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The transformation from a dependent individual into self-sufficient adulthood is not an easy transition to make.


Failure to launch syndrome is, in short, the inability to be independent and self-reliant.

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Failure to launch often has the following symptoms:

  • Poor work ethic

  • Low distress tolerance

  • Low levels of motivation

  • Low levels of persistence

  • High expectations of others without reciprocating

  • Failure to take responsibility

  • Lack of vision (for the future or long-term goals)

  • Lack of skills needed for adulthood (basic cooking and cleaning skills)

  • Narcissism

  • Social anxiety
    Video game addiction

  • Lack of confidence

  • lack of productivity

  • Low tolerance for stress

  • Low work ethic/entitlement.

  • High expectation of others

  • Lack of goals/vision for the future

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What are the possible causes of Failure to Launch Syndrome?

The sheer influence of the modern world:
With the advent of the modern media, the instant gratification it delivers has contributed to delayed independent development. 

Parental factor:
People who were very overprotective of their child should not be surprised if one day their child finds it difficult to assess his own autonomy.

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