How to tell someone is lying to me or telling a lie?
So you don’t have a polygraph test to rely on how do you tell if someone is lying, statistics show without a lie detector test you may as well flip a coin however below is some research on how to tell when someone is lying—and get the truth out of them
In 2009 the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) was formed by the US Federal Government to develop best practices for lie detection best spending over fifteen million dollars by 2016 in over 100 research projects with psychologists.
Looking at the findings and research at what liars do?
They are nice to you when lying
You have to get a rapport with the liar so they can open up, too talk a lot. And to make a mistakes that can reveals their deception.
A good trick is to be a “friendly journalist.” And do your homework before they write an article. The more information you have going into a conversation with the liar, the better your internal lie detector will be.
The report found that “bad cop” wasn’t effective, but “good cop” was. Everybody wants to be treated with respect, and when people are, they’re more likely to talk.
Don’t rely on body language too much to see if they are lying or telling a lie
A leading psychology professor and leading expert on lie detection, says body language cues are very rarely predictive.
Addressing a common myth directly: “Liars won’t look you in the eyes.” HIG’s review of the research found that “gaze aversion has never been shown to be a reliable indicator.”
And if that’s not enough to dispel the myth, there’s a study of the behaviour of incarcerated psychopaths. They look people in the eyes more often than non-psychopaths.
They ask unanticipated questions for lie detection
Ask an underage-looking person at a bar trying to buy alcohol how old they are and you’ll hear a confident “I’m 18.” But if you asked them for a date of birth it requires some mental calculations so a liar will pause, however it’s an exceedingly easy question for someone telling the truth.
There’s a report on standard airport security methods that catch less than 5% of liars but when unanticipated questions are used that number shot up to 66%.
So start off with the expected questions, being non-intimidating and gives you a baseline then, throw them a question that’s easy for someone telling the truth to answer but that a liar would not be ready for. Gauge the reactions, did they answer calmly and quickly, or did they delay the answer?
Ask for details you can verify too. “So if I call you wife, she can confirm that you were at that movies yesterday?” Someone telling the truth will be able to quickly and easily answer that. Liars will be reluctant and stall.
Another example: “What was Jane wearing at the meeting yesterday?” Again, easy for honest people, but a nightmare for someone lying as its verifiable.
They use strategic evidence to catch lies
As you did your homework in advance and have built that rapport and got them talking now lead them to say things that contradicts the info you have.
Ask to clarify the evidence so they commit to it. And then say “Sorry, I’m confused. You said you were with Steve yesterday evening, but Steve has been in Norfolk all of this week” Are they now thinking hard, does their reply contradict anything else, is it now digging the hole they have fallen into even deeper?
A Swedish Police Study in 2006 found they typically detected lies 56.1% of the time. Those with “strategic use of evidence as above” scored an 85.4%.
You want to reveal evidence slowly. You may even get a confession with repeated contradictions out of embarrassment. Although most likely it will make their lying increasingly more obvious.
They don’t challenge people too early with the content and truth
If you immediately start the questioning and accuse them of lying, they are more likely to shut down and not say anything or they will just change their story.
Would you want to help them create and tell a better lie? The goal is to make them want to put it all out there and paint themselves into a corner and expose them as a liar and get to the truth.
Here is the problem with slippery people: They get great feedback, you don’t. If I lie and don’t get caught, I see what works. If I lie and get caught, I see what doesn’t work.
On the other hand, the majority of the time you don’t get good feedback on whether someone was honest with you. So liars are always improving, you don’t. And that gives them an advantage over you. Don’t help them improve further!Read More
Can an innocent person fail a polygraph test ?
Is it Possible to Fail in a Lie Detector Test If You’re Innocent?
As a polygraph examiner, we often get asked the question can an innocent person fail a polygraph test? The answer is it is possible. Usually, polygraph tests are taken by a polygraph examiner who observes a person’s body’s responses, incorrect outcomes, if they are telling the truth or not, a physiological response, and so on.
What is a Polygraph Test?
