If you put yourself in the position being humble and genuinely willing to learn, then the group will subconsciously, yet inexorably push you to stay in such a situation. Furthermore, they will identify you as the group scapegoat. All shortcomings of the group will be ATTRIBUTED TO YOU. If you don’t want to get shit, then don’t take shit.
And God help you if you happen to be the smart one of the group. They won’t understand your ideas, so they’ll break them into shards and shank you with the pieces. Before you share ideas with any group, you should first find out what peoples’ weaknesses and insecurities are — so that when they do lash out at you for being smarter than them, you have all the ammunition you need to destroy their fragile little self-esteems.
They will not realize how deeply hypocritical and insecure they are being. They will admonish you to be more humble and more willing to accept advice — even as they continue to pile on the shit. Therefore, if anyone tries that kind of bullshit on you, you throw it back in their face IMMEDIATELY. Don’t be afraid to be brutal in your verbal abuse — regardless of how «gently» they seem to be poking at you. If they are poking at you gently, it is because they are testing you. Fuck. Them. Up.