New York developmental psychologist Cooper Lawrence has her own theory on what might be troubling Britney Spears, telling The New York Daily News she suspects that that the pop tart suffers from histrionic personality disorder (HPD). “It’s a person who demands to be the center of attention at all times, and when they’re not, it causes them great anxiety,” Lawrence explained. “It’s somebody who, as soon as they meet you, you’re their best friend. She meets somebody and, ‘Oh my god. I’m in love, you’re the one.’ It characterizes high impulsivity, which she certainly is. It’s not just the quickie marriages like with Jason Alexander and K-Fed. It’s the same thing with friendships. You don’t judge somebody’s character. You just all of a sudden take them into your world because it’s very dramatic to do that. Maybe because they kiss your butt enough and make you feel special and wanted and loved as you should be.”
Lawrence also joined in the pile-on of Dr. Phil McGraw, calling the talk show host’s visit to Spears’ room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center “completely unethical.” She also recoiled at reported plans for Britney’s mother Lynne and pregnant sister Jamie Lynn to appear on the chat show to discuss Britney. “Why on earth does Britney Spears’ mother need to be on Dr. Phil?” Lawrence asked. “There’s no reason for it. She’s somebody who’s seeking out her own fame. … Just the way everyone who’s been around Britney has exploited her her whole life.” Read more.