Paul Gallagher reported for The Independent and The i newspaper on A Winning Personality

Schools should teach self-confidence, according to the authors of new research showing that extroverts tend to earn higher salaries.

Adults who are assertive, talkative and enthusiastic – defined as “highly extroverted” – are 25 per cent more likely to earn over £40,000 a year, the study showed.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, children from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to be extroverts and display high levels of openness, including imagination and intellectual curiosity, according to the report by The Sutton Trust.

The Trust’s report, A Winning Personality, uses data from 150,000 participants of the BBC’s Big Personality Test and found a clear correlation between personality, social skills and earnings.

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