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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ISBN-13: 9780345409874
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 571
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
Forewordxvii
Introduction: Singing Over the Bones1
The Stories
1.The Howl: Resurrection of the Wild Woman21
La Loba, The Wolf Woman
The Four Rabbinim
2.Stalking the Intruder: the Beginning Initiation35
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 Initiation70
The Doll in Her Pocket: Vasalisa the Wise
Task 1Allowing the Too-Good Mother to Die
Task 2Exposing the Crude Shadow
Task 3Navigating in the Dark
Task 4Facing the Wild Hag
Task 5Serving the Non-Rational
Task 6Separating This from That
Task 7Asking the Mysteries
Task 8Standing on All Fours
Task 9Recasting the Shadow
4.The Mate: Union with the Other111
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 Hunter127
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 Blessing164
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 Flesh197
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 Batt213
The Feral Woman
The Red Shoes
Brutal Loss in Fairy Tales
The Handmade Red Shoes
The Traps
Trap #1The Gilded Carriage, the Devalued Life
Trap #2The Dry Old Woman, the Senescent Force
Trap #3Burning the Treasure, Hambre del Alma, Soul Famine
Trap #4Injury to Basic Instinct, the Consequence of Capture
Trap #5Trying to Sneak a Secret Life, Split in Two
Trap #6Cringing Before the Collective, Shadow Rebellion
Trap #7Faking It, Trying to be Good, Normalizing the Abnormal
Trap #8Dancing 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 Oneself255
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 Life297
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 Sexuality334
The Dirty Goddesses
Baubo: The Belly Goddess
Coyote Dick
A Trip to Rwanda
12.Marking Territory: the Boundaries of Rage and Forgiveness346
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 Clan374
Secrets as Slayers
The Dead Zone
The Woman With Hair of Gold
The Scapecoat
14.La Selva Subterranea: Initiation in the Underground Forest387
The Handless Maiden
Stage 1The Bargain Without Knowing
Stage 2The Dismemberment
Stage 3The Wandering
Stage 4Finding Love in the Underworld
Stage 5The Harrowing of the Soul
Stage 6The Realm of the Wild Woman
Stage 7The Wild Bride and Bridegroom
15.Shadowing: Canto Hondo, the Deep Song456
16.The Wolf's Eyelash462
Afterword: Story as Medicine466
Addendum474
Notes479
Education of a Young Wolf: A Bibliography507
Acknowledgments514
Index519

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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. 27 reviews.
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.
FancyFractals on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A good book for young women to read.
SheilahVance on LibraryThing 28 days 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 28 days 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 28 days ago
Changed My Life. Deep reading and well worth it.
LBM007 on LibraryThing 28 days 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.
fraise on LibraryThing 28 days 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 5 months 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 5 months 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!!!