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

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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.

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"A deeply spiritual book....She honors what is tough, smart and untamed in women. She venerates the female soul." The Washington Post Book World

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"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

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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. 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.

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Holly Blakeslee, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Holly Blakeslee)
Ms. Estes writes to the heart of every woman. I have bought numerous copies of this book and given them to my friends. Not to overstate, but I feel this book changed me, helped me, nearly saved me in a way. The fact that she uses parables and folk tales and myths and stories from all cultures and spanning years of human existence - is a phenomenal way to share her psychoanalytical insights. She is helping me heal my 'injured intuition' and has given me the tools to do so - all in 'Women Who Run With the Wolves.' I am so grateful I found this book. Thank you, Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345396815
Subtitle:
Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Author:
Estes Ph.D, Clarissa Pinkola
Author:
Estes, Clarissa Pinkola
Author:
Estes Phd, Clarissa Pinkola
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Mythology and folklore
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Archetype (psychology)
Subject:
Wild women.
Subject:
Archetype
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- Psychology.
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
103-272
Publication Date:
19950822
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.32x6.24x1.20 in. 1.23 lbs.

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Product details 560 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345396815 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A deeply spiritual book....She honors what is tough, smart and untamed in women. She venerates the female soul."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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. 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.
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