A new sociological theory: The Prisoner of Parkinson

by prof. Giovanni Carlini


– Introduction.The sociological theory: The Prisoner of Parkinson

– Silence of Sociology:

  1. A Parkinson patient builds himself his own prison
  2. Sociology must address the pain of this condition.

– We do not have a pain culture in our Universities. The American case: Where is the subject of pain and its relationship to the Parkinson’s patient discussed in a university setting? How does this patient view himself in regards to his personal and professional relationships?

– Could the American Universities have an interest in The Parkinson prisoner theory inside the larger concept of pain in sociology?

– The Italian Parkinson’s patient has a narrow-minded opinion on the theory of The Prisoner of Parkinson, but they need to improve the relationship between the medicine and the quality of life of the patients (prisoners)

-Data Sheet about the author.



The sociological theory: The Prisoner of Parkinson

The mental asset in this theory does not see people effected by Parkinson’s as ‘sick’, but only patients in evolution at prisoner status, following the experience of Professor and scientist Milton Erickson (sick man becomes a patient). From Prof. Erickson we have understood the evolution from sick people (in standard medicine) to patient (specifical and personal use of medicine). Now, in the theory of “The Prisoner of Parkinson” the evolution is from patient to prisoner. A revolution!

The concept is simple, in particular people suffering from Parkinson’s disease have healthy spirits in sick bodies. The mind of the person continues to create thoughts, but the body does not respond to the will of the person. From here begins the mentality of the prisoner or a person who wants to escape from an unfair interlocking.

To make people escape and make them reach freedom, the prisoner must stop insisting on declaring himself sick and he has to try to convince himself to believe that he is not sick. In particular, he should apply himself to discipline himself(militarization of the response to the disease), building a character reaction to love more, think more, write more, live more, travel more and breathe more. The Sociological Theory pulls former sick people, now prisoners, in a ‘militancy’ on themselves with the support of others, by making squad and staying together through the various challenges. In this extensive recovery of vitality, it was possible to notice the important increase of an emotional feeling, strong and challenging, typically passionate (love and sexuality) which stops or controls the effects of the disease, which are no longer delegated to the use of a medication.

A detail of this kind, brings back to the centre of the development of the disease the same emotional and nervous system of a prisoner from Parkinson, confirmed by the drop in tremor when, in a couple of logic, we embrace the intimacy of men and women, preferably skin to skin.

According to these fragments of Sociological Theory about the Parkinson’s disease, it configures a new approach to the cure, which obviously confirms the medical and pharmacological aspect, but joins with it (and this is not only integration) a firm position of personal involvement-activation of ‘ former sufferer (first afflicted) and now prisoner (militarized and active in the reaction), which through its specific character (charisma) can live longer, involving a chain reaction in others, both on a virtual and real aspect. With these tips, you can today take care of a degenerative disease of the nervous system by increasing the normal capacity of emotional perception of the prisoner; it is like paying off the disease with the same currency!

The prisoner of Parkinson is a study case based on sociology and medical aspects is the future in the cure of the Parkinson disease.


Silence of Sociology

The health is important! This sentence is not true anymore. The scientific world and the patients don’t listen to ideas and advices unless they are from the usual contact. It confirms the patient is a prisoner.

The health world contributes to this situation limit, because this world monopolizes every non-medical chance to escape and this stops the creation of a solid basin of ideas and experiences. Those ideas and experiences should be in the pain sociology, a subject that does not exist yet but we have for years felt a need.

  1. a) The Parkinson patient builds himself his prison

This study comes from two new different experiences created from the observation of the Italians Parkinson’s patients’ behavior and from their hostility to every possibility to improve their lifestyle, unless the chance is from the health world. This is an obstacle in the patient health management, because in this way the diseased creates his own trap and it is possible to see again the same conditions that lead to the “Stockholm Syndrome”.

Starting from these considerations and adding the experiences already studied by Professor Milton H. Erickson in the passage from sick to patient (in the rehabilitation treatment of Americans prisoners come back in USA from Vietnam), it defines the sociology theory to the Parkinson, I have called it the Parkinson Prisoner.

In this study area it is possible to see the hostility of the Parkinson patients (prisoners) to the sociologist figure and furthermore the negative answer of American universities not interested in opening a study area of pain sociology. This negative answer is like not recognizing the pain as an event that could change human behavior and there are so many sociology fields like: sociology of work, family, sexuality (very new) army or of the economy and.

I’ll explain myself better. Each sociological lesson describes a particular social event which could impact the community behavior. At this moment the pain study is not considered and this is a mistake because it is an event able to change people behaviors.

Another sad aspect: every year there are fresh graduates in medicine or in sociology not aware of “the pain” as social event able to change people behaviors as said before.

