1) Using the Enneagram to find what your motivations are
2) Using the Enneagram as an "I'm such a special snowflake" badge
3) Using the Enneagram to define your true self
4) Using the Enneagram to find your talents and strengths
....none of these are the true purpose of the Enneagram. the Enneagram measures and explains all of the fucked up neurosis you exhibit deep in your psyche based on improper perspectives that distort your view of reality, your emotional state and your expectations on yourself and the rest of the world. it is not designed to "find your motivations" (these are side effects, not causes, and your motivations are not limited to the side effects of your enneagram type). It is not a tool to describe your true self, make you feel special or good about yourself or tell you how great you are because of XYZ talents and strengths. the majority of the effects of the enneagram on your personality are negative because, again, they are the result of a deluded, out of perspective view of reality and if you are typed correctly (though, there are some positive traits that can come about from this), a good description of your type should make you feel uncomfortable, exposed, and maybe even a little defensive (for some marvelous examples of this, check out some of the "What's my Enneagram Type" threads on personality cafe). for most people, studying the enneagram seriously, it is a hard, reality bitch slap to the ego that forces one to reconsider a great deal of their behavior and preconceptions about reality.