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User Topic: Polygraph tests
ProbableIceCream
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Default  Posted: 7:32 PM, March 14th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I wish people would stop recommending polygraphs. Polygraphs are notorious for false positives. Moreover, there are also easy ways to fool them. AND: people who give honest answers to the 'control' questions are more likely to fail the test than people who lie.

The polygraph is not a scientific instrument. It's used by government agencies as a screening tool to scare people into confessions and to say 'hey, it sucks that our employee was a spy, but we did polygraph him, so we're not to blame.'

Polygraphs don't measure lying and truth. They measure physiological arousal, and they're calibrated to the level of arousal measured when the subject answers a control question such as "have you ever told a lie" with a lie ("no"). That's it.


Me, 32. DD, 8. DS, 6 (deceased).

Posts: 819 | Registered: Nov 2012 | From: Pacific Northwest
CrazySad
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Default  Posted: 10:22 AM, March 15th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

ProbableIceCream - I wish I would have read more into polygraphs before allowing WH to spend the $300. The polygraph examiner says they are 98% accurate, but of course he would say that.

It solved nothing for me, unfortunately. I guess I would rather get a "deceptive" result than one that said he had been truthful, but actually wasn't. Thanks for your input. I hope more BS do their research prior to.

However, if your WS is not even willing to do it this as part of your R, then that's not a good sign IMO.

[This message edited by CrazySad at 5:17 AM, March 16th (Sunday)]


Me: BS (technically fiancÚ), 27
Him: WH (possible SA), 27
Not married, together 9+ years | No kids
Encounters: 100+ w/ escorts, prostitutes that he found online over past 5 years
D-day: 3/10/14
Had no clue
R still on hold

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ProbableIceCream
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Default  Posted: 5:38 PM, March 16th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I suppose they could be useful as a tactic (parking lot confessions?), but be careful about the false negs/positives.


Me, 32. DD, 8. DS, 6 (deceased).

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