For those who have used self-help workbooks and want to experience a new way to
search and examine their souls, Happy Friend's new motivational CD-Rom The Goalkeeper is a
project manager with a spiritual motivational twist. The CD can
also be used as a simple project organizer of practical goals.
But however it is used, its electronic format is not for everyone. Those who are habitual computer users might like it. Those
who prefer to do their psychological self-discovery work may
prefer an actual book.
primary aim is to help its user achieve meaningful goals. To help in this
aspiration, this multimedia CD-ROM uses creative drawings, music and insightful
questions to enable the software user to feel safe as certain issues are
Some of the CD-ROM's menu categories are:
The user's answers are saved to the user's
- an "Introduction," in which
creator Andrea Renaud introduces herself and gives the user a bit of
her philosophy and history.
- The "Advice" link, which explores
these philosophies even further. By clicking on questions such as
"What makes me angry?", "What habits do I want to break?" and
"What reasons do I have for living?" the user not only gets a
chance to declare something about herself but to see many
drawings and inspirational quotes.
- The project manager aspect of
this software can be found in the "To-Do List," "Goals" and
"Wish List" sections.
The format is the problem. This is a program. It is not a book.
To coin an old phrase, the fact that it is a computer program is
its blessing and its curse. Interactive CD-ROMs are a treat for
those who avoid books, or those who prefer a more interactive
workbook. A teenager might be more likely to explore his/her
identity as an interactive game than to read a self-help
workbook. This is the computer generation, after all. But there
are other complications. There is no accompanying workbook, for
instance. In a workbook, one can access one's insights by simply
turning the page. The idea of booting up one's computer simply to
add some new realization about one's goals or anger or justice
issues is hard to swallow for those of us who much prefer taking
a book to bed. And aren't many workbooks usually worked on around
bedtime? Movement through the program is intuitive -- for those
who know computers. But for those people who are just learning
basic computer skills, codes, and menus, the lack of adequate
directions in the CD-ROM's jewel case will present a problem.
The program does not have a minimize button that I could find.
This means that once you're in the program, you're in for the
haul. Insights about the self and the world often do not come at
the seeker's behest. They often come when one is least prepared
for them. Likewise, most people who use computers often find
themselves jumping from one program or another as insights or
requirements lead them. The user of The Goalkeeper program may
not like the idea of continually opening and closing the program.
This program is for those who intend to sit down and devote long
blocks of uninterrupted time to this.
Renaud is gently new-age, friendly and
encouraging. The Goalkeeper would be a good gift for those who
want to know themselves and need good insightful psychological
tools to help them on their journey. Better workbooks are on the
market. And more helpful project and goal managers. But none
more encouraging and none more suited for this generation.