Day time television and crime dramas would not be the same without the existence of lie detector tests. Whether it is finding out that Mike’s best friend is the real father of his child or that the Russian spy already knew the nuclear warheads were in the basement, lie detectors make incredibly exciting viewing. What about in real life? Despite facing a lot of criticism over the validity of results, lie detectors tests are still used today in criminal findings, research and occasionally in job interviews. If you have a sordid past or simply want to keep your secrets to yourself then you need some tips to pass a lie detector test if the need should ever arise. Read on to find out how.
The first thing to understand is how lie detectors tests work. To put it simply you are asked numerous types of questions, some as simple as your name others as difficult as to where were you when your ex was murdered. The examiner will ask you to deliberately lie to some base questions so that he or she can determine a baseline. This means a reading on how you act in terms of heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, perspiration and maybe brain activity. The examiner will establish a behavior for lies and truths. This can be difficult to fool as it is hard to control all of these factors.
Movies often have elaborate ways to defeat the test, for example putting a thumbtack inside your shoe so that you are in pain throughout all responses and your readings don’t make sense. This could work but is unlikely to fool all the measurements. The solution to fooling the lie detector is not to try to beat it in a game of poker by bluffing but to act like you don’t know how to play poker at all!
In reality, there are two ways to beat the test. One is to be totally zen throughout, the other is to be totally erratic throughout. For most people remaining zen when they have something to hide is too hard, but being erratic could be easy. Make sure you are erratic even in the baseline questions so that your results just make no sense.
Be careful with this approach, if you are accused of a crime the results will likely not be useful. If you are trying to get a job deliberately throwing off an exam will likely be frowned upon. Use these new tools wisely.