The book is a classic and one that can be read in many ways! The stories are well told and entertaining in themselves. It is also a wonderful reference book about archetypes. But if you want to go deeper, this a a book that can enrich any womans journey to self discovery. The more you put into it, the more you will get. I highly recommend reading it, and re-reading it.
I really wanted to like this book, and I did read all the way through it, and although the intention the author had did seem interesting ... I just couldn't get into it. It was just too new agey, and few of the stories were ones I had ever heard of or even could identify with. Some of it also seemed quite forced/contrived, I thought
According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices. The tales here, from various cultures, are not necessarily about wolves; instead, they illuminate fresh perspectives on relationships, self-image, even addiction. An African tale of twins who baffle a man represents the dual nature of woman; from the Middle East, a story about a threadbare but secretly magic carpet shows society's failure to look beyond appearances. Three brief, ribald stories advocate a playful, open sexuality; other examples suggest ways to deal with anger and jealousy. At times, Estes's commentary--in which she urges readers to draw upon and enjoy their Wild Woman aspects--is hyperbolic, but overall her widely researched study offers usable advice for modern women.
This is probably the most influential book I've read. It was given to me by a woman in her late 60s years ago; she referred to it then as her "Bible." Since that time, I've read and re-read this book for its lyric and profound insights -- but also to explore my own reactions to the text. What resonates one year is often not the same in another. The process of reading and thinking about the book becomes a mirror for my inner life. If you give it a chance, your life will likely. That can sometimes be difficult, though, so pick it up when you need courage or you feel like you need change.
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This book is certainly a must read for "women" of all ages. Clarissa Pinkola Estes takes you on a journey through the DNA of oral history, tapping into elements of your subconscious, awakening not only your imagination but a aspect of your spirit connected to all those stories that have not been lost to us entirely. Reading this book is a vital part of the journey toward self awareness.
According to the author, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. The author uses folklore, fairytales and dream symbols to explain her perspectives on relationships and self-image. This book shows women how to cultivate a healing, loving attiude, without becoming a "doormat."
Very thorough and comprehensive book for anyone interested in womens' issues, myths and stories. Inspirational for anyone wanting to capture the "wild woman archetype". Very spiritual. A great wealth of information.
Classic collection of women's archetype stories by a talented teacher and psychologist. Should be on the bookshelf of every woman who believes in herself, and should be given to every girl-child who comes of age.
J Line - reviewed Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype on
In a series of archtypal tales gleaned from the oral history of cultures around the world, the author shines a light on the many ways women are rendered powerless by the taming of their authentic inner "wild woman." This wild woman is not the shame-filled degraded version society paints- unruly and self-destructive -rather the wild woman possesses the natural insticts of The Great Mother that guide, protect, and give life, love and joy. The female reader finds validation where there was once hostility and condemnation. The male reader understands the feminine in a way inspires awe and deep respect for his counterpart. review by J Line
Within every woman there lives a powerful force filled with good instincts, passionate creativity and ageless knowing. The author unfolds intercultural myths in order to help women reconnect with attributes of instinctual nature.