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Out of mind

Schizophrenics may embarrass us with their inner voices, but we all have one of our own, and it is essential to our sense of identity. It is our mental software

By Paul Broks   September 2004

I had been watching the Franz Kafka lookalike since we left Paddington. The train was full but the seat next to him remained unoccupied. The woman had lasted ten minutes, the man about five. He seemed oblivious to both. I could see him mouthing something but his voice was hard to discern against the hubbub of conversation and the ambient clatter of the track. I listened closely. Other solitary passengers sat quietly reading or staring out the window but this man was deep in conversation with himself. I assumed he was psychotic and at war with his voices. But his…

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