Polygraph tests are lie detectors that measure a person’s biophysical reactions to different questions. It observes your heart rate, answers to control questions or comparison questions, breathing, how Anxiety affects you when interrogated. Invented in 1921 in Berkeley, California.
In addition, it also showcases your unique physiological responses to particular topics. For example, if someone was sexually abused when young, asking relevant questions and irrelevant questions about that topic may trigger unique reactions both physically and physiologically in the person.
In short, the polygraph test does not exactly say if you are lying or not through your incorrect outcomes. It is rather indicated through your actions that you may be deceiving the lie detector expert.
How Does A Polygraph Test Work?
Firstly you have to go to a room where only you and the polygraph examiner will be present. Then in order to monitor your physiological reaction, a few types of equipment will be attached to you to monitor the lie detector test. Firstly a blood pressure cuff will get put on you to monitor your cardiovascular activity.
Then to monitor your skin conductivity, also known as Galvan skin or electrodermal response, an electrode will be attached to your fingertip. Furthermore, alongside these, other things used on you are recording devices and questioning techniques to detect lies.
Several electronic sensors will also be placed on your chest and abdominal areas to monitor your respiratory system. These devices mentioned above are used during a lie detector test to obtain accurate polygraph results.
Should You Take a Lie Detector Test
The answer to this question varies on your reasoning for taking a lie detector test. If you are someone who is criminally accused of something and your probation officers are asking you to take a polygraph test. Then it is safe to assume they are most probably trying to verify if you are lying or not and gather evidence against you.
For such a case, a piece of good advice will be to refrain from taking the lie detector test if you are guilty of the crime, especially for sex offenders and people involved in a bank robbery. However, it is wise to follow what your lawyer advises.
Furthermore, if you get asked to take a polygraph test by your office as a requirement for the hiring process, then it is recommended to take it. Moreover, your employer may ask you to take polygraph tests if money or documents get stolen from the office. For such instances, if you are an innocent person, the odds of failing a polygraph test are low. So such a test may save you from other hassles in the office. But be sure to hire a lawyer.
If you are looking to take lie detector tests with your friends for recreational purposes or for fun by hiring a private examiner, then it may be worth the experience.
How Accurate Is the Polygraph Test?
Polygraphs are known to be fairly accurate; otherwise, polygraph machines wouldn’t have been a common tool worldwide. With a few false positives and false negatives here and there, according to studies, a polygraph test is accurate 80% to 90% of the time. The percentages vary due to external reasons.
It may not be 100% accurate, but with scientific evidence, such tests are better at detecting lies or guilty people compared to your average person. Though, people may have lied about precise questions asked to them during the study. The rate of inaccuracy may be higher when lie detection tests are in real life cases resulting in more false positives or a fail in the test.
It is possible to wrongly pass the polygraph test with a decent idea of what a polygraph machine is and how it works. Besides, people who are very good at hiding stuff usually are able to beat a lie detector.
Research has shown that lie detectors are worse at detecting innocent people or someone who is telling the truth compared to a guilty person or a liar. There have been cases where half the people telling the truth did fail a polygraph test.
Can an Innocent Fail the Test?
As mentioned above, an innocent person can fail polygraph tests but may not be necessarily linked with lying. As polygraph results depend on physiological reactions and psychological behaviours, it is not the most accurate.
An innocent person may be under stress which may cause them to be nervous, resulting in heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. These signs may cause innocent people to wrongly fail a polygraph test.
Furthermore, Anxiety plays a significant role in the person taking the polygraph test. As the results depend on unique physiological responses, error rates may be high when someone is under the above-mentioned conditions. This may result in a person failing a polygraph which is one of its fundamental problems.
Even though having a certain response on a specific topic may indicate you aren’t telling the truth. It does not exactly mean you fail the test. These responses depend from person to person.
For these reasons, such polygraph evidence is generally inadmissible in court or any legal hearing.
How Do You Pass A Polygraph If You Are Nervous?
Scientific research studies show that most of the people who give polygraph tests have nervousness or Anxiety affect them before they take a polygraph test. Both the innocent and the guilty reacted similarly before giving the test.
