Kohut’s final years were characterized by advancing cancer, which, if we are to believe the reports in this book, resulted in an exacerbation of his worst qualities. He stopped reading the psychoanalytic publications of others. As his theories developed, Kohut, who was at one time the president of the American Psychoanalytic Association and regarded himself as "Mr. Psychoanalysis," was subjected to ostracism and the loss of the friendliness of a number of his colleagues. The conditions for yet another split in the psychoanalytic movement were ripe, and some of his disciples urged him to form an institute separate from the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. He refused to do so, even though, according to Strozier, some of his power and prestigious positions at the Chicago Institute were taken away from him. Strozier tells us that, in his final years, Kohut’s "bragging and self-centeredness in social situations was nearly out of control, driving his son at times to distraction" (p. 323).