When self-knowledge is only the beginning

Source: The New York Times

In this column, the writer contradicts the popular claim that insight, or self-understanding, can lead to well-being and/or happiness. He claims, though examples of personal observation, that people can possess clear insights of their lives yet still be depressed or feel no better than before. In fact, having too much insight can make one even more depressed or sad. Thus, rather than promoting insight, people should focus on their self-esteem and on their happiness to improve their well-being.