As some may know I have spent a number of years researching what Eric Berne originally called the demon. As he write here.
Ways I have conceptualised the demon in personality
To my knowledge only Berne and Childs-Gowell have written anything on this part of the personality. I recently came across a TAJ article written by Novellino (called The shadow and the demon) who has also written a bit on the demon and how it can relate to night mares. Here is some of the material covered
The demon in nightmares
Nightmares are the undesirable emergence of desires, thoughts and impulses repressed by the dreamer into the unconscious
This is the equivalent to the resurfacing of the shadow (Jung)
The nightmare is a attempt to provide a psychological balance when the repressed material is being too rigidly held onto
Some of the repressed desires and urges are shown in Berne’s description of the demon in us. What I have called the demon subpersonality.
Approaches to dealing with the symptoms of nightmares:
Interpret the monsters in the dream
Guide the patient to create a new ending or reorient it.
Lillith can be seen as the archetype of the demon subpersonality
I have suggested a different approach to those listed above to dealing with the demon and that is to engage with it in the relational.
This opens up interesting ideas in dealing with dreams by relational engagement with the different characters in dreams, scary and not scary.
Also using the clients reports of nightmares to identify the demon subpersonality in them.