If you are having nervousness issues but still want to pass a polygraph test; here’s how to
Do Not Overthink
One of the prime causes of nervousness is overthinking and high stress levels. Try to keep a clear head and when it gets filled with thoughts, take deep breaths and remain calm. Do not ask people who have already given the test about their experience. It will instead make you more nervous.
It Is Okay To Be Nervous
No one expects you to be perfect before giving a polygraph test. Even someone who is completely innocent may be nervous, which is totally normal. Being nervous will allow your examiner to get more accurate results of your physiological response when tested.
Take Your Time
Do not think you are bound to answer every question asked instantly. You can ask the examiner to repeat the question up to six times. It will be better to ask your examiner how many times you are allowed to repeat the question before it gets skipped.
Do not rush, as the hastiness when you are nervous may cause you to fail the polygraph test.
Can You Fail a Lie Detector Test if You Are Nervous?
Nervousness may result in a person failing a polygraph test. Even if you aren’t lying but because you are nervous, your blood pressure is high, and you are breathing heavily. As lie detectors cannot differentiate between Anxiety, nervousness and lying. They depend on your unique physiological response to determine if you are truthful or not. So nervousness may result in you failing the test.
However, the examiner usually understands when a person is nervous and when they are lying as they have years of experience. So usually, they will be able to figure out that you are just nervous and tell you to calm down. Additionally, they may also consider answers which show you are lying.
On top of that, if you are someone with medically certified Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD or Bi-Polar is it better to let your examiner know before taking the polygraph test.
What We Recommend for Curbing Anxiety
Anxiety is a common human response to stress and worry. It may end up becoming a severe issue. There are several ways to curb your Anxiety instantly to a point that we recommend. Such as
- Try making yourself understand that it’s just your nervous system entering and causing you to worry.
- Never criticise yourself for being anxious. Instead, let yourself know it is a healthy response to complicated situations, which is very typical.
Reality check is a clever way to stop yourself from being anxious. Ask yourself what are the odds of the things I am worried about actually happening. Is it clever of me to think something may go wrong? Maybe I am just stressed?
These are some steps we recommend trying for curbing Anxiety. Other methods may include sharing your Anxiety with someone, a mental break or medical help.
Now that you know most about polygraph testing and how innocent persons should pass or fail the test, now it’s your turn. If you’re accused of something that you didn’t do, or you’re struggling to find out the truth, let us help you.
Our chief examiner Jason Hubble is the secretary of the UK Polygraph Association and member of the American Polygraph Association and is perfectly capable of helping you in any cases.Read More
Huel Discount Code
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Thanks for reading this, hope your Huel journey is as good as mine, just tried the Choc Mint flavour and its good, favourite is still the original Vanilla though.
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The Huel Powder Formula Explained
Huel Powder is a nutritionally complete powdered food that is high in protein and fibre, low in sugar and salt, rich in phytonutrients, and contains a balanced macro split of 37:30:30:3 (carbohydrate, protein, fat, fibre) and all 26 essential vitamins and minerals.
Additionally, it contains no lactose or any animal products, no soy, and no GMO.
Huel Powder meets the UK and EU Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI), Reference Intake (RI) and Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) for all macro- and micronutrients, it is a sustained source of energy and has a wealth of other nutritional benefits.
Huel Powder is 37:30:30:3 Macro Split
The principle macronutrients that we obtain energy from food are carbohydrate, fat, protein, and fibre. In Huel Powder we’ve set them at the ratio of 37:30:30:3 respectively; i.e. 37% of the energy comes from carbohydrates, 30% from fats, 30% from proteins and 3% from fibre.
Amino acids are the most basic units of protein, and several amino acids are essential for life, with others being crucial for good health, so any diet has to contain a significant amount of protein.
There are also fatty acids that are essential for life and good health, so including sources of fat is crucial too.
Carbohydrates, however, are not essential per se, but they do have significant benefits to sustaining even energy levels and are significantly cheaper, helping to make Huel Powder more affordable.