This analysis, applied to the university world, comes from the research of the usual Parkinson patient behavior studied in Italy.

The patient is a person who is ashamed of his/her condition and he/she is angry to everyone because he/she is suffering the not fair life sentence, he/she does not tell his/her partner and family how to help him/her in his/her new needs. In every case studied, the Parkinson prisoner suffers because the partner and/or family does not know how to deal with this new situation. From this explanation is possible to understand that the patient life quality is possible to improve if only he/she stops to be ashamed of his/her new condition and stops to be angry at everything and starts to explain and speak so he/she can move to the active and social phase; here the pain sociology needs to exist. If there is not a pain sociology the prisoner does not have hope. The patient who goes against the pain, explains and speaks to the partner and family, he/she is the prisoner who goes to an evolved stage of the Parkinson prisoner.

  1. b) Sociology must address the subject of pain of this condition

The disease is a stage of alteration of the person health. When the disease lives for a short term, the person’s health does not change in so many aspects. On the contrary, when the disease remains for a long term it is able to change the prisoner in a bad way, impacting the people around the prisoner.

Three clinical aspects emerge from these considerations for studying the long term disease:

  • the medical aspect: the physical one (which is the immediate);
  • the psychological aspect: it should explain to the single prisoner how to live with his/her disease;
  • the sociological aspect: it studies the interaction between the prisoner and the family;

Nowadays the prisoner of Parkinson is confirmed so, a victim of himself/herself who is angry to a new figure (the sociologist) which is working at improving the prisoner life and his/her partner and/or family’s life. There is this hostility against sociology because it is thought to be a “poor” subject. The patient is not interested in novelty (he/she is very conservative) when it is not from the usual figure (medicine). This is the case of the poisoning by drugs! The patient is just concerned in the source of the novelty! It is not something new that the patient is reading at the curriculum of the researcher and he is not willing to understand a brand new solution; in this way the patient is a prisoner of himself/herself and does not have a chance to escape from the disease and to evade from this situation. The patient needs to escape from the prison stage and understands to open his/her mind to everyone near him/her.

So far, as studied on Parkinson patients in Italy and on some prisoners who are fighting the disease, it is important to research a way to improve their lives because we owe it to the suffering people. The foundation of a course of studies based on the pain sociology in medicine and in sociology faculties is very important. The pain sociology is the only study which captures an essential need of the person: the civilization. We wish us good job for the welfare of everyone.


We are without a pain culture in our Universities. The American case. Where is the subject of pain and its relationship to the Parkinson’s patient discussed in the university setting? How does this patient view himself regarding family relationships in his world? In particular, his family, friends and co-workers.

Speaking with eighty Sociology faculties in American universities on the theory of the Parkinson Prisoner it comes out that the study of the pain and of the illness emerges as the study of pain is still little taken into account.

Watching all the intense researches on the sociology of the family, fertility and gender issues, (man and woman with attached relations and social inclusion), it is apparent that many have not yet gained an adequate awareness about the transformations that undergoes life facing the pain in the illness an in old age. The aim of sociology is to understand how human behavior changes in the presence of specifics events. Certainly the religion and the religious sense are very important in the way men and women relate to each other and to the culture of the divinity (let’s think to all the religious wars broken out in the last centuries and still the presence of fundamentalism in the modern life). In fact, in every sociology faculty staff, there are always one or more professors dedicated to the religious sensibility and its effects on society. This also applies to the economic sociology, fertility, work. It is often possible to observe classes on the emerging areas of the world and then? That’s it. Pain is not contemplated at this moment as an event able to change (in a positive way) human behavior.

It is also true that the first impact of sociology with the Parkinson disease, at least in Italy, has just begun in October 2014; it has been divided in 2 paths, one doctrinal, focused on the study of the disease, studying from behind a desk, while the other path takes place in working face-to-face with the sick. Only the first path is funded.

On this second path of the sociological research all the hope is concentrated for an improvement in the quality of patients’ life, today seen as prisoners, because of the theory: the prisoner from Parkinson. Without spending too many words on the obvious, it is clear that the disease and the pain have a strong influence on human relationships; the lack of study expresses a cultural trend that excludes the bad, the death and the suffering from the consideration and ordinary consumer.

Medicine is still strong on monopolizing all the aspects connected with the health care in general and some steps have been taken forward in psychology, while remaining limited on the personality of the patient.

In the name of the civilization it is therefore necessary to open the sociological study of the disease, especially applied to those long term illnesses able to change people and families behavior.

An important part of the sociological theory of the prisoner from Parkinson focused on this topic.

From the studies carried out it is possible to understand that the prisoner is usually ashamed of his/her situation and this limits himself/herself in the emotional relationship. Not only that, he/she does not explain to the partner the situation and the partner has lack of information on how to help him/her. Research reveals also opposite cases of hyper sexual reactivity from people with serious problems on the couple relationship.

