There is a difference between self-realization and being self-obsessed. Self-realization means you are more aware of the self, which is the microcosm of the eternal Universe.
With self-realization, one has humility, gratitude, and the eagerness to know more about the existence, whereas, being self-obsessed an individual will speak in reference to the ‘I’ and express ‘Ego’. Self-obsession is a cage and gives birth to the ‘I know all’ syndrome, repeating the acquired knowledge (without self-analysis) to create an aura. Being self-obsessed, an individual will not have the desire to pursue true knowledge and limit the journey within created boundaries.
With self-realization, one is aware that knowledge is eternal and the entire life is not enough to gain such wisdom. It provides the strength to surrender to the Divine to know more in this ever expanding consciousness. Only humility, gratitude, and compassion will ensure such a beautiful journey.
To know the difference between the two types of attitude towards life will simplify the mind and allow enhancement of the soul, mind, and body. This is real freedom.
Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.