We’ve designed Huel Powder at these ratios as they are not only within the parameters of the healthy eating guidelines but are also levels designed for optimum, sustained energy release whilst covering macronutritional requirements for disease prevention.
The carbs in Huel Powder are from ultra-fine powdered oats and tapioca. Oats have been shown to have a low glycaemic index (GI); GI refers to the speed after which we ingest a carb source to the resulting rise in blood sugar and, hence, energy levels The oats in Huel Powder mix easily and help sustain energy levels until the next meal. Many of the formulas used in sports nutrition or for weight reduction use maltodextrin as the main carb source. Maltodextrin is cheap and easy to mix, so there’s a valid reason for its use. However, although it’s a ‘complex’ carb, it actually has a high GI , so these formulas provide a surge of energy followed by a slump: far from ideal for busy people with active jobs. Maltodextrin is also a synthetic carb so provides nothing more than carbohydrates for energy. The oat powder in Huel Powder has been milled so finely that it’s readily soluble, and there’s also not a huge price difference compared to maltodextrin. Plus, as oats are natural, they provide so much more than just carbohydrates: many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients too. Indeed, it could be said that the inclusion of oat powder is one of the main reasons why Huel Powder could be considered superior to many foods readily consumed today.
Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava, a root vegetable, similar to sweet potato. It’s inclusion in Huel Powder provides additional carbohydrates and aids texture.
The fats in Huel Powder provide 30% of the total energy and are made up from flaxseeds and sunflower seeds to ensure that the essential fatty acids are included in optimum amounts. We’ve also included coconut for very good reasons: the fats in coconut are what are known as medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, and these are treated much like carbs, i.e. they provide an energy-rich, sustained fuel and are perfect for those of us with busy lifestyles But MCTs have another invaluable quality: they are not susceptible to oxidation and rancidity, meaning that they do not contribute to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. In short, MCTs from coconut are a healthy and efficient source of energy.
There are two completely essential fatty acids (EFAs) that humans require: linoleic acid (LA – an omega-6 fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA – an omega-3) . Using our blend of flaxseed and sunflower oil powder, we’ve ensured Huel Powder contains sufficient amounts of both of these EFAs as well as other omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Moreover, these natural seed powders provide antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals in a biochemical redox balance to help minimise free-radical production. Free radicals may be involved in the pathology of cancer, cardiovascular disease and ageing, so it’s desirable to keep their formation to a minimum, and this is the role of antioxidants.
The RI for protein is 50g per day, but this only covers our very basic needs and prevents protein deficiency . The Western diet typically provides more and Huel Powder does too. All essential amino acids are included in adequate amounts from two vegan protein sources: pea and brown rice protein, as well as protein from the oat powder. Based on an average 2,000-calorie intake, you’ll be consuming 148g protein per day from Huel Powder. This provides a good amount for optimal health as well as building and maintaining a healthy body. Furthermore, protein is more satiating (appetite suppressing) than other macronutrients , and we’ve designed Huel Powder to stop unwanted hunger pangs.
Protein is made up of amino acids. There are over 500 amino acids in nature, 20 of which are known as the standard amino acids, as these are the ones that are coded for genetically and are subsequently involved in primary protein synthesis in animals. Of these 20, nine are essential as they cannot be synthesised from other amino acids.
The nine essential amino acids are:
The other 11 are:
- Aspartic acid
- Glutamic acid
Amino Acid Content of Huel Powder (based on v3.0 Vanilla – amounts will differ slightly for other flavours)
|Amino Acid (mg)||Per 100g||Per 2000kcal||RDA*||%RDA per 100g|
*WHO (2007) recommended daily amounts for essential amino acids for a 70kg adult
**Combined total for methionine + cysteine
***Combined total for phenylalanine + tyrosine
****Figure includes asparagine
*****Figure includes glutamine
All protein sources are not equal: some are classed as ‘complete proteins’ and some are not. A complete protein is one that contains sufficient quantities of all nine essential amino acids.
