“Catastrophic expectations are memories” Fritz Perls

Most of us experience situations where we expect something terrible to happen, or simply expect something to go wrong. Ever wonder where these expectations rise up from? Most often some event from our past, often childhood, went wrong, leading us to the belief that similar events will go wrong.

The more extreme form of this ‘transference” of events from the past to future is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is when a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events leads to the expectation of similar traumatic events occurring in the future. Being aware that catastrophic expectations are memories is one way to diffuse energy or hold these expectations have on our life.


  1. The anxiety of freedom is something I struggle with and have only found to be continuous, though easier as I learn more about myself and practice what brings joy in life. I agree that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with us, yet I have also found my negative self images seem to just pop up like obstacles. As a therapist and a client, I wish that there were not such a stigma on therapy and that more people understood therapy as support for living better, instead of for triage. Thank you for this view on therapy. It’s refreshing and a good reminder.

  2. johanna

    thats for clarifying this. very positive liberating way of letting go, thanks for sharing 🙂

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