My results were not conclusive as she tells everyone. I did a television show that was completely edited in a way to make myself out to look like the bad guy. Did I make a mistake? Yes. I should have never done the show. We signed papers that clarified the show is used for entertainment purposes only, and may be edited in any way the producers seem fit.
An inconclusive results means the following:
"Not leading to a firm conclusion; not ending doubt or dispute. Proving nothing; indefinite, indeterminate, unresolved, unproved, unsettled, unconfirmed."- Dictionary.com
Her boyfriend/ now husband passed it... or did he? We will never know, because we never saw the results. The host of the show, Steve Wilkos said "you failed your test"....
but as you see below- I did not.
There is endless research on the internet that demonstrates ways one can trick the test and pass it (see below a mention of this).
I was on medication for anxiety, but left it at home prior to the trip. The examiner did not question or take this into account. The American Polygraph Association states the following in the Standards Of Practice:
3.4.1 The examiner is required to make reasonable efforts to determine that the examinee is a fit
subject for testing. Basic inquiries into the medical and psychological condition of the examinee as well as any recent drug use must be made where allowed by law. Mental, physical or medical conditions of the examinee that should be observable to, or that should be reasonably known by the examiner, are required to be considered in conducting and evaluating the examination.
3.4.2 During the pretest interview, where allowed by law, the examiner is required to specifically inquire of the person to be examined whether or not he or she is currently receiving or has in the past received medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment or consultation.
3.4.3 If an examiner has a reasonable doubt concerning the ability of an examinee to safely undergo an examination, a release from the examinee and his or her physician is required.
I am on anxiety medication in which I suddenly stopped taking 3 days prior to the test because I had left it at home. The medication lists' the following side effects that occur when one suddenly stops taking the medication:
Did you know:
The polygraph pens don't do a special dance when a person lies. The polygrapher scores the test by comparing physiological responses (breathing, blood pressure, heart, and perspiration rates) to these probable-lie control questions with reactions to relevant questions such as, "Did you ever commit an act of espionage against the United States?" (commonly asked in security screening). If the former reactions are greater, the examinee passes; if the latter are greater, he fails. If responses to both "control" and relevant questions are about the same, the result is deemed inconclusive.
The test also includes irrelevant questions such as, "Are the lights on in this room?" The polygrapher falsely explains that such questions provide a "baseline for truth," because the true answer is obvious. But in reality, they are not scored at all! They merely serve as buffers between pairs of relevant and "control" questions.
The simplistic methodology used in polygraph testing has no grounding in the scientific method: it is no more scientific than astrology or tarot cards. Government agencies value it because people who don't realize it's a fraud sometimes make damaging admissions. But as a result of reliance on this voodoo science, the truthful are often falsely branded as liars while the deceptive pass through.
Perversely, the "test" is inherently biased against the truthful, because the more honestly one answers the "control" questions, and as a consequence feels less stress when answering them, the more likely one is to fail. Conversely, liars can beat the test by covertly augmenting their physiological reactions to the "control" questions. This can be done, for example, by doing mental arithmetic, thinking exciting thoughts, altering one's breathing pattern, or simply biting the side of the tongue. Truthful persons can also use these techniques to protect themselves against the risk of a false positive outcome. Although polygraphers frequently claim they can detect such countermeasures, no polygrapher has ever demonstrated any ability to do so, and peer-reviewed research suggests that they can't.