By Meredith Courtney, Vice President, Client Solutions
I’ll admit it, way back in elementary school, I was the token “smart kid” at the lunch table. You know, the teacher’s pet, the one who always raises their hand with the right answer. If you’d asked others to describe me at age 6, the word “smart” would have been numero uno on the list of attributes. This helped me win most of my pleas for a new Barbie doll or that New Kids on the Block cassette tape. Admittedly, being the teacher’s pet did not bode as well in the popularity contest. But first-grade social status aside, could my goody two-shoes “label” have had a negative impact on my self-perception? I recently came across a study that had me wondering.