Clarissa Pinkola Estes Birthday & Fun Facts

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Akshita Rana
Jan 31, 2024 By Akshita Rana
Originally Published on Jul 04, 2022
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Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a renowned American poet, psychoanalyst, and the bestseller author of 'Women Who Run With The Wolves'.
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About Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a famous American writer, poet, psychoanalyst, and post-trauma specialist.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is most recognized as the author of the bestseller 1992 book 'Women Who Run With The Wolves'. She has written several other books, such as 'The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die,' 'The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What is Enough' and 'Hero With A Thousand Faces.'

Through her books and skills in traditional medicine, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes became an international sensation and has been awarded several prestigious awards. Continue reading to learn more about the biography and stories from the childhood and professional life of acclaimed writer Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Clarissa Pinkola Estes' net worth?

Clarissa Pinkola Estes' net worth is valued at $1.5 million as of 2022. 

How much does Clarissa Pinkola Estes earn per year?

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes is an influential international figure and has earned much respect for her literary and medicinal contributions. However, the total amount of her annual earnings is not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Clarissa Pinkola Estes?

The exact height measurements of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes are unknown.

How old is Clarissa Pinkola Estes?

Since Clarissa Pinkola Estes was born on January 27, 1945, she is 77 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a first-generation American born under the zodiac sign Aquarius on January 27, 1945, in Gary, Indiana, United States, to Cepción Ixtiz and Emilio Maria Reyés. At the time of her birth, her Mexican parents worked as laborers near the Michigan-Indiana border. Estes learned how to speak Spanish from her parents and became quite fluent in it. However, for unknown reasons, her parents gave her up for adoption when she was still a child.

Eventually, Clarissa Pinkola Estes found a home in the family of Hungarian Joszef Pinkola and Maruska Hornyak when she was four years old. Though her parents could not read or write, they passed on their knowledge of ancient healing methods, nature, plants, and animals to the younger generations through vocal storytelling. As a child, Estes was supposed to attentively listen to these stories, memorize, and narrate them. This is how she developed an early interest in stories and storytelling, which later helped her writing career.

Regarding her formal education, Clarissa Pinkola Estes enrolled at Loretto Heights College, which has since been renamed Teikyo Loretto Heights University. She got a bachelor of arts with honors in psychotherapeutics in 1976. Later, she attended the Union Institute & University in Ohio and earned a doctorate in ethno-clinical psychology, which is the study of cultural and tribal groups' social and psychological patterns, in 1981.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ partner?

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is believed to have been married twice. Her second husband served as a master sergeant in the US Air Force. She also has three children. However, the identities of her husband and children have not been disclosed publicly.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a world-renowned academic, poet, post-trauma specialist, and Jungian psychoanalyst. Estes has authored numerous books about soul life, the most famous of which is 'Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype,' which spent 145 weeks on the bestseller list of New York Times and other publications. Her other famous books are 'Hero With A Thousand Faces,' 'The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die,' and 'Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul.'

As a post-trauma specialist, Clarissa Pinkola Estes started her career in this field in the '60s when she attended critically damaged children and war veterans. She also served in numerous disaster locations. Clarissa Pinkola Estes was the first to develop a post-trauma recovery procedure for Armenian earthquake survivors. From 1999-2003, she worked with children in the aftermath of the Columbine High School massacre. At present, Estes is helping the survivors of 9/11.

In addition to these roles, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes is the columnist and managing editor of The Moderate Voice. She uses this platform to share her spirituality, culture, healing, and political perspectives.

What awards has Clarissa Pinkola Estes won?

As a post-trauma specialist, psychoanalyst, and author, Clarissa Pinkola Estes has won numerous awards, including the Las Primeras Award, Book of the Year Honor Award, Colorado Authors League Award, the president's Medal for social justice, Joseph Campbell Keepers of the Lore Award, Associated Catholic Church Press award, and the Gradiva Award. In 2006, she was also inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. 

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Cepción Ixtiz, Emilio Maria Reyés
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Written by Akshita Rana

Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science specializing in Management

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With a Master's in Management from the University of Manchester and a degree in Business Management from St. Xavier's, Jaipur, India, Akshita has worked as a content writer in the education sector. She previously collaborated with a school and an education company to improve their content, showcasing her skills in writing and education. Akshita is multilingual and enjoys photography, poetry, and art in her free time, which allows her to bring a creative touch to her work as a writer at Kidadl.

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