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Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman (Classic Edition) [Paperback]

Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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7 Feb 2008 Classic Edition

'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

In the classic Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells us about the 'wild woman', the wise and ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power. For centuries, the 'wild woman' has been repressed by a male-orientated value system which trivialises women's emotions. Using a combination of time-honoured stories and contemporary casework, Estes reveals that the 'wild woman' in us is innately healthy, passionate and wise.

Thoughtfully written and compelling in its arguments, Women Who Run With The Wolves gives readers a new sense of direction, a self confidence and purpose in their lives.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Rider; Classic Ed edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846041090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846041099
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book offers a life-enhancing way to make contact with our deep feminine instincts: the wild woman within" (Irish Times)

"All women should read this. In fact, mothers should pass the knowledge contained in these pages down to their daughters as they turn 16. It's insightful and inspirational and gets you back in touch with your authentic self" (T4 presenter June Sarpong)

"A wonderful book...for anybody who cares about their relationships and their lives" (Anne Devlin, playwright)

"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)


All women should read this. In fact, mothers should pass the knowledge contained in these pages down to their daughters as they turn 16. It's insightful and inspirational and gets you back in touch with your authentic self

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146 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very important reading for modern women 15 Feb 2004
This is simply one of the most important and helpful books I've read. So many women today are struggling with depression, stress, or a sense of simply being unfulfilled. I know, I'm one. More and more we turn to destructive behaviours - maybe drinking, drugs, soul-destroying relationships or jobs .... or we try to be a 'good girl' at all costs. What is it that we're missing in our lives and in our hearts and souls? I looked and looked for a long time. Even modern psychology seemed to anger and depress me as so much of it is tainted with seemingly un-noticed and unchallengable patriarchy and prejudice. This book touched, thrilled and enlightened me. It doesn't patronise, it doesn't proscribe and it doesn't lump 'women' into a one-size-fits-all category as so many other Jungian based texts seem to do. It's just a starting point, of course, for reinventing and improving your life - both inner and outer life. The book won't do the work for you. But it may well present you with options, ideas and perspectives that hadn't struck you before. I'd recommend this book to all 'seekers' as well as to therapists, mothers, daughters and indeed fathers, boyfriends and husbands who want to break the cycle.
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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasured book of loving wisdom 21 May 2007
By Eva E.
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When I turned thirteen my mum gave me a copy of this book, telling me, "This is a book that no woman should be without." I was thrilled with having a "grown-up" book, and treasured it. It took me several years to understand it enough to read beyond the wonderful stories...but then one day I started reading and it all just clicked. I couldn't put it down and it has been my constant companion ever since.

This is a beautifully written book made up of many stories, some well-known and others less so, explanations of these stories and what they can teach us about ourselves and advice on how to implement these insights for the maximum feeling of freedom and happiness in our everyday life. This book has helped me through many times when I was in need of comfort and strength and will help me through more to come.

Whether reading the stories or the interpretations of them, it is like reading pure poetry. Clarissa Estes speaks with wisdom about things that she has obviously spent her life studying and learning.

One reviewer talked about this as being a book for man-haters. I have been reading it for well over 10 years now and I never ever got that impression. I don't see why glorifying the feminine has to equal hating the masculine. For me this book is about feeling more empowered in myself as a woman, and not anything to do with the putting down of men.

I have recommended it to many friends, as well as buying it for one (who loves it as much as I do), and I am planning on giving it to more friends soon. Give yourself a treat and buy it today, it's a purchase that will last you a lifetime.
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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most comfortable read of my life 10 Feb 2005
By A Customer
This is a truly beautiful work of truth that any woman can find comfort in - when i am feeling anxious i pick it up and i am put at ease and inspired to make my next move with a clearer head and heart. I have surpressed my intuition for a while now and have been suffering panic attacks and feelings of complete betrayel (to myself) and shame in the face of society's expectations for me to conform and ignore my female emotions. But this book has highlighted what i always knew: i am the only one that i should listen to. When i put it down i have a stronger heart and a quicker mind and i would recommend this book to any woman going through powerful and frightening change -this book will become your best reference for a fulfilling way forward.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth, truthful, and real - I love it! 16 Jun 2010
As a long time lover of fairytales and having a keen interest in all mind, body and spirit matters, this book really appealed to me, and it didn't disappoint!

As the daughter of a narcissistic mother I had felt I had totally lost touch with my femininity and what it means to be a woman, due to a lack of a good female role model in my life. For that reason this book spoke to me in so many ways, it reminded me of the things I'd always known but had forgotten and provided me with subtle guidance and reassurance that I've been unable to find from the 'real' women in my life. This book has been another helping hand on my journey to having the confidence to live my life for me and follow my dreams.

There's a lot to take in, but it is beautifully written and a fantastic insight into how healing stories can be. A book I will turn to again and again when I'm feeling lost, and one I will recommend to any woman who feels she's lost her way and needs to find herself again. It's down to earth, truthful and real. I love it!

Thank you Clarissa!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly powerful wonderful book 23 Feb 2010
By newbela
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I first bought the book in 1994, and only finished it in 2004, which felt like a great pace to read it! I'd open the book on a random page, then find that story would be perfect for my life, for maybe a good year or so. I matured and grew into a woman as i read it. Once I eventually did finish it, i then read it again, cover to cover, in about two weeks! I'd equate this book to a bible, in that way. You could read it cover to cover, but that's no more a right way to read in, then diving in randomly is. I still have my moments where I just know I need another quick peek. This book is threaded into my life.

Once you've read it, you can generally work out which other women you know have too, and if you thought they had, but they hadn't, then you know what to get them as a perfect present!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt get on with it at all
Got this on recommendation and after reading various reviews. Maybe Im thick/stupid... but just couldnt get on with this book at all. Read more
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Excellent read, I would definitely recommend this book, it's great , easy to read as well well done to Clarissa!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear am I the only one!
Having read all the pseudo feminist clap trap about how great this is I bought it to read. I'm a psychologist so acquainted with the theories and models inherent within the book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This should be required reading for all young women. One that I will pass on to my friends' daughters. One to read and re-visit frequently. Very clear and empowering.
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Initially, I found the lyrical style of writing a little new-age and off putting. However, perseverance allowed me to glean the magic within, and soon I welcomed the unique style... Read more
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Only 10 years after buying WWRWTW did I read it in entirety. it is equally useful in 'emergency' - how to manage/deal with x emotion. Read more
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Not an easy or quick read, but something to reflect on over time and sure to find ready applications in one's own personal life.
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