Generally, proteins derived from animal foods (meats, fish, poultry, milk and eggs) are complete. Indeed, some proteins derived from plant foods (legumes, seeds, grains and vegetables) are often complete as well; examples include chickpeas, black beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews, cauliflower, quinoa, pistachios, turnip greens, black-eyed peas and soya. Many plant foods have insufficient amounts of one or more of the essential amino acids. Some are notably low, such as corn protein, which is low in lysine and isoleucine.
The protein in Huel Powder comes from four of the main six ingredients: pea protein, oats, brown rice protein and flaxseed. This ensures a good range of all amino acids and that there are sufficient amounts of the essential amino acids. Rice protein is high in the sulphur-containing amino acids cysteine and methionine, plus it contains good amounts of all the others, but is very low in lysine. Pea protein is low in cysteine and methionine but high in lysine. This is why we selected these two sources, ensuring everything was covered whilst keeping Huel Powder vegan. Plus there’s additional protein from the oats, which are reasonably high in all essential aminos, and the flaxseed.
Huel Powder contains 116-152% (based on European v3.0 formula, varies between flavour/variety) of the recommended daily amount of fibre. The fibre in Huel Powder is a mixture of soluble and insoluble forms all naturally supplied from the food ingredients, mainly from oats and flaxseed, and provides more than most modern solid diets. The high-fibre content of Huel Powder helps to ensure the formation of normal, solid stools in healthy users.
Fibre acts like a sponge, so it’s important to consume lots of water when using Huel Powder . The Huel Powder formula has been designed to maintain optimum digestive system health. Moreover, you may well have heard about the beneficial soluble fibre in oats called beta-glucan; well, Huel Powder is loaded with this cholesterol-lowering fibre; ideal for a healthy heart .
A bulk of the vitamins and minerals – also known as micronutrients – in Huel Powder are from natural ingredients. However, in order to meet the demands of a Western lifestyle, we’ve added a unique vitamin and mineral formula to provide, in some cases, more than 100% of the recommended amounts.
Since the UK Dietary Reference Values were compiled in 1991 , there have been numerous studies in the past 20 years demonstrating that, for many micronutrients, levels higher than the RNI may have beneficial effects to health.
For example, it’s widely considered that the amount of vitamin C we’re recommended to consume is too low , so we’ve reflected this in the Huel Powder formula. The vitamin C in Huel Powder is provided by the acerola cherries. Benefits of consuming more vitamin C include a healthy immune system, healthy skin and antioxidant properties
With calcium, the US recommended amount is more than the UK RNI (1,300mg vs 800mg per day) , and we feel the US recommendation is more than sufficient to more than protect against osteoporosis. With some of the trace elements the levels are far higher than the recommended amounts. This is because we only need tiny amounts of them, but the natural ingredients in Huel Powder are a rich source.
Choline is a conditionally essential B vitamin, and although, strictly speaking, it can be synthesised in our bodies, it’s more efficient to obtain it from our diets. It’s of particular importance for post-menopausal women. As Huel Powder is all about optimum health, the inclusion of choline was felt to be fundamental.
Iodine is a trace mineral essential for thyroid health. The inclusion of kelp in Huel is to provide a natural source of iodine.
There has been some concern about phytic acid: a naturally occurring substance in some cereals including oats. Phytic acid can chelate (bind) some minerals meaning that they’re less bioavailable . As oat powder is a fundamental ingredient of Huel Powder, we’ve ensured the levels of some minerals, like iron and zinc, are higher, to accommodate any issues with phytic acid chelation. Furthermore, the high level of vitamin C in Huel Powder will also further promote iron absorption .
Phytonutrients are substances found in plant foods which, whilst not essential, may exhibit some health benefits like disease risk prevention. Junk food diets and many synthetic liquid diets that aren’t based on real food are deficient in phytonutrients, and thus consumers miss out on invaluable health benefits and antioxidant effects.
Because Huel Powder’s fundamental ingredients are plant-based foods, these are already phytonutrient-rich and the benefits are passed onto anyone consuming Huel Powder. However, we’ve also added some additional phytonutrients to optimise the Huel Powder formula and to complement the antioxidant nutrients vitamins C and E and selenium.
