The Millennium Dreams


The Millennium Dreams

Chen Lai

Worldwide problems caused by COVID-19, isolation and strict epidemiological policies with no clear end point. To alleviate the nightmares and anxiety associated with isolation and an uncertain future, the Structural Dream Analysis (SDA) provides a systematic and objective analysis of the meaning of dreams produced by patients in Jungian psychotherapy, in which five main dream patterns are identified. Changes in the dream series patterns can be identified as corresponding to changes in the treatment. Thus, a space for individual and collective experience and therapy is designed by linking all participants of the same dream pattern and guiding the dream pattern towards higher order transformations.  

Using the existing psychological and dream models (Red Book) to describe and design the five classic dream patterns, a dream guide refuge is designed to progressively move across the dream patterns to enhance the psychological structure and strength of the self. 

The design goal is therefore to use the Red Book under the dream structure model for dream-related psychological guidance, thus helping the experiencer with dream pattern guidance or psychological regulation to reduce anxiety in the present moment related to an uncertain future. 



In the United Kingdom a quarter of the population experienced moderate to severe anxiety and a third reported moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Understanding individual differences in the types of psychological distress related to Covid-19, as well as identifying behaviours that may hinder psychological adaptation is of paramount importance in developing effective programmes for the post Covid-19 pandemic phase. 

Dreamwork is a broad term used to describe the exploration and incorporation of dreams in psychotherapy. Mental health professionals who integrate dreamwork into their practice often use it to help people problem solve, gain self-awareness, or improve overall well-being. 

According to Jung, dreams paint a more comprehensive picture of the overall psyche, including unconscious aspects. Jung’s dream psychoanalysis and related work, The Red Book, demonstrate that dream series can be divided into five structural patterns based on the degrees of ego domination in the dream state. These patterns are closely related to the psychological problems of the dreamer. 



The significance of the study therefore lies in the use of the existing psychological and dream models (Red Book) to describe and design five classical dream patterns as a dream guide refuge to progressively cross dream patterns to enhance the psychological structure and strength of the self. This helps the experiences to engage in dream pattern guidance or psychological conditioning to reduce anxiety in the present moment in relation to an uncertain future.  



I have broken down each of the episodes selected from the Red Book into three different levels of expression and analysis. These are “the shape of space, the rhythm of the text, and the direction of things.” It is my derivation using the inherent properties of space “space, event, movement” and translating Jung’s description of mental space. The possibility of the various dimensions interacting and combining was analysed and discovered. 

The form of the extracted space is used as the basic block of space. The direction of movement of the extracted object is used as a path that can be moved through space. The rhythm of the extracted text as the main melodic block that sets the rhythm of space. 





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