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Toroidal Emptiness

hdToroidal beings are oral: we erroneously over-identify with our contents, unable to stomach the emptiness of our essence.  Toroidal orality is insatiable.  Accepting our emptiness is fulfilling.


What is “toroidal”?

That which is in the shape of a donut, with a hole in the middle.  That’s what we really are like.  If you imagine any human body without limbs, just a torso, you will see that there is a hole/tube running through us.  It’s the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.

What is “oral”?

Consult Freud regarding the meaning of this term.

Pavel Somov, PhD, is the author of “Eating the Moment,” “Reinventing the Meal,” and “Mindful Emotional Eating”

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Toroidal Emptiness

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2016). Toroidal Emptiness. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 1, 2020, from


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