Brain and Organ Level: The corresponding brain relays are the control centers of the laryngeal mucosa (left temporal lobe) and the stomach/pancreatic ducts/bile ducts lining (right temporal lobe), located diagonally opposite each other in the cerebral cortex.

Once the second conflict occurs, the person is in constellation and manic-depressive (compare with primary mania and primary depression). Whether the manic or depressed mood is dominant is determined by which of the two conflicts is stronger. The constellation can be permanent or recurring due to tracks or conflict relapses.

NHS = Normal hormone status     LTS = Low testosterone status    LES = Low estrogen status

*With left-handers the conflict is transferred to the other brain hemisphere

Since the late 1990s, infant autism has been linked to the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine that contains, like all vaccines, neurotoxins (aluminum, formaldehyde) that could cause serious neurological damage, including cognitive and intellectual deficits. Conventional medicine denies any connection with the vaccine and adamantly maintains the view that autism is attributed to genetic factors, even though there is no evidence for this claim (“While no one gene has been identified as causing autism, researchers are searching for irregular segments of a genetic code that children with autism may have inherited”, Autism Society of America).

Whether autistic symptoms such as social anxiety, social withdrawal, a resistance to physical contact, or certain compulsive behaviors are caused by neurotoxins or an Autistic Constellation can be easily determined through a brain scan.
This brain CT of a right-handed female shows an Autistic Constellation (view the GNM diagram). Note that the Hamer Focus in the left temporal lobe reaches over both larynx relays (view the GNM diagram). This reveals that the scare-fright conflict was experienced as more intense than the territorial anger conflict, linked to the stomach/pancreatic ducts/bile ducts relay in the right temporal lobe.

Embedded in the control center of the laryngeal muscles is the Broca's area that controls language and speech. If the Broca’s area is also affected, the autistic person develops in addition to the autistic behavior speech impairments such as vocal tics.

In conventional medicine, disabilities in children and adults, whether cognitive or intellectual, are thought to be either genetic or caused by a lack of oxygen during gestation. Dr. Hamer's research demonstrates that the mental limitations are the result of biological conflicts that occurred in utero (see Down Syndrome), at birth, or in the first years of an infant’s life. According to Dr. Hamer, the mental retardation seen in people with autism is in the majority of cases not, as assumed, caused by a deprivation of oxygen (birth asphyxia) but by a severe Autistic Constellation brought on during a difficult delivery. The early maturity stop explains the developmental delay of autistic children as well as their immature behavior (crying or outbursts in overwhelming and frustrating situations). Newborns and infants suffer scare-fright conflicts and territorial anger conflicts also during distressing vaccination procedures. Together with the harmful effects of neurotoxins, this can lead to devastating results. 

A research study conducted in Denmark in 2015 found that boys that had been circumcised have a 46% increased risk of developing autism. The stress and extreme pain of circumcision could certainly create an Autistic Constellation.
What psychiatry calls Autism Spectrum Disorder is, in GNM terms, a combination of constellations linked to several biological conflicts. This is why not every person with autism or Asperger’s syndrome (considered a mild form of autism) presents the same symptoms. When an autistic child displays a disruptive and aggressive behavior (throwing a tantrum, head banging, hair pulling, self-biting), this indicates a concurrent Aggressive Constellation (territorial anger and identity conflicts). Motor tics such as rocking and other repetitive body movements point to a Motor Cortex Constellation and conflicts of “feeling stuck”. Motor conflicts could already happen during the birth process, when the baby feels stuck in the birth canal. In the practical application of GNM, each “behavioral symptom” has to be looked at independently in order to understand its origin.
The Autistic Constellation manifests itself as a compulsion to withdraw. The purpose of the social withdrawal is to allow the individual to better cope with the conflicts. The stronger the constellation, the smaller becomes the world and the space in which the autistic person feels safe. Mutism, an unwillingness to speak, is the ultimate refusal of the autistic to communicate with others. Children with so called “selective mutism” are able to converse normally, for example with family members, but refuse to speak at school or with strangers.

