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Harmonology: An Insider's Guide to Healthy Relationships Through Music is a non-fiction motivational book written by Stephen John O'Connor. O'Connor is a life-long musician and composer who has also delved into metaphysics and spirituality. In Harmonology, he presents a way of understanding how one's relationships with partners, friends and families are affected by the corresponding distances between months of birth. He analogizes from the 12-note musical scale to how vibrations or energy resonate between people. Notes that play smoothly together correspond to relationships where the number assigned to each month signals harmonious interactions. Discordant pairs of notes and their matching months can result in strained relationships. O'Connor provides charts that enable the reader to better understand the dynamics of any relationship. He also provides stories of couples who participated in his research to demonstrate how their interactions could be predicted by the degree of consonance or dissonance in their relationship. He also includes a list of cited readings in the appendix.
Stephen John O'Connor's non-fiction work, Harmonology: An Insider's Guide to Healthy Relationships Through Music, presents an intriguing, music-based approach to understanding the dynamics of relationships. As I read through the text, I started checking out some of the good and not-so-good relationships in my life, and O'Connor's system was pretty accurate. It helped me understand how and why repeated efforts to have pleasant and mellow conversations with some relatives just doesn't work, but, more importantly, Harmonology seems to offer insights and understanding to help bridge those divides. I enjoyed seeing how the author was able to make the connection between harmonious notes and relationships, and found the case studies he presents to be very helpful in understanding his theory. No, it's not science, as O'Connor readily admits, but it does offer an improved understanding of the relationships in one's lives, and that's a very good thing. Harmonology: An Insider's Guide to Healthy Relationships Through Music is recommended reading.