. In the words sung by the great Diana Ross, the markets have the ability to turn us “upside down, inside out and round and round!”