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George Zimmerman Is Arrested Again

George Zimmerman is a ticking time bomb.

George Zimmerman, the self-appointed captain of his neighborhood watch program, who was found not guilty of murdering 17 year old Trayvon Martin, is back in the headlines.

Before Martin lost his life, the world had never heard of Zimmerman. However, because of the publicity and shock of the murder trial, he is now a household name. Since the verdict was rendered, Zimmerman, who should be laying low and embracing his freedom, can't seem to stay out of the news.

So, why isn't this guy living a model life after evading a long term prison sentence? Even Casey Anthony has the good sense to not make waves, stay out of trouble and remain secluded from the outside world.

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Not George. He, in contrast, seems to relish the spotlight and the bad boy image. Here’s the Zimmerman timeline as it relates to run-ins with the law:

• July, 2005 - Arrested and charged with "resisting an officer with violence" and battery of a law enforcement officer.

• August, 2005 – Ex-fiancée, Veronica Zuazo, filed for a restraining order.

• December, 2006 - Ticketed for speeding. The case was dismissed when the officer failed to appear in court.

• February 26, 2012 - Fatally shot Martin. On July 13, 2013 he was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter and released.

• July 28, 2013 - Stopped by a Texas trooper for speeding outside Dallas, TX. He incredulously asks the officer if he recognized him. He was given a verbal warning and allowed to leave.

• September 4, 2013 - Pulled over in Lake Mary, FL for speeding: 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. Received a $256 ticket.

• September 9, 2013 - Police respond to a 911 call made by his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman. She claimed he threatened her and punched her father in the face, but refused to press charges.

• November 18, 2013 - Arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, battery and criminal mischief. His live-in girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, claimed he broke a table, pointed a shotgun at her and threw her out of their home. When police arrived they found two guns and enough evidence to take him into custody.

Zimmerman appeared before the judge where he was ordered to stay away from any and all weapons, have zero contact with Scheibe and was also issued a monitoring device so any movement could be tracked.

However, prosecutors noted that, Zimmerman had attacked Scheibe days before, choking her and threatening suicide, while saying he had "nothing to lose." They pleaded that the girlfriend was fearful for her safety and bail should be denied. But, since the first incident was never reported, he will not be charged for the choking and bail was granted.

Dash cam shows Zimmerman stopped for speeding outside Dallas, TX

As I discuss in George Zimmerman: The Mind Of The Shooter, before February 26, 2012, Zimmerman was paranoid and angry. There had been previous break-ins around the neighborhood and he was determined to put a stop to it. He even called 911 regarding a 7 year old. On that fateful, rainy night, Zimmerman happened upon Martin with deadly consequences. The teen's death resulted in an outcry from coast to coast, with Florida’s stand your ground law and gun rights all in the crosshairs of public debate.

This has all been discussed ad-nauseum. So, instead of rehashing old arguments let’s take a look at George Zimmerman’s psychology. I provide the usual disclaimer that I have not personally evaluated this man and I am providing an opinion—not a diagnosis.

Before the Treyvon trial, there were signs of instability. Then, less than a month after being acquitted he visited the Kel-Tec gun manufacturing plant, smiling for the cameras. The average person would have embraced returning to a normal life and shunned the spotlight forever. What possibly could have been going through his mind? In case you’ve forgotten, Martin was killed with Zimmerman's Kel-Tec 9 mm pistol and the plant is located an hour away from where Martin was killed.

After a highly publicized trial, fame and a not-guilty verdict, this was the first clue that things were starting to unravel. There are some who think they are above the law and that the rules of society do not apply to them. Typically these are powerful, wealthy and influential men.

Zimmerman exhibits many of the same narcissistic traits. He killed another human being, became famous because of this and then not only suffered no consequences, but had his inner narcissism stroked. Forget your thoughts about his innocence or guilt, that has no relevance to this analysis. What matters is that he became famous for the killing and in his mind this yielded two positives. Fame and an inner feeling that he got away with murder.

This explains his repeated scrapes with the law since the trial, which was only four months ago. He has become so narcissistic he feels un-touchable, and prior run-ins with police with no repercussions have added fuel to the fire. In fact he feels like a celebrity with the police, thinking he is a hero to the men and women of law enforcement. But this time, the law is taking a stronger stance and he may well have stepped too far.

As I discuss in a recent blog on OJ Simpson, Zimmerman is also a narcissistic abuser, ready to justify any and all bad behavior. In the latest incident he even called 911 to tell his side of the story, knowing full well it would be played and replayed to the national public. He has learned how the system works and uses this to fuel his now massive ego.

The public defender claims that even though Zimmerman is now $2.5 million in debt, he will be out on the streets by the time this article is posted. I’m concerned. At this point, George Zimmerman is a very dangerous man.

Dale Archer, M.D., is a clinical psychiatrist and author of The New York Times bestseller, Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional.

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