Women Who Run With the Wolves

Women Who Run With the Wolves

Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Book - 1997
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Book club pick for Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf * "A deeply spiritual book [that] honors what is tough, smart and untamed in women."-- The Washington Post Book World

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. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, 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.

Praise for Women Who Run with the Wolves

" 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

"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 work of Clarissa Pinkola Estés, rooted in old and deep family rites and in archetypal psychology, recognizes that the soul is not lost, but has been put to sleep. 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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997, c1995.
Edition: 1st mass market pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780345409874
Branch Call Number: 398.082 Estes
Characteristics: xvi, 584 p. ;,18 cm.


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Apr 11, 2019

I love this book, the first time that I read this, it was in Spanish and is so amazing, that I recommended it to all my girlfriends, this book brings you a feeling of inner peace. If you are spiritual lost, this is the book for you.

Jul 03, 2018

I originally put this book on hold because it was on Emma Watson's Shared Shelve List of books everyone should read. I am glad that I did. This book should be read in various stages of life, as your life changes you should re-read this book. There is so much meaning and what I got out of the book would be different than what you get out of the book. There is not a universal message but rather one that can be applied within each person's life uniquely. It has changed the way I am going to continue going forward in my life.

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.

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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