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Clarissa Pinkola Estes was born in Indiana in 1943 to parents of Spanish and Mexican ancestry, but was later adopted by Hungarian immigrants. She received her Ph.D. from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was certified as a Jungian analyst in 1984. She worked as a psychoanalyst in private show more practice and developed and taught the Writing as Liberation of the Spirit program in state and federal prisons. Estes served as executive director of the C.G. Jung Center for Education and Research and cofounded and codirected Colorado Authors for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights. One of Estes's better-known writings, Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (1992), is drawn from tales and myths she heard firsthand from members of such cultures as Asian, Mexican, African, and Greek. She also wrote The Gift of Story (1993). Her books can be found indexed under Psychology, Women's Studies, Mythology, Spiritual Development, and Poetry. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Contos dos Irmãos Grimm (2005) 15 copies
Storie di donne selvagge (2008) 4 copies
Echte vrouwen denken anders (2001) — Author — 3 copies
Biegnaca z wilkami (2023) 2 copies
Kalpten Gelen Armagan (2021) 1 copy
I desideri dell'anima (2014) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) — Introduction, some editions — 9,493 copies
Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1998) — Editor — 212 copies
Wild Women (1854) — Contributor — 23 copies


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This book was a best seller in its day and from some of the reviews on Goodreads, was a life saver for some and life changing in its effects. I must admit from the first few chapters I thought it was a good candidate for Pseud's Corner (Private Eye magazine). I could only see what people saw in it when I reached the chapter about addiction which I could see that people might find helpful.

The basic structure is that the author narrates stories, often based on folk tales, and then analyses them with a psychological approach based on Jungian analysis. The book does tend to go over the same point rather repetitively and to make multiple assertions with no real evidence. Some of these are rather odd. There is some relating to the ways of wolves, hence the title, but that is not a major theme: rather, it is the notion of the Wild Woman which is an archetypal or original goddess figure. The aim is to empower women and also to restore men to a loving and equal relationship with women. There are some interesting points but it is very repetitive and a bit dragged out so, on balance, I would rate it at 2 stars.… (more)
kitsune_reader | 84 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
This book was very interesting. You don't have to buy into the whole Jungian interpretations to enjoy it. Some of it resonated with me, and some of it didn't, but, as a literature major, I found it fascinating, and I loved the myths/stories alone. I gave it four stars because it was too repetitive at times for my liking.
DominiqueMarie | 84 other reviews | Oct 22, 2023 |
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At the time, I was between living the life of a fundamental Pentecostal and a college graduate. I need to read it again. I have been through many changes over the years, and I think I may have a different appreciation of these messages.

Thank you.
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ourBooksLuvUs | 84 other reviews | Aug 20, 2023 |
I read this book whenever I'm feeling feminist/political burnout. I recommend it to all women.
BurrowK | 84 other reviews | Jul 31, 2022 |



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