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Review in Quadrant, XLIV, 2015

“In this thoroughly ‘of the moment’ book, Sherry Salman takes us on a journey starting on a train platform in Penn Station in Manhattan carried on the wings of her dream, to multifarious cultures, times, technologies and ideologies. She seeks to make a case that the “story before the story” lies in human imagination. If […]

“Nightmares of Totality” Book review in Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche

“Through exceptional imagery and strong writing, Salman offers the idea that “Our [human] imagination’s propensity to create totalities has a particularly mutable character: it disappears from view as we live within its bounds . . . ” (61). Indeed, within the global context of contemporary technologies, as detailed in (her book), where is any center?” […]

Montreal Jung Society Review: Reading this essay I felt I was in the presence of something momentous….courageous and brilliant

Sometimes, Sherry Salman, writes, “…the voice of the mythopoetic mind is hard to hear through the din and uproar. That’s when psychopomps materialize.” She notes that psychology has always had psychopomps: images, fantasies and actual persons that have guided us through the mythopoetic mind. “Experiencing a renewed sense of wholeness often requires the intervention of […]

Chronogram Review: A Provocative, rewarding read….

Like a mythological weaver, Jungian psychoanalyst Salman pulls together a variety of strands, from Indra’s Net to the World Wide Web — “dreams of totality, visions of utopias and dystopias.” Her wide-ranging intellect and breadth of reference reverberates in the book’s 27 illustrations, from prehistoric stone circles to Tibetan mandalas and microphotographed stem cells. A […]

Clarion Review: This fascinating examination of our reaction to change is both impressive and inspiring.

(Given four of five stars from reviewer) Although at first glance it may seem like a New Age self-help book, Dreams of Totality: Where We Are When There’s Nothing at the Center is instead a serious and subtle study of societal reaction to change. Psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist Sherry Salman brings her considerable knowledge to bear […]