Lindsay's telling friends, Max pursued her from the beginning -- flirting with her aggressively since that fateful night last week at the club Avenue in NYC, where Lindsay allegedly punched a fortune teller.
Lindsay also says Max is the one who invited her backstage at Jingle Ball in Philly this week ... and he's also the one who invited her to join The Wanted on their tour bus.
But we're told Lindsay's happy to go with the flow -- because she really likes Max and enjoys hooking up with him ... even though she's not looking for a serious relationship.
The reason ... Lindsay believes she has lots of work to do on herself before she ropes someone else into her crazy life.
She's got a point.