AUTARCHY

1. in psychiatry, this signifies the period of infancy in which the child exerts autocratic power over others - predominantly the parents who satisfy all of his or her instinctual demands. 2. more generally, this term means supreme and absolute power. See also omnipotence.

AUTARCHY: "An infant exert autarchy over his or her parents because he or she cannot be left alone or tend to his or her own needs."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AUTARCHY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/autarchy/ (accessed October 26, 2020).
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