Thoughts on: Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estรฉs

Women Who Run With The Wolves explores folk tales and myths through a jungian lens with the intent to help women reconnect to the instinctual self, the Wild Woman archetype.


๐Ÿ“ Classic tale beginning:

โ€œโ€œOnce there was, and ones there was not…โ€ This paradoxical phrase is meant to alert the soul of the listener that this story takes place in the world between worlds where nothing is as it first seems.โ€

๐Ÿ“ The animus can pollute your flow of creativity with self doubt. One with a polluted river will not be able to take compliments; โ€œBeautiful? This old thing? Well, it nothing really, look at all the mistakes I madeโ€.

A well-developed animus has excellent borders. An artist that puts up a sign outside her house: โ€œI am working today and am not receiving visitors. I know you think this doesnโ€™t mean you because you are my banker, agent, or best friend. But it does.โ€ ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

๐Ÿ“ Original stories where often morphed to fit religious beliefs. Pagan symbols became Christian symbols. Sexual parts where removed and animals became demons. ๐Ÿฆ โ€”> ๐Ÿ‘น

๐Ÿ“ There is no more reliable sign that a person has spent time with Ugly Duckling status at some point or all her life than her inability to digest a sincere compliment. We have all know people like this… ๐Ÿฆ† ๐Ÿฆข

๐Ÿ“โ€œSometime educated guesses can be made about the wounds of childhood by closely inspecting what matters adults irrationally lose their tempers overโ€.

๐Ÿ“ โ€œIf you donโ€™t go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen and your life will never beginโ€ ๐ŸŒฒ


Itโ€™s beautifully written, very mystical in its tone, and I can sense the impact this book must have had on women throughout the years. As a male reader I canโ€™t fully relate to all aspects of it – and itโ€™s ok, itโ€™s not written for me -but there is a lot of value in this book nevertheless.

For me the biggest takeaways are the stories themselves and their interpretation. I also found the chapter of creativity truly profound.

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3/5


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