Gerald Gersham Jampolsky

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Gerald G. Jampolsky
BornGerald Gersham Jampolsky
(1925-02-25) February 25, 1925 (age 97)
Long Beach, California, United States,
OccupationPsychiatrist, writer, public speaker
GenrePsychology, self-help
Notable worksLove is Letting go of Fear (1970), Teach Only Love (1983) Goodbye to Guilt (1985) Out of the Darkness into the Light (1989)

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Gerald Gersham Jampolsky is a psychiatrist who lectures worldwide on spirituality, psychology, health and education. In the 1970s, Jampolsky developed the 12 principles of Attitudinal Healing[1] which formed the basis of his teaching, writing and therapeutic practices from that time on.


Jampolsky was born born on February 11, 1925 in Long Beach, California. After graduating from Stanford Medical School, he went on to hold fellowships in child psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine, working in the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute. Jampolsky did not seem destined for success early on in his life. According to his own account he was a shy clumsy child who suffered from dyslexia before it was recognized as a learning disability and only got into Stanford because they accepted students with a D-minus average at that time.[2] Nonetheless, after graduation Jampolsky had built a career as a successful psychiatrist and international expert on learning disabilities[3] but his personal life was troubled and beset with depression, physical pain, relationship troubles and alcohol addiction. After the end of his twenty-year marriage he began studying A Course in Miracles, and had an epiphany which set him on the road to self-healing.[4] Basing his ideas on a much simplified more user-friendly version of A Course in Miracles cut free of its religious associations, Jampolsky developed the 12 principles of Attitudinal Healing which he published in Love is Letting go of Fear in 1970, and which formed the basis for the workshops and encounter groups in Attitudinal Healing centers, the first of which was opened in Tiburon in 1975. Jamolsky's popularity increased dramatically after Love is Letting Go of Fear was endorsed on Johnny Carson's show in 1978 and became a huge commercial success, reaching sales of 3 million by 1990. [5] Another prominent supporter is Oprah Winfrey who credits Jampolsky as having the most profound impact on her out of all her guests. [6] Winfrey stated that his teaching on forgiveness provided her with a 'transcendent moment' when he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 4, 1990.

As of 2019, 139 attitudinal Healing Centers have been established in 35 countries throughout the world. In 1987, with his second wife Dr. Diane Cirincione he founded an AIDS Hotline for Kids. Dr. Jampolsky is the founder of a non-profit foundation responding to worldwide requests to introduce and mentor culturally appropriate adaptations of Attitudinal Healing; integrating this innovative, time tested psycho-social-spiritual model into every aspect of daily life. Jampolsky has published many books both solo and co-authored, many with Dr. Diane Cirincione. In an interview toward the end of 2017, Jampolsky stated that he had published 20 books to date with worldwide sales of 10 million.[7] His most recent sole-authored book is The ‘Oh Shit’ Factor – Waste Management for Our Minds and with Dr. Cirincione, The Mini Course for Life.


While Jampolsky honors A Course in Miracles as the inspiration for his ideas the official website for Attitudinal Healing quotes Jamoplsky's assertion that it is a therapeutic method and not religious:

Attitudinal Healing is based on the principle that it is not other people or situations that cause us distress. Rather, it is our own thoughts and attitudes that are responsible for our distress, and the actions we take as a result of those thoughts and attitudes can hurt us. Healing results when we concentrate on changing our own attitudes rather than trying to change the attitudes of others. Thus, the goal of Attitudinal Healing is self-healing in the face of each life challenge. Attitudinal Healing is not a religion, nor is it religious. People from many cultures, faiths, and denominations, as well as those who follow no faith at all are welcome to participate. Love Is Letting Go Of Fear 2005 edition.[8]

In this regard, Attitudinal Healing is similar to cognitive behavioral therapy which seeks to help people find healing through addressing their current thought patterns rather than delving into the patients past as in models based on psychoanalysis.

While attitudinal healing may be applied by the individual in their own life, Jampolsky also recommends support groups where those seeking healing may express their feelings and explore ideas in a space free of judgement.

The twelve principles of Attitudinal Healing are as follows.

