The Bite Constellation is a specific type of Cerebral Medulla Constellation.

Biological conflict: a bite conflict, experienced as not being able to “bite” an opponent because the individual is in a weaker position.

Brain and Organ Level: Bite conflicts correspond to the dentin of the teeth. The dentin of the left teeth is controlled from the right side of the cerebral medulla; the dentin of the right teeth is controlled from the left side of the cerebral medulla.

NOTE: A person’s biological handedness and whether the conflicts are mother/child or partner-related determine on which side of the cerebral medulla the conflicts register.

The constellation is established, the moment the second conflict registers in the opposite brain hemisphere. The conflicts could also occur simultaneously. The constellation can be permanent or recurring due to tracks or conflict relapses.

The Bite Constellation presents as compulsive nail biting, or onychophagia (compare with motor tics and obsessive skin picking). In the DSM-5, nail biting is classified as an “obsessive-compulsive disorder”. The purpose of the compulsion is to compensate for the inability to “bite” or “snap” an opponent or to defend oneself verbally. Typically, the nail biting is triggered through setting on a conflict track (a certain situation or the encounter with a person who was involved when the conflicts first occurred). Stress exacerbates the behavior. With intense conflict activity or a strong track, the nail biting becomes excessive.

Given the nature of the bite conflict (being in a weaker position vis-à-vis a parent, an older sibling, teacher, schoolmate, a growing resistance against authorities), it should not come as a surprise that compulsive nail biting is more common in children and adolescents.