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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by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
     
 

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UPDATED, WITH NEW MATERIAL BY THE AUTHOR"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 WalkerWithin every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the

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UPDATED, WITH NEW MATERIAL BY THE AUTHOR"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 WalkerWithin 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. In WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES, Dr. Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories, many from her own family, 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."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"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

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Folklore, fairy tales and dream symbols are called on to help restore women's neglected intuitive and instinctive abilities in this earthy first book by a Jungian analyst. According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices. The tales here, from various cultures, are not necessarily about wolves; instead, they illuminate fresh perspectives on relationships, self-image, even addiction. An African tale of twins who baffle a man represents the dual nature of woman; from the Middle East, a story about a threadbare but secretly magic carpet shows society's failure to look beyond appearances. Three brief, ribald stories advocate a playful, open sexuality; other examples suggest ways to deal with anger and jealousy. At times, Estes's commentary--in which she urges readers to draw upon and enjoy their Wild Woman aspects--is hyperbolic, but overall her widely researched study offers usable advice for modern women. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345409874
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
25,163
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition). In addition to her international bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés is a managing editor and columnist writing on politics, spirituality, and culture at the newsblog TheModerateVoice.com, and she is a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter online.

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Women Who Run With the Wolves : Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in college and I have decided to reread it now that I have gotten married. I enjoyed reading this great book in college, because it was reccommended to me by a classmate in one of my Psychology classes. I highly reccommened this book as an interesting read for women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is it that makes a woman not like a man? The common answer, of course, has to do with genitalia and reproduction, a less common though still frequent distinction comes from the presence of two X chromosomes in every cell of the female body. Neither of this means of differentiation, as obvious as they seem, help answer the question. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, both a Jungian Analyst and professional story teller ('contradora') draws on a rich mix of background from both of her professions to lay the underpinnings from the collective unconscious and archetypes to provide a much more sophisticated if complex answer to the nature of a woman. If you are a woman, this may help you define yourself, uif you are a man, the book will both enhance your respect for as well as add a bit to your dim understanding of those marvellous aliens with two X chromosomes. Very Highly Recommended indeed!
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 5 times and each time I extract new insight. Absolutely fascinating psychological explanations of childhood fairytales. This book is a MUST for any woman who desires to live her life honestly and fully.
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For anyone wanting a better understanding of the female psyche this is a must read whether they are male or female. This is actually my third copy of this book my first was so worn the pages were no longer readable. You develop a deeper understanding every time you pick it up. As an audio book it is a convenient way to continue getting things done when you don't have a free hand. I definitely recommend this and other books by Estes. It is a valuable learning tool and can have a great impact on the lives of many women.
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Ms Estes keeps your attention through her stories.The stories would have appeal and provides interest to anyone but, especially for women. I would say that no matter what your background is, this will have you saying, "that fits me". Her voice is gentle and calming as she reads her stories. This CD is an excellent source to introduce you to Ms Estes work.
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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.