Joshua Marcus

Content Strategist, Copywriter, Editor, Ghostwriter, Writer

Article and Blog Writer in the Mental Health and Wellness Niche

Be brave.

That's my mantra as a writer, no matter what the content. When I'm writing articles and blogs, my primary aim is to create shareable content that pushes boundaries. It takes courage to create something new, because writing is at its most powerful when it is brutally honest.

I work primarily as a content creator for mental health startups. Having studied psychology for 4 years, mental health and wellness is my passion. I've been on both sides of the couch, and I have an in-depth understanding of personality struggles, mental illness, and what it means to get well.

Born and raised in South Africa, I currently live in Jakarta, Indonesia, but love being on the move. I'm currently working on my first novel, which delves into the meaning of reality, sleep, and self-actualised animals!
Content Types
Article, Ebook, Website Copy, Blog Post
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Unisa, Psychology (Postgraduate)

Published Content

Are Polyamorous Relationships The New Normal?
February 5th, 2019
The Benefits Of Listening To A Mental Health Podcast
February 19th, 2019
Questions To Ask Your Therapist: Investing In Your Mental Health
January 18th, 2019
Blog Post
Who Am I? The Role Of Depression In My Queer Identity

Ten years ago, I was well on my way to becoming a rabbi. I had been studying in a yeshiva, a religious institution for young Jewish men, for three years. In just another four years, I could officially become Rabbi Joshua Marcus. After that, I’d either teach at a school or lead a congregation or both. I would get married somewhere along the way, and have two or three children, who I would raise in the faith. But in my fourth year, I slowly came to accept what I’d suspected all along. My life was never going to be that straightforward. I could never be a rabbi or teach Torah. I could never marry a religious woman and raise Jewish children. There was something fundamentally wrong with me.

December 3rd, 2018
Blog Post
Does Gay Shame Ever Go Away?

In the final Harry Potter book, Harry meets Dumbledore in an ethereal version of King’s Cross Station. With them there is a creature, a repulsive, whimpering childlike form, lying helpless on the ground. It is meant to represent what remains of Voldemort’s mangled soul. It also somehow perfectly embodies the way I see myself.

December 12th, 2018
Blog Post
Skills For Managing Conflict In A Healthy Relationship

Conflict is an inevitable part of any relationship, and romantic relationships are no exception. You and your partner come from different contexts and both have triggers and defenses that neither of you may be aware of. Whether you’re just starting a relationship, or whether you have been living together for years, conflicts will continue to arise. Managing conflict effectively is, therefore, key for maintaining a healthy relationship.

January 25th, 2019
Blog Post
Am I Crazy? What It Means To Need Professional Help

Have you ever asked yourself “Am I crazy?” Maybe you did an online test to see if you could be classified as crazy, or if there was anything “wrong” with you. The easy answer to this question is no, you are not crazy. The term “crazy” is commonly used in a colloquial sense to describe anything from losing one’s temper to experiencing a psychotic break. It is certainly not used as a medical diagnosis.

December 21st, 2018
Blog Post
Marriage Therapy: Why I Try To Sabotage My Perfect Life

Even as a child, I could tell my parents’ marriage was a mess. My mother hurled insults at my father, denigrating him for not being able to hold down a job, provoking him with stories of past lovers who would have been far better husbands. My father saw my mother as a child and, although he did not voice his feelings the way she did, he barely concealed his contempt for her. Nonetheless, they never seemed to consider divorce. And since theirs was the only marriage I’d been able to witness firsthand, a lot of my implicit beliefs about romantic relationships came from them.

November 14th, 2018
Blog Post
How Psychology Deals With The Concept Of “Toxic Masculinity”

There’s been a lot of discussion in the media over the last couple years about the topic of “toxic masculinity.” Some commentators seem to blame it for all the world’s problems, while others feel the term itself is an attack on all men, no matter what their backgrounds. It is difficult to find a measured view of what toxic masculinity is, detached from personal opinions and judgments. If you look at Twitter conversations on the subject, you will find anger and rhetoric, often along political lines.

November 5th, 2018
Blog Post
5 Devastating Truths Religious Gays Wish Our Communities Knew

To my religious community: this is what I want from you. "The gay agenda" is a term invented by right-wing Christian groups, but it reflects how communities of ALL faiths see gay activism. It is seen as an attack on morality. An attempt to recruit new members and the normalizing of a perverted way of life.

April 14th, 2017
Blog Post
Will The Mental Illness Stigma Ever Go Away?

You can live in a society that is open about mental health and you can know others who suffer from mental illness, but still feel ashamed because of it. The reason is that the stigma is not coming (only) from the outside. Underscoring just about all mental illness is the internalised belief that “I am not good enough”, “I am weak”, “The world is better off without me”. Those types of thoughts and the feelings associated with them are symptoms of the depression. They become so ingrained in us that we don’t even think to question them.

May 18th, 2017
Tons Of Straight Men Take Sex Advice From Me, A Gay Writer — And This Is Why
March 31st, 2017
5 Lessons Progressives in the Religious Right Need to Learn About Homosexuality
June 16th, 2016
Why I Secretly Hope God Stays Dead
May 6th, 2016
5 Life-Changing Meditation Lessons (Taught by a Mountain)
January 28th, 2016
My Authentic Life Started The Day I First Held Hands With My Boyfriend
July 20th, 2015
Barack Obama In Blue Suit May Actually Be White President in Gold Suit
March 2nd, 2015
We Need To Break Down Gender Norms About What It Means To Be A Man
June 8th, 2017
This Is Why I No Longer Identify As White
February 22nd, 2017
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