The modern Enneagram is personality psychology system that developed from a mystic tradition describing human patterns of self-defense and coping strategies.  The Enneagram is a valuable tool for understanding how our personalities operate to either support flourishing or stifle development and growth.  Understanding your natural talents as well as your self-limiting fears can be extremely useful for clarifying areas to focus work on.  Understanding patterns for personalities can be remarkably helpful for deconstructing defense mechanisms which self-sabotage and limit us.