Adam Ruins Everything – Why the Myers-Briggs Test is Total B.S. | truTV


The Myers-Briggs test
always seemed so scientific. Oh, yeah,
the Myers-Briggs uses a lot of science-y-sounding jargon,
but the truth is, it wasn’t invented by scientists
at all. Take a look. ♪♪ (Adam)
The year, 1921. Famed psychologist
Carl Jung has a theory. I surmise human beings
can be broken down into eight different
personality types. (Adam)
There was just one problem. This was a time
before psychology
used scientific methods, like data or controlled
experiments. So the eight types
were just guesses based on Jung’s
personal experiences. My wife feels emotions
all the time. (Mrs. Jung whining) Her type is a feeler. Welp, that is good enough
for science in 1921. But Carl Jung
didn’t even make the test. Myers and Briggs
or whoever they are, they took his ideas
and made them better. Not quite. (Adam) The year is 1943. Mystery novelist
Isabel Briggs-Myers and her magazine writer mother,
Katharine Cook Briggs, had a lot of time on their hands. Mama, I’m bored of writing
mystery novels. Everyone else is off
having fun at war. Say, I have an idea. I just read some old Carl Jung
book about personality types, and I bet us two unqualified
nobodies could do a better job. Yes! Let’s do some science
or whatever. Let’s create an influential test that will be
widely used for decades! (Adam) And so these two writers,
who had no scientific training, took theories from one of
Carl Jung’s non-scientific books and came up with their list
of personality types. Ooh, my friend Carrie
is a such a Samantha. We have to put that in. (Adam)
Which, for some reason,
they doubled from eight to 16. And in 1944,
they published the thing. That’s really where the
Myers-Briggs test came from? That’s so… stupid. Yeah. And Carl Jung
would agree with you. He once even said… Shh! Oh, sorry. Like tiddlywinks!