LIFE Published January14, 2016 By Czarelli Tuason

Wealthier Upbringing Most Likely To Shape Extrovert Individuals, Study Suggests

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A recent study conducted by the Sutton Trust educational charity found that individuals who were exposed to wealthier upbringing are more likely to develop an extrovert personality and land on high-paying jobs than those who were raised from less wealthy backgrounds, reported The Guardian on Thursday.

These individuals who are considered extrovert are said to be more expressive, enthusiastic and assertive than introverts and are allegedly 25 percent more likely to earn over £40,000.

The research, titled "A Winning Personality," is aimed at identifying whether personalities, which may be molded through a person's background and upbringing, could be a disadvantage for the future careers of children who do not experience wealthier upbringing.  

"We know that, in the UK, even more than in many other countries, a privileged upbringing is likely to lead to better grades at school, and a better chance at a successful career," said one of the study's authors, Robert De Vries from the University of Kent. "But, along with the previous research we review, today's analysis of the BBC Big Personality Test show that those from better-off backgrounds have yet another advantage when it comes to non-academic factors like extroversion and career aspirations."

According to Telegraph on Wednesday, the researchers analyzed data on 150,000 residents in the U.K. that were gathered from the BBC's Big Personality Test, and found that adults with extrovert personality have higher chances of getting paid higher in their jobs.

"For a variety of reasons, children from more advantaged backgrounds appear more likely to develop personality characteristics and aspirations which subsequently benefit them in the labor market," noted the authors in their study. "There are likely to be many reasons for this, including the fact that children from lower income backgrounds are more likely to experience stress and instability at home."

The study suggests that educational institutions should help prepare children from less advantaged backgrounds by improving their knowledge on professional jobs, as well as enforcing positive feedback to encourage and improve social skills.

"Our research shows that there is a clear correlation between social and other skills and earnings," said Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust. "We must therefore build the career aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and foster the more intangible qualities that they need to succeed and which are not taught in the curriculum such as confidence, aspiration, resilience and creativity."

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