Women Who Run with the Wolves

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Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
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AuthorClarissa Pinkola Estés
CountryUnited States
PublisherBallantine Books
Publication date
Media typePrint

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype is a book by Jungian analyst, author and poet Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D, published in 1992 by Ballantine Books. It spent 145 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list over a three-year span, a record at the time.[1]. Estés won a Las Primeras Award from the Mexican American Women's Foundation for being the First Latina on the New York Times Best Seller list.[2] The book also appeared on other best seller lists, including USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal.

Estés had been producing popular audiotapes of her stories and research and was approached by publishers to turn them into a book.[1]

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Estés analyses myths, fairy tales, folk tales and stories from different cultures to uncover the Wild Woman archetype of the feminine psyche. The book stems from these interpretations of old tales and creates this wolf-woman parallel, by incorporating her own previous studies that suggest "wolves and women are relational by nature."[3] The notion of the archetype is associated with the work of Carl Jung. Estés produces this new collection of words to describe the female psyche in Women who Run with the Wolves as it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul. [4]


  1. ^ a b Sylvia Mendoza, The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success, Adams Media, 2004, p. 221.
  2. ^ "A Legacy of Latina Leadership: Las Primeras Awardees, 1990-2014" (PDF). MANA, A National Latina Organization.
  3. ^ Johnson, Dirk. "Conversations/Clarissa Pinkola Estes; A Message for All Women: Run Free and Wild Like the Wolf". Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  4. ^ "Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype - Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés". www.clarissapinkolaestes.com. Retrieved 2018-10-26.