Clarissa Pinkola Estes

As a Jungian analyst in Denver, Colo., Clarissa Pinkola Estes kept seeing the same kind of patient. They were women cut off from their creativity-women who slaved at jobs they despised to buy expensive gifts for their family, women who felt compelled to clean everything in the house before they sat down to write, a woman who had won a scholarship to study violin in Italy but wasn’t allowed to go, and simply gave up her artistic drive. In traditional psychology Estes found little to help these patients. Instead, she says, “what worked better than my training was to tell stories.” The daughter of Mexican parents who was adopted and raised by fiery Hungarians, Estes began telling multicultural folk tales that tapped into what she calls the “ruins of the female underworld.”

Author of Women Who Run With the Wolves and many other works

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