Women Who Run With the Wolves

Women Who Run With the Wolves

Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Book - 1992
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Random House, Inc.
"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
Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller shows how women's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconsious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, Dr. Estes helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.
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.

Baker & Taylor
A Jungian analyst explores the feminine psyche through stories of "wild women"--the mythological archetype of the strong, primitive woman

Blackwell North Amer
Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller, shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the bins of the female unconscious. In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes uses multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from over twenty years of research that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.
Dr. Estes collects the bones of many stories, looking for the archetypal motifs that set a woman's inner life into motion. "La Loba" teaches about the transformative function of the psyche. In "Bluebeard", we learn what to do with wounds that will not heal; in "Skeleton Woman", we glimpse the mystical power of relationship and how dead feelings can be revived; "Vasalisa the Wise" brings our lost womanly instincts to the surface again; "The Handless Maiden" recovers the Wild Woman initiation rites; and "The Little Match Girl" warns against the insidious dangers of a life spent in fantasy.
In these and other stories, we focus on the many qualities of Wild Woman. We retrieve, examine, love, and understand her, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.
In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and lifegiving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.

Baker
& Taylor

A Jungian analyst explores the feminine psyche through stories of "wild women"--the mythological archetype of the strong, primitive woman. 115,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345377449
0345377443
Characteristics: xiii, 520 p. ; 24 cm

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bunnayy
Nov 30, 2016

Everyone everywhere should read this book, the earlier in life the better. Fantastic to read and reread. I am myself fearlessly and authentically, resulting in my relationship with myself, the people around me, and life being more loving, compassionate and happy.

floweroflife Oct 22, 2012

I am stronger and wiser after reading this book. Empowering.

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Browncoat
Aug 25, 2012

So I had to return this book before I finished reading it, but I liked it enough that I have ordered a copy for myself off amazon.ca. The author provides a different myth or story in each chapter, then analyzes the story using psychological terms. It's an analysis of the female soul, telling us what happens when it is damaged and acknowledging the way that society encourages women to be less than who we are. It's brilliant. I think every woman should read this book. I know that I'll be reading it more than once!

CGorham Oct 24, 2011

This is a must-read for every living being. Pinkola Estes weaves together stories of healing, discovery, and acceptance by combining her incredible skill with familiar folktales, and psychoanalysis that leave the reader with a sense of purpose, a sense of hope, a desire to confront what is not healthy and soul-nurturing in our lives. These are empowering, sometimes hard to swallow, medicine stories about the strength of the Wild Woman within us all.

It is a book you will always learn from regardless of how many times you've read it.

LifeofCat Sep 20, 2011

A great read about the female archetype, comparing women to wolves in their strength, grace and loyalty (in the style of Jung).

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