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. Estes 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. Estes 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.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.82(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.01(d)|
About the Author
Clarissa Pinkola Estés is an American poet, author, and spoken word artist.
Table of Contents
|The Bounty of Wild Woman|
|Introduction: Singing Over the Bones||1|
|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|
|The Natural Predator of the Psyche|
|Naive Women as Prey|
|The Key to Knowing: The Importance of Snuffling|
|The Animal Groom|
|Backtracking and Looping|
|Giving the Cry|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Cutting Loose, Diving In|
|The Medial Woman: Breathing Under Water|
|The Practice of Intentional Solitude|
|Women's Innate Ecology|
|10.||Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life||297|
|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|
|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|
|The Withered Trees|
|Injured Instinct and 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|
|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|
|Education of a Young Wolf: A Bibliography||507|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Women Who Run With the Wolves : Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
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.
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.
A good book for young women to read.
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.
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.
Changed My Life. Deep reading and well worth it.
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.
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.
A book that I have returned to many times over the last decade or more, Estes analyses of women in folklore and mythology resonate with me deeply. Women Who Run with the Wolves is a book that can be read over and over, and some new insight - about oneself or our relationship with our environment - will be gained. A beautiful marriage of psychology and feminist spirituality, this is one of my most cherished reads.
Very enjoyable use of myth and legend to explore elements of the female psyche. Some aspects were a bit overdone and I found the explanations to be a bit lengthy for my taste, but overall it was an interesting and very well written book. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes the use of myths, stories or fairy tales in gaining greater understanding.
A very special book for our bookclub 'The Wolves' named after this our first book. It took us a year to read it - sometimes we only got through one story a month. Thanks to the amazing expertise and life experience of women in the group, especially leader of the pack and Wolf mother, Shirley Trippe, we extracted so much inspiration and discussion from the Jungian themes and rich stories. Wolves, both book and book club made a major contribution to my literary and spiritual growth.The Wolf Rules for Life1 Eat2 Rest3 Rove in between4 Render loyalty5 Love the children6 Cavil in moonlight7 Tune your ears8 Attend to the bones9 Make love10 Howl often
An amazingly insightful and inspiring book, making you look at both fairy tales and women across society in a new and uplifting manner. It's a great book for discussion and to understand things about your life and relationship with the natural and wild world. Worth many rereadings!
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.
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.
This is really fascinating. It ties in women's psychology with story telling traditions in a really effective way.
Finding this book was the purest accident. I started reading the introduction while in the bookstore and started crying, right there in public. This is officially my favorite book. I simply had to have it in hardcover - I half-destroyed my paperback before I even finished it.
An excellent book. A bit long and slow at times, but very interesting and informative. I read it when I was studying spirituality in the USA. It has an important place in understanding the jigsaw which makes up human spirituality.
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.