Well, I'll start with low self-esteem and how it has been a blessing. It might seem odd for somebody to say this, but I believe that my low self-esteem has definitely made me become more introspective and understanding of myself, even though I'm constantly battling thoughts that I recgonise as untrue.
I told my counsellor this, and she basically said: While it's true that I'd like to improve my esteem. I am also resistant to changing because of the advantanges I might lose while doing so. It's all interesting to me, especially with the discovery of depressive realism. Interesting, that these people aren't subjected to as much self-serving bias. Having said that, it's always possible that they over-attribute things that they aren't responsible for to themselves, so in that sense it'd still be an inaccurate view of the world.
Anyhow, I'm wondering if anybody else also views states that they have experienced or experiencing as a good thing in some twisted ways.