A range of behaviors open up in the disease, reactions and sufferings that are common in the intimate relationship and they find a meeting point in the disease (hence the expression of the prisoner, as if you were stuck in a role and you would like to get out without having the appropriate tools).

In the name of a good quality of life even in the illness and in the pain, that are an integral part of human existence, it is fitting for sociology to assume its responsibilities, by studying models of appropriate behavior: we need classes in our universities focused on the sociology of the disease.


Can the American Universities have an interest in The Parkinson prisoner theory inside the larger concept of pain in sociology?

In the academic and research field, here in the United States, the neurological, medical and sociological care of Parkinson’s, in terms of the prisoner by Parkinson, is opening up new scenarios for studies.

This is because the US universities are in constant competition with each other in the research and development of new and more aggressive arguments to study, the sociological theory related to the prisoner from Parkinson’s has just opened a field of research in-between sociology and neurology for the benefit of civilization in the relationship between medicine and patient. It is a new opportunity that was already adopted on other topics in the past, which returns now in a new field.

Beyond the value of this theory for scientific research and the involvement of students as the sick part (ex patients that today are prisoners and decided to react to the disease) sociological theory to Parkinson it is realized in the following steps:

– stop being ashamed of being sick;

– show the partners to the new needs that the disease brings;

– educating the partners to find a new balance between chance and necessity;

– restructuring the amount of time between things made by distinguishing through people with Parkinson’s and those who are in trouble with this physical limitation;

– find the strength to move from the stage of the patient (lonely, angry, envious, ashamed) to the level of the prisoner (responsive and socially evolved) thanks to the community (virtual and real) which brings out the best personal and innate abilities of the prisoner for example painting, singing, drawing, photography, good humour, reading and studying;

by following this theory on Parkinson’s we can think of a society where people with limitations find the way to react strongly and fight in order to reach a better life;

– we need to save sexuality inside the couple, it must not be anymore only physical, but an intimate communication. When you eat, breathe and think to every moment, it gets wise and healthy every day that you caress and re-born with curiosity. This treatment applied to the human behaviour, as well as rehabilitate the sexuality as a means of communication, you can accurately hit the nervous system, where it was already hurt by the disease. It remains one of the key steps of the whole sociological theory to Parkinson rehabilitation;

– we need to check the drugs protocol to avoid a damage in the quality of life of the patient. On this issue it is useful an evolution that allows the final transit from ill patient (already studied by Prof. Erickson) to the nowadays prisoner;

– to encourage this process we need to open an academic research that must not make the mistake already done in Italy where the assistance comes from “behind the desk”, but instead is being near the prisoners and live with them and teach them to live together with dignity;

– we can show and exploit a different sensitivity to students of medicine and sociology for a better world.


The Italian Parkinson’s patient has a narrow-minded opinion on the theory of The Prisoner of Parkinson, but there is a need to improve the relationship between the medicine and the quality of life of the patients (prisoner)

In Italy it has been observed and studied a very curious attitude on the part of patients (in this research and sociological theory elevated to the status of prisoners) affected by Parkinson.

The prisoner, living with this disease for a long time and living its disease in a very nervous way, with consequential physical effects, assumes a kind of addiction and complicity, which automatically leads to the victim,

asking all attention and compassion mixed with envy and anger against those not affected. It is a behaviour particularly widespread and worthy of study. It creates, in this way, one of the most difficult and dramatic moments in the treatment of Parkinson disease: the being narrow-minded of the patient in all forms of reaction and its determined as desired negativity at every change. Studying this research some cases have to be mentioned:

– A lady suffering from Parkinson’s for ten years says: I am feeling good, and I’m followed by an excellent neurologist so I do not need anything new in the cure of my illness because with the use of soft drugs I feel better;

– A twenty years old girl, having Parkinson’s disease since she was a child, now is reacting in every possible ways trying every time to start a discussion with everybody.

In fact, this person is the key to all sociological theory, because we finally have a patient to elevate to the status of a prisoner who wants to escape from this sentence.

In this case, left to herself, the girl needs instead to be helped through the transition from anger to building her own personality, which could be a solution playing a song.

– We should remember that woman affected by Parkinson disease who does not want to educate her husband to her new needs produced by the disease, because she is ashamed. The result was a significant earthquake in the couple and in the family. When I asked her why she did not ask for help she told me she was not able to ask for help.

– Another woman, victim of Parkinson’s since her youth age (now she is a grandmother) tried to start the practice of the new sociological theory to Parkinson, has deliberately reduced the impact of drugs despite she was discouraged and told to consult with doctors which, while remaining sceptical, still not know how to communicate with their patients. The lady wanted and managed to reduce the impact of drugs to increase the ability to hear, understand, deal with, talk and discuss. It should now open here a critical analysis of the pharmacological impact and quality of life.

