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

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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 ...

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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

The wild woman. She is the internal, eternal essence of the feminine: instinctive, intuitive, primitive, powerful. In this remarkable collection of multicultural myths and stories, a renowned Jungian analyst and storyteller reintroduces this important archetype into the lives of modern women.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345409874
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 48,015
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

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 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.
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Table of Contents

The Bounty of Wild Woman
Foreword xvii
Introduction: Singing Over the Bones 1
The Stories
1. The Howl: Resurrection of the Wild Woman 21
La Loba, The Wolf Woman
The Four Rabbinim
2. Stalking the Intruder: the Beginning Initiation 35
Bluebeard
The Natural Predator of the Psyche
Naive Women as Prey
The Key to Knowing: The Importance of Snuffling
The Animal Groom
Blood Scent
Backtracking and Looping
Giving the Cry
The Sin-eaters
The Dark Man in Women's Dreams
3. Nosing Out the Facts: the Retrieval of Intuition as Initiation 70
The Doll in Her Pocket: Vasalisa the Wise
Task 1 Allowing the Too-Good Mother to Die
Task 2 Exposing the Crude Shadow
Task 3 Navigating in the Dark
Task 4 Facing the Wild Hag
Task 5 Serving the Non-Rational
Task 6 Separating This from That
Task 7 Asking the Mysteries
Task 8 Standing on All Fours
Task 9 Recasting the Shadow
4. The Mate: Union with the Other 111
Hymn for the Wild Man: Manawee
The Dual Nature of Women
The Power of Two
The Power of Name
The Tenacious Dog Nature
Creeping Seductive Appetite
Achieving Fierceness
The Interior Woman
5. Hunting: When the Heart is a Lonely Hunter 127
Skeleton Woman: Facing the Life/Death/Life Nature of Love
Death in the House of Love
The First Phases of Love
The Accidental Finding of Treasure
The Chase and the Hiding
Untangling the Skeleton
The Sleep of Trust
Giving the Tear
The Later Phases of Love
Heart as Drum and Singing Up
The Dance of Body and Soul
6. Finding One's Pack: Belonging as Blessing 164
The Ugly Duckling
Exile of the Unmatched Child
Kinds of Mothers
The Ambivalent Mother
The Collapsed Mother
The Child Mother and the Unmothered Mother
The Strong Mother, The Strong Child
Bad Company
Not Looking Right
Frozen Feeling, Frozen Creativity
The Passing Stranger
Exile as Boon
The Uncombed Cats and Cross-Eyed Hens of the World
Remembrance and Continuance No Matter What
Love for the Soul
The Mistaken Zygote
7. Joyous Body: the Wild Flesh 197
Body Talk
The Body in Fairy Tales
The Power of the Haunches
La Mariposa, Butterfly Woman
8. Self-Preservation: Identifying Leg Traps, Cages, and Poisoned Batt 213
The Feral Woman
The Red Shoes
Brutal Loss in Fairy Tales
The Handmade Red Shoes
The Traps
Trap #1 The Gilded Carriage, the Devalued Life
Trap #2 The Dry Old Woman, the Senescent Force
Trap #3 Burning the Treasure, Hambre del Alma, Soul Famine
Trap #4 Injury to Basic Instinct, the Consequence of Capture
Trap #5 Trying to Sneak a Secret Life, Split in Two
Trap #6 Cringing Before the Collective, Shadow Rebellion
Trap #7 Faking It, Trying to be Good, Normalizing the Abnormal
Trap #8 Dancing Out of Control, Obsession and Addiction
Addiction
At the Executioner's House
Trying to Take Shoes Off, Too Late
Returning to Life Made by Hand, Healing Injured Instincts
9. Homing: Returning to Oneself 255
Sealskin, Soulskin
Loss of Sense of Soul as Initiation
Losing One's Pelt
The Lonely Man
The Spirit Child
Drying Out and Crippling
Hearing the Old One's Call
Staying Overlong
Cutting Loose, Diving In
The Medial Woman: Breathing Under Water
Surfacing
The Practice of Intentional Solitude
Women's Innate Ecology
10. Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life 297
La Llorona
The Pollution of the Wild Soul
Poison in the River
Fire on the River
The Man on the River
Taking Back the River
Focus and the Fantasy Mill
The Little Match Girl
Staving Off Creative Fantasy
Renewing the Creative Fire
The Three Gold Hairs
11. Heat: Retrieving a Sacred Sexuality 334
The Dirty Goddesses
Baubo: The Belly Goddess
Coyote Dick
A Trip to Rwanda
12. Marking Territory: the Boundaries of Rage and Forgiveness 346
The Crescent Moon Bear
Rage as Teacher
Bringing in the Healer: Climbing the Mountain
The Spirit Bear
The Transformative Fire and Right Action
Righteous Rage
The Withered Trees
Descansos
Injured Instinct and Rage
Collective Rage
Stuck in Old Rage
Four Stages of Forgiveness
13. Battle Scars: Membership in the Scar Clan 374
Secrets as Slayers
The Dead Zone
The Woman With Hair of Gold
The Scapecoat
14. La Selva Subterranea: Initiation in the Underground Forest 387
The Handless Maiden
Stage 1 The Bargain Without Knowing
Stage 2 The Dismemberment
Stage 3 The Wandering
Stage 4 Finding Love in the Underworld
Stage 5 The Harrowing of the Soul
Stage 6 The Realm of the Wild Woman
Stage 7 The Wild Bride and Bridegroom
15. Shadowing: Canto Hondo, the Deep Song 456
16. The Wolf's Eyelash 462
Afterword: Story as Medicine 466
Addendum 474
Notes 479
Education of a Young Wolf: A Bibliography 507
Acknowledgments 514
Index 519
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    Great Read!

    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.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

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    Woman Who Run With the Wolves

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Inspiring and helpful - a must read!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Enthralling

    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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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Every woman should read this book.

    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.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Very good

    Excellent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    A mirror to my soul

    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 .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    A great book for women!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Helped/Helps me through changes in life`

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    Life changing

    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

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