In every polygraph the first two questions will always be:
1. Is this the month of _________?
This question will not be looked at for truth or lie. It has nothing to do with a baseline. It is there because many people react to whatever is first. Perhaps they think it might hurt? The first question is always an ice breaker and nothing more.
2. Are you going to tell even one lie on this test?
The rest of the questions will be written with you, for your specific situation. You will have opportunities to change the way the questions are worded.
The list of questions will be asked three times, with rest breaks between each time. During the first rest break liars often ask, "How did I do?" The polygraph examiner should never affect the rest of the examination by saying, or even hinting, that it already looks truthful or deceptive.
The examiner will pause about 30 seconds between each question. The examiner will often change the order in which the questions are asked, but no new or different questions will be added without your permission.
The important part of the polygraph does not happen in the computer or in your body. It happens in your mind. A lie detector test is a procedure that you will have to make work, with concentration and effort. You will have to put aside all distractions. Forget what you think a polygraph should be like and concentrate on the directions on this page.
Again, remember polygraph is not a nervous detector. Most truthful people feel nervous and uncomfortable, so do not even try to relax. Liars are trying to control their bodies, trying to prevent any physical change when they lie. Liars try to put their minds in a peacful faraway place. The harder a person tries to relax, tries to slow down their hearts, the more suspicious, the more phony the polygraph looks.
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