Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Book club pick for Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf • “A deeply spiritual book [that] honors what is tough, smart and untamed in women.”—The Washington Post Book World

Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. For though the gifts of wildish nature belong to us at birth, society’s attempt to “civilize” us into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls.

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.

Dr. Estés has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.

Praise for Women Who Run with the Wolves

Women Who Run with the Wolves isn’t just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom, and love. An oracle from one who knows.”—Alice Walker

“I am grateful to Women Who Run with the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The work shows the reader how glorious it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be women. Everyone who can read should read this book.”—Maya Angelou

“An inspiring book, the ‘vitamins for the soul’ [for] women who are cut off from their intuitive nature.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Stands out from the pack . . . a joy and sparkle in [the] prose . . . This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work. . . . It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected, that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. Wolves . . . is a gift.”Los Angeles Times

“A mesmerizing voice . . . dramatic storytelling she learned at the knees of her [immigrant] aunts.”Newsweek

“The work of Clarissa Pinkola Estés, rooted in old and deep family rites and in archetypal psychology, recognizes that the soul is not lost, but has been put to sleep. This volume reminds us that we are nature for all our sophistication, that we are still wild, and the recovery of that vitality will itself set us right in the world.”—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345409874
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 5,488
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Clarissa Pinkola Estés is an American poet, author, and spoken word artist.

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Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
LaBefana More than 1 year ago
This book was and still is a great read. It's definetly one of my favorites! It's inspirational, it makes you think, gives you an understanding, it's down to earth and it's real. Every woman should own this book! Honestly, I sometimes use this book as a guide. I open it randomly, as I do with most all my books and where I open it, I go to the beginning of that story and I read it. Ususally the story is pertaining to things that are happening around me at that time and it gives me a different outlook, a different view or opinion about my situation. Bottom line, it's a must for woman, and I feel if/when men buy her book they will get a better understanding of woman on a deeper level. In paperback, I have had my book, The Woman Who Run with Wolves since 1996. I wanted it as a gift and I got it. I actually didn't just want it, I had to have it. At that time the book was not as popular as it became. About 3 yrs ago I bought another book to have as back-up for this one. Although the book can now be purchased in hardcover I bought another paperback. Personally I like this book in paperback, it's easier to take with me eveywhere.
FancyFractals on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good book for young women to read.
SheilahVance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is fabulous! It has helped me understand and gotten me through many a life change at different stages of my life. This time, another failed romance. This time, deeper understanding. I highly recommend it to all women who are trying to understand themselves.
SusaninParis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the time the book was published, it was probably considered groundbreaking. These ideas have been floating around the public consciousness since then so it doesn't seem as novel. At this stage, I would have preferred a little condensing. I think I'll need to read it again.
oke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Changed My Life. Deep reading and well worth it.
fraise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the author does give good insights onto women's issues, her use of fairy tales to do so is weak at best. She changes them to suit her own interpretation, often - and quite worrisomely, given the message she claims to want to give - placing more blame on the woman than the original fairy tale did. Compare, for instance, the original "Handless Maiden" and Marie Louise von Franz's interpretation of it, to Pinkola Estes' modified version.I had a very hard time taking the "interpretation" of modified fairy tales seriously, and wish that Pinkola Estes had given more weight to her own individual thoughts, rather than trying to validate them through fairy tales that often say something quite different from what she tries to say.
sarahinfla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not your average self-help book. Estes relys on old stories from her heritege as well as practical advice from her practice as a Jungian analyst to provide women with a self-help book like no other. The legends she disperses throughout the chapters tie in neatly with the topic of each chapter. And chapters can be read as single units.
thairishgrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a fellow therapist after a discussion about the positive impact of stories on the psyche. Estes uses mythology from around the world to explore the universal struggles experienced by women. A great self help book without being preachy. Not light reading.
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Colleen57 More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written collection of insightful stories. I've kept this book at my side for years, it never gets old. Ms. Estes is a superb storyteller, and the wisdom gained from these stories is priceless.
miesje More than 1 year ago
Excellent book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I cherish this book and I read it over and over again .The work of a brilliant woman who becomes ones voice for one so silent . You find yourself agreeing with the author and learning to love the instinctual gifts we as women possess. It is a book for every woman who feels the injustice of a world which undervalues us .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It helped me when I was going through a bad breakup. I always come back to this book when I need a little self confidence. Through the stories you will realize things you have never really realized before. It is a thought provoking book. Give it a chance. It might be a little hard for some to read but stick with it it gets better!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will never be sold at a yard sale! It helped me through very difficult times with my ex-husband, and it still gives me insight into life from a woman's perspective. This is a must have for any woman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wonderful focus on the female instinctive nature, paying attention to cycles and rhythms, and the female soul which has the power to create, nuture and destroy, amazing book
LBM007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book as part of a psychology of women class I took and thought the book was complete crap. (It's books like this that make people think psychology is not a real science.) If it were possible to rate as negative stars, I would.