Women Who Run With The Wolves

women who run with the wolves clarissa pinkola estes book review

I can’t even begin to describe this book in a way that does it justice. It can be intimidating at first, especially since Jungian psychology can be a bit off/weird. I highly suggest you look up who Carl Jung was so you can have a better understanding of the points made by the author. Another suggestion is to keep an open mind while reading this book, as not everything is meant to be taken literally. 

The purpose of the book is to explore fairy tales or stories by breaking them down into parts. Each one of the elements represents a part of a woman’s psyche and Pinkola does a wonderful at analyzing each deeply. 

Just a brief FYI, the term psyche means human soul, mind, or spirit. Therefore, psychology initially was defined as the study of the soul. 

It contains a total of 16 chapters, these are some of the stories that were studied:

  • The Wolf Woman (La Loba)
  • Bluebeard
  • Vasalia the Wise
  • Manawee
  • Skeleton Woman
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Red Shoes
  • Sealskin, Soulskin
  • La Llorona
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Crescent Moon Bear
  • The Handless Maiden
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