In general, failure refers to the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective. It may be viewed as the opposite of success. Cascading failures occur when one failure can trigger failures in interconnected business affairs, personal relationships, or social interactions.

Some people are more prone to failure, because of personality or emotional problems. This is especially true if a person shows a tendency towards failure throughout their lifetime. For example, many unhappy people enroll in college, only to flunk out after three semesters. Multiple marriages are another symptom, where the emotionally-crippled subject is unable to provide their spouse with love and security. This failure often manifests itself in poor business decisions, leading to abrupt termination or even bankruptcy for the self-employed.

Some failures are directly linked to an inability to meet expectations. As a result, those failure-prone subjects with especially critical personality problems will often make grandiose claims to buttress poor self-esteem. Generally, these people tend towards social immaturity because they have difficulty reading social cues.

This tendency towards failure can also be partly attributed to an inability to adequately comprehend oral and written language. Often, the failure-prone person will come to completely erroneous conclusions because of this tendency to misunderstand even the simplest of concepts. Because of these poor comprehension skills, the failure=prone person takes longer to learn from his or her mistakes.

Because of these emotional problems, many failure-prone people are drawn to the media. By assuming the role of an editorialist or radio talk-show host, they desperately seek approval through the mass media. Unfortunately, their inability to comprehend simple concepts guarantees failure in these endeavors.