People Share The Most Unsettling Facts About Themselves

People Share The Most Unsettling Facts About Themselves
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CW: suicide.

Most people can be very guarded because of their vulnerabilities, even if you think you know them really well.

These disconcerting memories or character traits are better left undisclosed, for they can be painful for individuals to revisit or acknowledge.

On the other hand, opening up about these disturbing facts can also be therapeutic as long as they are revealed anonymously.

And the opportunity for strangers online to unburden themselves arose when Redditor _Lord_Infamous asked:

"What is a scary, unsettling fact about you?"

Certain facts about these Redditors are perplexing.

Blank Space

"I do not actually remember a decent chunk of my life, whenever I talk about most of my childhood I use words that leave room for mistakes and am generally using memories and ideas I've compiled from hearing other people say things about me."

"There is actually a large chunks of facts about myself that I only think I know, and don't have personal confirmation of."

– Cendruex

Dead Or Alive

"I’m convinced with no evidence that my father is still alive and that my whole family is lying to me. I logically know he is not. But every knock on the door I open half expecting my father. Could be something to work through … but it’s not really affecting me day to day. My grandfather died and I thought I would feel the same way. Nope. He is dead and I miss him but he is dead."

– rkspm

Warning: Self-Harm Trigger

"Growing up I had a recurring nightmare set in my grandparents backyard looking at the back of their house. There was just something 'off' about the house. Something mildly sinister. I dreamt this over and over, many times over the years."

"In 2018, my dad (who now owned the house) went into the backyard to that spot and killed himself."

"I haven’t had the backyard dream since."

– OSUJillyBean

Nightmares Come True

"I had a recurring super vivid intense dream at like 4.... my uncle was chasing us around a labyrinth with a large knife... trying to kill me and my grandmother. 25 or so years later the same uncle (complete paranoid delusional schizophrenic) murders my grandmother at her condo... with the very nice chef knife I bought her for Christmas the year before..."

– Serotu

Severe Trauma

"Less scary and more shocking, but when I was 9 years old I survived a home invasion where I was shot 6 times. I played dead on the floor until the man left and called 911 and in my adrenaline rush I thought they couldn't find my house so I crawled with my left are swinging the wrong way and my right leg limp from nerve damage, all the way to the front door when he broke in from the back of the house."

"I lived with only my mother who unfortunately didn't survive. I vividly remember picking out the guy in a photo line up while recovering in the ICU."

"I am very lucky to have kept my left arm, I have 32 pins and screws to make up for my shattered elbow. My left leg has permanent nerve damage and I now have 'drop foot'. Despite my physical injuries and PTSD, I am doing very well."

– skullexis

We are not all born the same.

Complete Immunity

"I'm one of the lucky few with the CCR5-delta-32 mutation. Why is that relevant? It makes me immune to HIV and a handful of other pathogens, most notably the Bubonic Plague."

– SursumCorda-NJ

Sharper Image

"I have 2 lenses in my right eye, so it focuses like binoculars. My doctor wrote a paper about it. Mostly blinded as a baby in my left eye. Dr suspected my right lense split then healed as 2 distinct lenses. Better than 20/20 in my right eye."

– The_Smoot

Prematurely Slim

"When I was born, I was so premature that my dad, who had quite dainty piano fingers, could slide his wedding ring up my arm to my shoulder. (I weighed 2 lbs, born at 27 weeks)."

– cyanomys

Losing Digits

"I had 6 toes on each foot at birth and got them cut off you can see the place they cut them at."

– HearingAccurate8616

People live with the unfortunate risk that their lives can be cut short at any given moment.

Ticking Time Bomb

"I have an enlarged aortic root. It's very unlikely, but it could spontaneously rupture leading to the medical term adjusts glasses... 'instantaneous death'. I would pass out, bleed to death, and then fall over. Dead before hitting the ground. And it could happen at any time. My wife is very uncomfortable thinking about it lol."

– ignisnex

For The Sake Of Survival

"my immune system backfired and tried to murder me and almost succeeded. I now have to take multiple injections every single day all day or i'll die a painful death within a week."

"Just trying to write diabetes in the most bad-a** way."

– monstrinhotron

A friend of mine once told me that the name I've known him by was not his real name.

He had gone by an alias, which everyone at work assumed was his actual name, to protect himself and his identity after he had been violently hunted down, stalked and threatened for his life for witnessing a murder.

The suspects involved were eventually caught and locked away for good.

I don't remember all the other details about the traumatizing incident because I was completely stupefied.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at

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