Behavioural Technical Analysis

Behavioural Technical Analysis
– An Introduction to Behavioural Finance and its Role in Technical Analysis

‘Behavioural Technical Analysis’ is an accessible introductory guide to how human nature impacts the markets and those who trade in them.

About the author, Paul V. Azzopardi.

At its core, trading is a decision-making process based on the analysis of data and a judgement on risk and uncertainty. When humans make trading decisions their emotions, physiology and the natural qualities of the brain automatically and subconsciously play a role. Therefore, to better understand the financial markets we need to better understand the behaviour of individual investors within those markets.     

Behavioural finance – the study of how human sentiment and emotion affects financial decision-making – is a means for achieving this better understanding and it is already revolutionising investment and trading. In particular, it is becoming clear that behavioural finance can help evaluate various aspects of technical analysis – and this is the unique focus of ‘Behavioural Technical Analysis’.  

Behavioural Technical Analysis places real human beings at the centre of price patterns and graphs and shows how human sentiment and emotion is what really drives securities markets.     

The first part of the book is a practical, concise introduction to behavioural finance and deals with six main areas: dealing with complexity; how humans perceive what is around them; sense of self; aversion to risk; the impact of society and crowds; and gender. An overview is given in each case and for each key concept details are provided about how it can affect the work of technical analysts.    

 In the second part of the book, I then build on these early chapters by applying the concepts of behavioural finance to three key technical analysis techniques: study of extremes, study of trends, and support and resistance. It is shown how behavioural finance can help illuminate long observed technical price patterns and thus serve as a foundation for profitable investment and trading strategies.     


Cover of the India edition by Vision Books, 2012.

The book does not presuppose any knowledge of behavioural finance or psychology, skills in mathematics or detailed trading techniques, but instead provides an outline of the key features of behavioural finance that are relevant to technical analysis and advances a new and exciting way of thinking about trading.     

‘Behavioural Technical Analysis’ is a lucid and practical read for all those who want to understand what happens when human nature and financial markets collide – and, most importantly, how to profit from it.

You can order this book directly from Harriman House,  the publisher, from Amazon, Indigo/ChaptersBarnes and Noble, or other booksellers.  

Harriman House is one of the UK’s leading independent publishers of finance, trading and investment books.            

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Chapter One – The Behavioural Finance Revolution
Chapter Two – People Acting Strange: Emotion In Decision

Chapter Three – Complexity: Trying To Keep Things Simple
Chapter Four – Perception: What You See Is Not Always What You Get
Chapter Five – The Self: Tuum Est
Chapter Six – Aversion: Pursuing Pleasure And Avoiding Pain
Chapter Seven – Society: What A Lovely Crowd
Chapter Eight – Gender

Chapter Nine – Behavioural Aspects Of Technical Analysis
Chapter Ten – New Horizons

Appendix One – Rational Economic Man
Appendix Two – Table Of Biases
Appendix Three – MTP Checklist