People with a moderate Autistic Constellation crave time alone. They enjoy their own company and solitary activities in peace and quiet. They are, therefore, oversensitive to noise. The slightest sound such as the ticking of a clock or buzzing of a fly irritates and distracts them (compare with hyperacusis). They certainly don’t feel comfortable in crowds (compare with a fear of crowds, or agoraphobia, related to a Kidney Collecting Tubules Constellation). All the more they cherish the companionship of like-minded friends. Once they have someone with whom they can share their thoughts and ideas, they become very talkative, particularly when they are manic. However, when the depressed mood is dominant, they avoid social contacts altogether. Setting on a conflict track prompts an instant withdrawal into seclusion. During depressive periods, the person tends to ruminate obsessively over things and might sit for hours without moving or talking. Dr. Hamer termed this mental state “autistic stupor” (compare with catatonic stupor with a Brainstem Constellation). Usually, the tormenting thoughts circle persistently around the incidence that reactivated, for example, a territorial anger conflict.
The Autistic Constellation generates a need for routine and sameness. Autistics require consistency in their environment and in their daily routine. This also pertains to activities outside of their home (routes they walk, places they go to, restaurants they visit, foods they eat). Structure and predictability are vital for an autistic person to “survive”. Hence, a change in routine can be greatly upsetting. With a strong constellation, a person might develop compulsive ritualistic behaviors such as locking the front door a special number of times or ordering and arranging items in a certain way or until it feels “just right” (“She had a serene sense of calmness, when things ‘feel right’ – when a pen on her desk was at a precise angle to her mouse pad”). This “just right” element could extend to the execution of tics, for example, tapping objects in a particular way or according to special numbers (compare with motor tics with a Motor Cortex Constellation).
The need for consistency goes along with a compulsive perfectionism. Autistic people are meticulous and overly thorough. They pay attention to the tiniest details and mull over problems until they are solved. They make high demands not only on themselves but also on others (their children, their employees, their students) and are overly critical when their standards are not met. They also have a tendency to argue. Unlike the fights of the manic-aggressive, the disputes are motivated by setting wrongs right through using reason, evidence, and logic. The argument is about the issue, not about them. Autistics are extremely orderly, to a point of being pedantic (compare with Flying Constellation). Clothes and shoes have to be neatly lined up in the closet, pictures on the wall must be perfectly level, the workplace is clean and organized; some develop quite distinctive organization methods. People in an Autistic Constellation are driven to get things done right away. They are compulsive planners and get troubled when their plans unexpectedly change. They also tend to be over-punctual (compare with chronically late “flyers”). On the whole, they are highly ambitious and have highly-focused interests, whether it is an art, a certain area of knowledge, or a sport. The pursuit of their interest is fundamental to their well-being and happiness. Due to the surge of energy, the manic-autistic can generate immense creativity, mental activity, endurance, and perseverance (workaholics are usually in an Autistic Constellation). It is the need for solitude, the exactness and thoroughness, the persistent dwelling on solving difficult tasks (the “creative worrying”), and the dedication and passion for the subject that allows a person in this constellation to reach perfection and to achieve accomplishments that would not have been possible otherwise. This explains why many great artists, writers, discoverers, and researchers suffer(ed) from manic depression, often throughout their whole lives.

A brain CT, here presenting an Autistic Constellation (view the GNM diagram), shows not only the course of a Biological Special Program on the organ level. It also reveals a person’s mental state, psychological makeup, and character traits. The sizes of the Hamer Foci indicate the magnitude of the conflicts, which, in turn, determines, in this case, the extent of the autistic demeanor.

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995) has been regarded as one of the most commanding piano virtuosos of the 20th century. He was known for his note-perfect and “manic” performances. Because of his obsessive perfectionism, his repertoire was strikingly small. He would practice musical pieces for years before performing them in front of an audience. “He played with as close to 100 percent efficiency as any pianist who ever lived; every motion was carefully thought out and pared down to the minimum that would produce a maximal result” (Baltimore Sun). Michelangeli was a deeply private man who lived in complete seclusion. He maintained only the most necessary contacts with the public.

The Canadian virtuoso pianist Glenn Gould (1932-1982) was also known for his eccentricity. He wore winter clothing, including gloves (see picture), all year around. He didn’t like to shake hands and was socially reclusive. During manic states, he used to go running through the Toronto Zoo singing to all animals. He would go without sleep for days and then again, he had very dark, depressive episodes. Fran’s Restaurant, a 24-hour diner a block away from his apartment, was his regular hang out. According to a CBC radio interview (July 15, 1958), Gould would go to Fran’s sometime between two and three in the morning, sit in the same booth, and order the same meal of scrambled eggs.

Spanish world-class tennis player Rafael Nadal displays rituals that “help him focus on his play”. His chair has to be aligned with the court. He eats his energy gel always the same way: Rip off top, fold side over, move gel up with four gentle squeezes. He has two water bottles (one cold, one warm). He sips the water always in the same order. He places the water bottles in the same exact positions (“I put the two bottles down at my feet, in front of my chair to my left, one neatly behind the other, diagonally aimed at the court. Some call it superstition, but it’s not. If it were superstition, why would I keep doing the same thing over and over whether I win or lose? It’s a way of placing myself in a match, ordering my surroundings to match the order I seek in my head.” Source: Essential Sports)

Watch Nadal's tennis rituals in this YouTube video. Note, when he crosses the line: "always right foot first". This is one of his rituals.

Nadal is clearly biologically left-handed (see picture showing him clapping). He knocks the clay off his shoes, starting with the left shoe (03:19) and he plays also with his left hand (“There is an urban myth that it was his uncle Toni who forced him to play left-handed, but in fact it was Nadal himself who decided to make the switch.”). He was only able to do that because of a strong left hand. Ambidextrous people are generally biologically left-handed.

Temple Grandin is a high-functioning autistic, who made a distinguished career as an animal scientist. She shares her distinctive interest and enlightening insights into the behavior and emotions of animals in her publication Animals in Translation (2005).

The autistic behavior is brilliantly performed by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man. Raymond, the main character, is autistic. The film actually shows the dramatic event that marks the beginning of Raymond’s condition. It is a terrible accident (“scare-fright conflict”) that happened when he was an infant and left alone in the bathtub …

In the movie As Good As It Gets Melvin, played by Jack Nicholson, performs repetitive rituals such as locking his front door and opening the light switch multiple times before leaving his apartment. He is uncomfortable when others are touching him. The eating utensils have to be orderly placed on the dinner table. He has a hard time handling any changes in his routine. Hence, when Carol, the waitress who usually serves him in the restaurant, is one day not on duty, he is unable to eat breakfast. He is also troubled by the thoughts of germs and infections (see Paranoia Constellation).