It makes us see ourselves from a different perspective and angle. It makes us think differently about who we are and what we are going through in that moment. Sometimes making us act totally out of character or unaligned with good moral values.
Consciousness is nothing more than awareness - awareness of self, awareness of what is going on around you and awareness of how it affects you as a being.
It takes strength to allow yourself to be vulnerable and it is in true vulnerability that you open to your highest potential and expression.