This book has been a great find for me. It deals with many issues which have affected me throughout my life particularly my early development and the trauma I suffered within my family culture of rape and torture. Reading Estes has been a gift to me, providing many intellectual explanations , often using story telling as examples, which is now helping me to understand the dark underside of human nature, its anthropological, cultural and historical evolution, and ways for me to personally resist further mental and emotional anguish and suffering, and renew my life with vigour, passion, creativity, and self belief. The truth must be spoken, silence destroys the soul. I recommend this book to women and men who suffer from trauma and abuse, as a way to empower them to grow strong and independent of dominant people and bullies.