Every now and then I'll go over the topic of self-awareness' use in my head and confront the nobility of the pursuit of self-improvement with the truth in the phrase "Ignorance is bliss".
I look at the more simple-minded and superficial people going about their lives, and notice I don't seem to be necessarily more happy, just because I like to think about stuff like psychology, philosophy or any other so-called deeper topic.
Why is self-awareness beneficial? And to whom is it beneficial?
And if it's meant to enable us to change via behavior, what is there to be said about our natural cognitive inclinations, despite our changed ways? If you have an urge, but you do not act on it, your urge is still there, so what point is there in acknowledging such an urge instead of blindly following it?