  • The Essence Of Our Being Is Love
  • Health Is Inner Peace, Healing Is Letting Go Of Fear
  • Giving And Receiving Are The Same
  • We Can Let Go Of The Past And Of The Future
  • Now Is The Only Time There Is And Each Instant Is For Giving
  • We Can Learn To Love Ourselves And Others By Forgiving Rather Than Judging
  • We Can Become Love Finders Rather Than Fault-Finders
  • We Can Choose And Direct Ourselves To Be Peaceful Inside Regardless Of What Is Happening Outside
  • We Are Students And Teachers To Each Other
  • We Can Focus On The Whole Of Life Rather Than The Fragments
  • Since Love Is Eternal, Death Need Not Be Viewed As Fearful
  • We Can Always Perceive Others As Either Loving Or Fearful And Giving A Call Of Help For Love


  • Love Is Letting Go of Fear 1970
  • There Is a Rainbow Behind Every Dark Cloud 1978
  • Children as Teachers of Peace 1982
  • Teach Only Love: Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing 1983
  • Good-Bye to Guilt: Releasing Fear Through Forgiveness 1985
  • To Give is To Receive 1989
  • Out of Darkness into the Light: A Journey of Inner Healing 1989
  • Introduction to a Course in Miracles 1989
  • One Person Can Make the Difference: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary 1990
  • "Me First" and the Gimme Gimmes 1991 With Diane V. Cirincione
  • Finding the Miracle of Love in Your Life 1992
  • Change Your Mind, Change Your Life 1993 With Diane V. Cirincione
  • Another Way of Looking at the World 1993 with Luise L Hay & Diane V. Cirincione
  • Listen to Me: A Book for Women and Men About Father-Son Relationships 1996 With Lee Jampolsky
  • Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer Of All Things 1999
  • Shortcuts to God: Finding Peace Quickly Through Practical Spirituality 2000 Wake-Up Calls 2005 With Diane V. Cirincione
  • A Mini Course for Life 2007 With Diane V. Cirincione
  • Finding Our Way Home: Heartwarming Stories That Ignite Our Spiritual Core 2008 With Diane V. Cirincione
  • The "Oh Shit" Factor: Waste Management for Our Minds 2009
  • Forgiveness is the Key to Happiness 2013 With Diane V. Cirincione
  • Aging With Attitude 2016 With Diane V. Cirincione
  • Simple Thoughts That Can Change Your Life 2017 With Diane V. Cirincione


  • 2015 Ellis Island Medals of Honor (New York City, NY)
  • 2009 Oakland, CA Super Hero Award – Serving the Community
  • 2006 Honolulu, HI Backen/Brown World Integrated Health Award
  • 2005 Washington, DC American Medical Association – Excellence in Medicine - Pride in the Profession Award (GJ only)
  • 2005 Kihei, Hawaii Ghandi-King Season for Non Violence Award
  • 2004 Monterey, CA Golden Works Award
  • 2004 Minneapolis, MN The Light Expressing Award
  • 2003 San Francisco, CA Champions of Forgiveness Award
  • 2002 San Francisco, CA SC - Humanitarian Service Award
  • 2001 London, England World Peace Flame Award
  • 1999 Phoenix, Arizona Lifetime Achievement Award (GJ only)
  • 1995 San Francisco, CA National Humanitarian Homecare Award
  • 1994 Kalamazoo, MI John E. Fetzer Foundation Award
  • 1990 Moscow, Russia Soviet American Citizen Award
  • 1989 Washington, D.C. National Caring Institute Award
  • 1988 San Diego, CA Jehan Sadat Peace Award
  • 1987 Stockholm, Sweden Pan Humanitarian Award[9]


  1. The twelve principles of Attitudinal Healing
  2. Peterson, P “Jerry and Diane Jampolsky”, Marin Magazine, December 2017,
  3. Rovner, S & Y, "Easing Over the Rainbow" Washington Post .April 4 1980
  4. Rovner, S & Y, "Easing Over the Rainbow" Washington Post .April 4 1980
  5. Hammer, O, 2004, Claiming Knowledge : Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age, Studies in the history of religions 90, Brill, Leiden, Boston p451
  6. Capretto, L “In 25 Years Of Shows, This Is The Life Lesson That Affected Oprah The Most” OWN Huffpost 12/22/2016
  7. Peterson, P “Jerry and Diane Jampolsky”, Marin Magazine, December 2017,
  8. Attitudinal Healing - A Practical Spirituality
  9. Awards

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