"Hard to say," said the University of British Columbia's Aquino. "There is some evidence that qualities of 'jerkiness' can help people become more financially successful, and probably there are some qualities like aggression, ruthlessness and a lack of empathy that contribute to one's ability to accumulate wealth."
"On the other hand," he added, "people's circumstances can change their thinking." So inner jerkiness, like wealth, might not be forever.
The study was published online Feb. 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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