Feelings of shame and unworthiness are universal precursors to one of two things: an act of destruction and an act of heroism.
That it stems from an engrained sense of unworthiness and shame is something that Dunne is winningly eager to acknowledge.
To think of this love, so passionately pure, wasted on his own unworthiness.
She was as much to blame as he; and for her unworthiness was he to be left to suffer?
Or, perhaps the triumph of the evening had been too much for him, and he was thinking of his own unworthiness.
Pete mistook Philip's hesitation for a silent commentary on his own unworthiness.
Never had she felt so strongly the unworthiness of the existence to which she was condemned.
He realized, perhaps, not quite all this—and to the unworthiness of it all he gave no thought.
Though he laughed, it is clear that he was seeking to excuse an unworthiness of which he was conscious.
I admit it; but it is with unworthiness that we must combat unworthiness.