There is some link between self-consciousness and authority. When I was an undergraduate at an Evangelical college, we obsessed about self-consciousness and the inability to divest oneself of it, the inability to get back to a pre-self-conscious stage. You were stuck having chosen to choose whatever you chose.
Since I became a Catholic I haven’t once struggled with the question of self-consciousness. I think there’s a connection between self-consciousness and a lack of an ultimate authority beyond the self.