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5 Modern Myths People Need to Stop Believing

Boy holding bowl of jellybeans

Those of us living in the 21st century are frequently guilty of chronological snobbery. We roll our eyes and snicker at our ancestors because they believed things like putting leeches on people is a good way to cure illness. Or that witches float. However, we moderns are guilty of clinging to our own laughable myths. Here are five myths that modern people need to stop believing.

1. Myers-Briggs

Two housewives, a mother and daughter (Myers and Briggs), spent too much of their free time reading Carl Jung. Unfortunately, the two didn't understand Carl Jung, but that little "hiccup" didn't prevent them from inventing out of thin air the personality test called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Worse, the MBTI has reached the level of sacrosanct for many people. You know which group has yet to embrace the MBTI? Actual psychologists. In fact, Carl Jung denounced the MBTI as based on unproven theories and, what's more, declared that neither Myers nor Briggs demonstrated any understanding of those theories anyway.

Here's a brief (and incomplete) rundown of the test's flaws:

  • It relies on the very unscientific methodology of self-reporting
  • The choices are presented positively (like a horoscope)
  • It relies too heavily on binary choices

Look, I understand the appeal of being able to neatly define yourself, but we humans are far too complex and contradictory to be distilled down by what amounts to a really long BuzzFeed quiz.