As a response to shame, men and women will go to great lengths, and engage in all sorts of foolishness to project the appearance of perfection and strength.
Some people entertain the question of worthiness, and, not content with the answer, work like hell to win the competition, to prove they can measure up.
They learn the rules of a game established by extrinsic sources (religious doctrines, popular culture, societal norms, economic performance indicators, etc…) – rules by which perfection and strength are defined and measured, and then they blindly obey those rules.
Watch for this foolishness, and you will see that it is pervasive in our society.
How are you responding to shame? What foolishness have you engaged in?