-A man very disappointed with the Parkinson’s disease says he is single, so he can not follow the new sociological theories on Parkinson.

The Parkinson’s prisoner that usually is hostile to the news, turns on a light above his being unjustly suffering a serious drama, that requires attention, without educating himself on his new and true needs. The trap is perfect.

But first, a clarification: a sick man is defined by remaining passive towards Parkinson’s disease, and is elevated to the status of prisoner when that patient fights with determination against evil, to gain the dignity of a human being.

Sociological theory, applied to Parkinson’s disease, is used to permit the passage from the stage of the patient to the prisoner level. The first strong obstacle, is located exactly in the behaviour of the patient, who does not want to react, remaining resigned and angry.

In fact, the nervousness and anger, often mixed to offensive reactions to family and friends, is one of the steps several times recorded in the Italian experience about Parkinson disease.

With the addition of a traditional attitude of oppressive assistance by the medical facility and associations.

For convenience, it is a cage that protects the psychological immobility status of people affected by Parkinson. The Italian situation viewed in this way, from which they emerge when new elements if not so critical, it should be noted, however, an important step of sociological theory to patients with Parkinson’s matured with the patient.

Working later on a piece of poetry about Parkinson disease written by an Italian poet, who suffers from Parkinson’s, but also afflicted by the disease of being in the centre of attention, born comparison and conceptualization of “the time of the common life” and “the time flowing in Parkinson”.

Let’s create an example: in the common life you drive your car, answering your cell phone and thinking about different things and all at the same time. The goodness of all these actions carried out all at the same time, frankly there is much to talk about. In fact, people not suffering from Parkinson’s disease, are often stressed and unhappy.

An affected by Parkinson, being affected by a nervous disease, to better manage its various reactions, should reduce the amount of things done in the time unit, giving up the nervous mass necessary to do everything well.

Another example: if an unaffected by Parkinson is allowed the luxury of doing five things per minute (going sometimes under stress) the prisoner from Parkinson (here begins the reaction to the disease) should do one or two actions to the maximum in the same unit of time defined.

To make everyone understand this concept, we should create a community of “physiotherapy” to time management, in field Parkinson, where the unit of measurement of the hours to scan the day is no longer characterized by 24 hours but 30 or 35 if necessary. What I said is obviously an aphorism, to identify the need to establish times and ways to treat Parkinson’s disease in communities specifically organized and self-managed by prisoners from Parkinson. By Looking for and recreating this different vision of the time (and closer to people affected by Parkinson disease), where the prisoner from Parkinson could spend time on vacation, it is observable how socialization and humanization of pain is needed to care for a disease from which there is no cure, but it is wise not to live in passive forms of prejudice. The sociological theory of Parkinson continues now in the study of a different mode of using time, hoping for the construction of specific communities where to crop farms, fish, play or just walk hand in hand one’s partner, reopening proper communication epidermal torque to educate the new needs of the prisoner from Parkinson.

Obviously sociological theory to Parkinson it not completed by merely rescheduling time. That is one aspect.

As described in my other works on the Prisoner of Parkinson we want to restart and wake up all the patients by:

– A personal and intimate reaction to evil, by the former patient now become a prisoner who wants to escape, through the development of specific aspects of his personality;

– education to be offered to family, friends and partners to the new needs without shame;

– sharing in real and virtual communities their condition;

– maturity on the physical and sexual floor, understood in terms of communication instead of lonely consumption and only in order to transmit and receive epidermically a new status of intimacy in the couple, to support the tremors and difficulties typical of this disease. This requires achieving a new emotional culture, creating an intimate relationship usually forgotten in couples subject to this drama. It is like saying to a disease of the nervous system is offset by a new and more intense emotional reality and tactile.

These are the steps of sociological theory to Parkinson accrued in the field of sociology of the family, delinquency, sexuality and military.


Data sheet about the author

Prof. Giovanni Carlini is an Italian, in an active role as an expert in marketing and sociology of consumption for businesses. Professor Carlini is a sociologist and an economist.

He graduated in Economics and in Strategic Sciences (both from the University of Turin) also in Sociology and in Political Sciences in Milan at Catholic University.

He wrote three books, already published in Italy in 2015, in the field of sociology inspired by the studies of Zygmunt Bauman, which he moved from a theoretical to a practical view about the sexuality in the globalized era, the crisis of Italian small businesses and finally in the origins of the social crisis. He discovered the importance of a sociological theory applied to the Parkinson study definable asThe Prisoner of Parkinson

Email contact: giocarlini@yahoo.it