Phytonutrient polyphenols in Huel Powder have antioxidant activity and help protect against cardiovascular disease, some cancers and age-related conditions. Huel Powder’s beneficial phytonutrients include:
- Avenanthramides: antioxidant polyphenols unique to oats shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Ferulic acid: also from oats, a potent antioxidant and antibacterial agent that has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
- Lutein: from the flaxseed powder and we’ve also added additional lutein in our vitamin and mineral blend. Although not essential, there is concern that diets low in lutein may lead to macular degeneration of the eye in the elderly, as lutein is involved in eye pigment development. Lutein is also an antioxidant.
- Zeaxanthin: another antioxidant, this has been added as it also has a role in long-term eye health.
- Lycopene: added as it’s a potent antioxidant and has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
- Other carotenoids and bioflavonoids have antioxidant activity and are naturally present from the acerola cherries.
Huel Powder contains the probiotic Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria which, when consumed in adequate amounts, may have health benefits, particularly for gut health.
Kombucha is a fermented product that is made using a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). Kombucha provides B-vitamins which are produced when the SCOBY breaks down the sugars present.
Summary – Huel Powder is Food
As you can see, Huel Powder has a far superior nutrition compared to most conventional diets. Huel Powder can be your sole nutritional source, or you can drink it as individual meals or even as a between-meal snack. In this way, it can be an add-on improvement to your diet to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs.Read More
Location, Location, Location…
There are seemingly a lot of options when booking a lie detector test. However, there are only three polygraph companies in the U.K. that have their own offices and we are one of them. We are also the only concern to have a dedicated examination office in the South East of the U.K.
Why do we think it is important to conduct a an examination in an office environment? For one is a distraction free zone that we the examiner can manage. Our testing suite has been setup to get the best results when testing someone with the room layout so the client faces the correct way not looking at the examiner and facing a clear wall. The room is also quiet and well ventilated.
We have both a private testing suite and a separate waiting room, where your partner or relatives can wait in comfort whilst the test is being carried out. We have male and female toilets and a facility to make hot drinks and even a small car park.
Whilst we do also offer home visits, we need to assure that you have a suitable environment for us to perform a test in. We also offer local office hire and use a network of offices all over the country allowing us to have a nationwide coverage, (link to locations page)so it is always possible to offer a test close to your location.
Our own dedicated offices are based in Kent’s county town of Maidstone, in a converted schoolhouse, conveniently located in the centre of the town at 6 Buckland Road Maidstone Kent ME16 0SL. Both Maidstone East, West and Barracks railway stations are no more than 10 minutes’ walk away and the M20 and M25 road network is close. We are approximately 45 minutes from London.
We charge £399 all-inclusive at our Maidstone office and can take evening and weekend bookings so you do not need to take time off work. We can usually offer same week appointments as we appreciate when you decide to take a test you would rather take a test as soon as possible.Read More
The following discussion between examiner and examinee will increase disclosures of problem behavior during interview and produce better tests results due to enhancing the effect of differential saliency. Release of Information Form: Reinforce confidentiality; “it’s nobody else’s business what we talk about.” You will be given every opportunity to discuss with me the things you know are important in this interview.
I will review all of the standard conditions of probation and treatment; most will probably not apply to you, but some will, and you will need to be honest with me about each of them. When we are all done discussing your activity during the period for this test, I will have two “stacks” of behavior; one stack (maybe large) of things you have not done and another one (probably small) of things you have done or may apply to you in some way. I will normally test you on those activities you claim you have not done. That way it will be very easy for you to pass the test. So, if something applies to you, whether you have told your PO or treatment provider, just be honest and tell me so we can talk about it and get if off your mind (no longer a secret). I am not going to test you on things you have done—just what you claim you have not done. Give ‘gun’ example: and “how sure are you that you haven’t handled a firearm? 100%?” Once we are done with this review, which will take a while, then I can put together the simple “yes or “no” questions for your test. Since I do not know what kind of things you are going to tell me, I do not know what the test questions will be until we are all done with the review. We will then prepare all test questions together, that way if you think of something else you can tell me before the test and I can change the question if I need to, or even toss it out and put something else in.
