To start off I have no Psych experience besides 101 in high school and Sociology classes. So forgive me the laymans. I have a theory, that I have been testing for the past 8-10 years I call the Art Class theory. To begin I have been classified as having above average intelligence since the first grade. Anyway through life I've found that actually being smarter doesn't exactly win you medals in socialism with your classmates, nor with your Neanderthal boss... SO I stared acting dumb, not so much to fit in, but to get through without being bothered. After high school, I find that this theory still pertains to my work and probably any work out there... THE ART CLASS THEORY when you start in art class (or any class really) the teachers all want an assessment of your skills. In ART I, I took a long and arduous time to make a very deatiled portrait of a bird. After that initial assessment EVERY project I had was held up to that benchmark, which meant I had no time to evolve any other techniques or methods and furthur myself. So the next year in ART II, I drew stick figures and (literally) and was left alone getting very high grades for all the improvement I made on even the strangest iterations. In college, it was the same story. Every assessment I had I intenionally bombed, so as to progress with as much breadth as possible while still maintaing high grades. Work was the same, though I made the mistake of thinking it wasn't. Same as the Art Class procedure above: fail miserably while trying my hardest, or act dumb and get more done at higher standards... So from a psych point of view let me know what you think. I will tell you I'm not lazy or dumb, in fact I love to progress at the fastest rate possible, which is what led me to this theory.