Yogi: In daily life, can liking and disliking stop when we are aware of them? If not, what happens?
Sayadaw: When we notice liking and disliking in daily life, the defilements stop growing, but they also do not disappear immediately. You need to continue to be aware of the liking and disliking for them to subside.
This is because only awareness is present when we notice defilements in daily life. If the awareness is very strong (awareness and wisdom together), when you notice the defilement, immediately it disappears.
If wisdom is weak and awareness is present, then the defilements will still be there but they don’t grow. And if you continue to be aware, and the awareness quality gets stronger, then the defilements decrease.