There many things I can test and interview you on today and I want you to be completely certain that your answer to each question is 100% truthful. This is a very easy test to pass, but it is just as easy to fail. Therefore, before you get into “that” chair and are hooked up to the polygraph, you will know every question on the test since we made them up together and reviewed them. It is against the law for me to ask you any other question during the test (like in the movies) other than the ones we prepared and you assured me you were answering truthfully.
By signing this release you are agreeing to several things; you understand the information we talk about is only given to the persons/programs listed above; you will follow the instructions I give you on how to “take” the test and interview, and perhaps most important, you agree to be completely honest about everything we talk about. You cannot choose what you will be truthful to. This is not a lie-detector test, unless you decide to purposely lie to any of the questions, then that is exactly what it will end up being. This is really a ‘truth verification test’ which is a much better outcome for you and will make your PO and treatment provider happy. Remember, the first thing they look at on my report is the last page, which indicates if the person “passed or “failed”. When, not “if” you pass this test they are less likely to impose a severe penalty if you were honest and told me about it before the test. Of course, if you have robbed a bank that is a different story—-but as long as you told me about it before the test, you would still pass the test. Remember, you can pass this test no matter what you have done, as long as you tell me the truth about it. Again—I am not going to test you on what you have done—just what you have not done. When you “pass” this test today, the next one we do will be from this day forward—a clean slate, but only if you tell the truth before you take this test. If you lie you will fail the test. That will bring everything to a standstill. You will eventually have to get honest anyway; you will be in trouble with your PO and treatment provider and are sanctioned for lying. Most of the time the lie is a bigger deal than the behavior was. In most all cases, you will probably be required to pay again and take a re-test. Unlike any other test you have ever taken, you will know the results of this one before you even take it. I am the only one in the dark right now, but in a little while, I will know what you know. So, if you promise to be truthful with me today, go ahead and sign the form. If you feel for any reason you just cannot be honest today, do not sign the form; you can wait in the lobby and I will contact your PO.
End of First Chart: OK—how did you feel when you answered each question? Did anything important come to your mind on any of the questions we need to talk about? If something did, we can ‘fix’ it before we do the next chart. I think you sat pretty still as I asked you to do—the computer did not show any twitches or movement, which is good. No, I do not know how you are doing on the test, since the data is stored in the computer and I will print it out and evaluate it when we are all done. However, you know how you are doing don’t you? As long as you know you are being completely honest to each question, you will pass the test. OK, let us get ready to do the second examination chart. Since you are telling the truth (I hope) this second time through will actually be a little easier. You know how it feels to sit there and answer each question; you are used to hearing my voice and you are aware of how it feels to be very honest when you answer “yes” or “no”.
On that first chart, the questions were asked in the same order we prepared them and rehearsed them earlier. On this chart, the computer will mix up the order in which the questions will be asked so I will be asking them in a different order. Same questions—same truthful answers. If you are simply sitting there waiting to tell the truth, you don’t care what order they are in– -do you? Of course, if you are waiting to lie, that will be obvious when it happens.
OK, let us get started again. OK, that chart should have “felt” easier than the first. It is always easier to tell the truth repeatedly since your body gets more and more comfortable each time. Truthful people often say they can feel their stress level go down when they know they are being honest. Now, for the person who is not being honest it just starts bad and gets worse, every time. So, before we finish this up, is there anything else you may have thought about we need to discuss? We can still “fix” a question if you “remembered” something during the test. OK then, this third chart should be the best one for you. So sit quietly, pay close attention and listen carefully, telling the truth one more time. When we finish this chart, I will check the data to make sure you did not flinch or move, which could require additional testing.
OK, we are all done with the test and interview. I will have you wait in the lobby for me. I will print out all your test data and do the evaluation. It will take 20-30 minutes to complete and then I will come get you and we will review the results.