About the Author

Welcome, Friend. I am excited that you stopped by my blog because I write this blog for you. The goal of Love is Stronger is to help people Live from the Inside Out in order to live more resilient lives.

When we Live from the Inside Out, we live from a sense of our own worthiness, capability, and purpose. We have confidence and clarity, and we relate to the world and others primarily from a place of hope. (You can read more about Living from the Inside Out here.)

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Unfortunately, there are many obstacles that get in the way of Living from the Inside Out.

These obstacles may be distorted personal beliefs we have, as well as distorted belief systems we pick up from our culture.

They may be painful emotions or experiences that teach us that we, or parts of us like our body, are unworthy or that creating a better world together is impossible.

Or, these obstacles may be distorted interpersonal and political systems that interfere with our ability to relate in a productive and respectful way with ourselves and one another.

All the posts on Love is Stronger focus on helping us work through these obstacles and on strengthening our power to Live from the Inside Out.

About Me: I have my PhD in philosophy, with a specialty in ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of education.

I wrote my dissertation on education and the good society, and I am especially interested in how we educate ourselves to create a more humane world together. My writing is especially informed by the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, as well as the philosophers Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Herbert Marcuse, bell hooks, and Hannah Arendt.

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I teach a variety of classes at a local college including ethics, philosophy of education, feminist philosophy, philosophy of zombies, and theories of economic justice. I also do research on how to help college students, a people in general, become more resilient, especially by gaining a sense of their own worthiness.

I am the author of three logic and critical thinking textbooks, which are published by Classical Academic Press: Argument Builder, Discovery of Deduction (co-author), and Everyday Debate. I originally wrote these books for middle and high school students, but they are a great for anyone, young adult or adult, who wants to learn to think more clearly and critically.

You can find these books at Classical Academic Press here .

You can also order them from Amazon here:

Everyday Debate (I recommend starting with this one.)

Argument Builder

Discovery of Deduction

A lot of the artwork on my blog is my own.

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I think art is one of the ways we share love with the world, and it often also helps us better understand the concepts we are trying to communicate.

My husband John and I have two adorable cats:

John and I #3

Jackson Lebowski

Jax and drawing

and Leo.

Leo and Snake

You can follow me on FB here or here.

You can follow me on Instagram here.

You can also reach me at at shellypruittjohnson@gmail.com.

Here are some different posts on love you might like to read.

If you would like to learn how to love yourself in a healthy and life-giving way, you might like these posts: 

The Love We Have Been Looking for

Love: The Place We Must Start

Seven Steps to Love: Recovering from Self-Hate

Five Things You Can Do When You Feel Ugly and Gross

Our Hunger, Our Body Mythology, and the Weight We Carry

If you would like to read about the difference between self-love and selfishness and narcissism, you might like these posts:

A Brief Guide to the Difference Between Selfishness and Self-Love

Why Self-Love is Not Selfishness and Narcissism

If you would like to read about our relationships with others, in our political life together, or with the Divine, you  might like these posts:

Four Things You Can Do When People Treat You Unfairly

Zombies, Imitation and Apocalypse, and the Resurrection

Are Your Politics Making You Sick?

Is Your Doctrine Making You Sick?