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Jan 29th, 2002 at 3:51am
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To make a long story short, I voluntary took a polygraph to clear up a fidelity issue with my husband.  I told the absolute truth to all the questions and was told the next day I failed. I was horrified and humilated.  It never occured to me I could fail if I told the truth.  What do I do now?
  
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Reply #1 - Jan 29th, 2002 at 9:10pm
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Kitty,

I am saddened to learn of your unpleasant polygraph experience. Many others, myself included, have experienced the same horror and humiliation of being falsely branded as liars based on the pseudoscience of polygraphy. Here are some suggestions:

1) Begin by educating yourself about how polygraph "testing" really works (and doesn't). The "test" is a fraud, and it actually has an inherent bias against the truthful, because the more honestly a person attempts to answer the so-called "control" questions, and as a consequence feels less stress when answering them, the more likely one is to fail! You'll want to read Chapter 3 of The Lie Behind the Lie Detector in its entirety.

2) Share this information with your husband, and anyone else who has been informed that you "failed" your polygraph "test."

3) Consider taking legal action against the charlatan who administered the polygraph "test" to you. He/she no doubt required that you sign a consent form waiving your right to sue him/her for any reason. Such a form is of questionable legal standing, however: you cannot be said to have given your informed consent to a polygraph "test," because the polygrapher no doubt neglected to inform you that the "test" depended on him/her lying to and deceiving you about the nature of the procedure. I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in this regard.

Finally, while this may not help you in your immediate difficulties, I hope you'll consider joining us in helping to expose polygraph "testing" as the fraud. One simple way to start is to tell your friends and family about AntiPolygraph.org, and to participate in the discussion and debate on this message board.
  

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Reply #2 - Aug 26th, 2002 at 11:21pm
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Kitty

I am in the same boat as you.  I failed a polygraph that was given to me when I told the complete truth.  Now my husband and I are separating because he says I am a liar and I cannot put up with his accusations anymore.  I thought that a polygraph would solve everything.  Instead, it made everything the worst it could possibly be.  Let me know if you end up suing your polygrapher and tell me if it is worth it.
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 29th, 2002 at 12:49am
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Kitty

If you are still out there and see this, please e-mail me.  I would love chat with someone else who is experiencing this because I thought I was the only one in the world.  My e-mail address is broken_64@hotmail.com

Hope to hear from you!
  
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Reply #4 - Oct 13th, 2002 at 11:49am
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If you are going to sue, please let me know how you go about this. Thanks, Storhm Cheesy
  

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Re: What to do if failed with truth
Reply #5 - Oct 20th, 2002 at 10:15pm
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Kitty:
Your experience only further proves the devestating effects of this type of witchcraft.  I ponder what the old witch hunts in Salem, Mass. would have made of this comic book writer's invention.  I would like to think that they would have burned the box at the steak, and allowed the inventor to move into solitude.  I also wonder if the inventor ever went through the ethical dilemma that the inventor of the bomb did.
My sympathy goes to you.  I am truly sorry for your experience.  In my case, I was in the position to go out and prove my assertations that were called "lies" by the polygrapher.  I don't even know how to suggest to you how to prove your innocence.  More importantly to me is the real issue of trust that is now irreparable.  For what it is worth, I hope you find a good source of support to help you through this traumatic experience.
  
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