Elvis - driven by conflicting internal needs: In her excellent academic book, Elvis Presley: A Bio-Bibliography, Professor Patsy Guy Hammontree made a number of important observations about Elvis and his psychological and personal needs.
rofessor Hammontree drew a picture of a person whose life was more fiction that fact, and who, due to the nature of his internal doubts, upbringing and success, displayed a number of varied psychological indicators ranging from authoritarianism to dependence.
On his relationship with Linda Thompson, Professor Hammontree wrote:
Aged twenty-one and ambitious, Thompson enjoyed publicity. She quickly understood that Elvis required a lot of attention and that she could benefit from seeing that he got it. She readily adapted to his controlled environment, accepting him as a law unto himself. Once, speaking to Rocky Barra, publisher of Strictly Elvis, Thompson remarked, “Elvis is a special person. He’s different from other people and he doesn’t have to live by the same rules that other people do.” Like others in Elvis’s inner circle, Thompson excluded Elvis from standard behavioural codes.
In spite of his authoritarianism, Elvis liked to be coddled and treated like a youngster needing protection. Thompson gladly behaved toward him in that way. In an article in McCalls magazine several years after Elvis died, Thompson described the relationship they had, pointing out that they were “lovers, friends, brother, sister, daddy and little girl, mommy and baby.” According to Thompson, Elvis regularly called her “mommy” and she called him “Bunton” or “baby”.