When you think of compassion, what comes to mind? Kindness, understanding, tenderness, empathy, maybe warmth? Compassion can be all those things – but it is much more.

Drawing on his many years of experience as a clinical psychologist and researcher, Dr James Kirby brings together hard science and real life examples to offer a guide to a more compassionate life and society.

Kirby debunks the myth that compassion is simply a feeling and shows us how it is a motivational force that can shape our behaviour and relationships with each other and the world. He considers how it might help with self-criticism, parenting and grief, and he explores what part artificial intelligence might play in a compassionate future.

In this engaging and timely book, Kirby traverses philosophy, psychology and pop culture to show how we can choose compassion to make our lives healthier, happier and more meaningful.

James lives in Brisbane with his wife Cassie and two children, Fletcher and Sofia. James is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland and is an Honorary Associate Professor at Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University in California.

James is also the Co-Director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group and can be heard on radio, podcasts, articles and television as an expert in his field.

When he’s not drinking coffee, James can be heard cheering on the Broncos.