Inner Harmony: Personal Exploration at the Piano guides the reader through a journey of music-making and self exploration. Drawing on existential-phenomenological psychology, Dr. Matthew Giobbi accompanies the reader through their inner, psychical world and provides them with a method for making music from those deepest places. This is a guidebook for getting to know oneself through music-making at the piano.
An “A” Effort teaches you the strategies, habits, and secrets of the best and most successful college students. With over 15 years of experience as a professor and academic researcher, Dr. Giobbi reveals what he has learned about achieving your highest academic potential. You will learn both time-tested and new methods for studying, test-taking, paper writing, and effective classroom learning. Equally useful for the high school or college student, An “A” Effort reveals how anyone can realize their own “A” potential.
In this text Dr. Giobbi moves far past the standard cause and effect thinking that is sometimes associated with media psychology. Much like William James of the early twentieth century, Dr. Giobbi is examining not only the concepts in their own right, but also the relations between such concepts. Dr. Giobbi uses this style to call on a multidiscipline approach to illuminate a detailed understanding. The text touches on concepts ranging from psychology, philosophy, art and neuroscience. This multidiscipline approach creates an all-encompassing approach to media psychology and will expose undergraduate students to a new way of thinking.
In this, his first book, Matthew Giobbi takes the reader from the earliest days of the experimental psychology movement, continues through the media manufacturing of the social “need for psychology,” and brings us to the current political and economic power structure of American psychology. —— As a critical theorist, Giobbi draws the reader’s attention to the unconscious motivations of both the psychologist and the experimental psychology movement itself. He then introduces a way forward through Heidegger and presents a psychological ontology which asks the reader to reconsider what psychology and human Being really are. —— “From an upstart position to a restart opportunity, Giobbi argues for and provides a well-documented background check on the modern paradigm of cognitive psychology–with all of its scientistic and positivistic presumptions. Systematically, yet paralogically, Giobbi turns his readers toward seeing what still remains concealed and hidden in modernist thinking: namely, the “sadomasochistic event” of mind-body split, master-slave relations, and subject-object dualisms. Giobbi prescribes a post-cognitive psychology of unconcealedness by way of a Heideggerian philosophy of Dasein.”
-Victor J. Vitanza, Professor of Rhetoric and Philosophy, EGS