Joshua Shea works as an author and speaker/presenter sharing his story and educating about addiction. Hear him in episode 44 of The Path to Authenticity.
If your life were a novel, what would be the title?
Joshua Shea: A Cautionary Tale
Where were you born?
Lewiston, Maine
Where is the place you call home?
Auburn, Maine
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Screenwriter and Movie Director
What is your profession?
What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
Stand-up comedy
What is your favorite quote?
“That which is done out of love takes place beyond good and evil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
What is your preferred form of creative expression?
What is your favorite movie, song, and work of art?
Goodfellas, Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2, King Tut’s Death Mask
Who do you admire most?
I admire many people for many reasons. There is no single, clear-cut answer.
Over the course of your life, what is an issue with which you have repeatedly struggled?
Alcoholism, porn addiction, workaholism, egoism, self-centeredness
In childhood, who was your celebrity crush?
Elle MacPherson
What historical figure would you most like to meet?
Jesus Christ
What natural gift or ability would you most like to possess?
Play the piano like a master
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being married for nearly 20 years, although that’s really her achievement.
What quality do you admire most in a person?
Tactful honesty
What is something you would like to learn about?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming
What do you wish more people knew about you?
I’m actually a very shy person
What is your idea of success?
Contentment and the ability to have the things you need
What would you like people to say about you when you’re gone?
Now, THAT is one hell of an obituary.
Pornography-free since March 2014, Joshua believes that if we can begin to talk more about porn addiction and mental health, others may be able to address their addictions before they devolve to the unhealthy levels that he reached. Joshua also addresses a lot to the issues that come with being a partner of a porn addict and raising children in a world of high-speed Internet access. He has written three books, designed an online course for partners and coaches/advises both addicts and partners.