The readiness for termination of psychotherapy is considered from the perspective of the importance of the narcissistic features. After a guiding theoretical orientation, several case vignettes are presented that illustrate outstanding changes in the patient's self seen during the terminal phase of psychotherapy. These include the re-experiencing of narcissistic injury, a different response to interpretation, and a substantial alteration in the reaction to disappointment.
Goldberg A. Narcissism and the Readiness for Psychotherapy Termination. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1975;32(6):695-699. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1975.01760240023001