Inaccurate Results – False Positives, and why they occur

Inaccurate Results – False Positives are results that indicate that a subject was lying, when indeed they were not.

Inaccurate Results - False Positives

Irrespective the methodology of Lie Detecting (Polygraph or Voice Stress Analysis), the process and protocols remain the same.

Every well trained, qualified and ethical examiner will always follow a specific process to conduct either a Polygraph or Voice Stress Test.

Should this specific process not be followed, Inaccurate Results -False Positives, may result.

The specific process referred to is the following:

PRE-TEST PHASE

CONSENT:

The subject is advised that the examination process is voluntary and that their written consent is required to confirm that they are offering their full co-operation of their own free will.

SHOULD THIS STEP BE LEFT OUT, THE EXAMINER IS GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

PURPOSE:

The subject’s understanding of the purpose of the test is determined and therefore further ensures their co-operation.

FITNESS BEFORE EXAMINATION:

The subject is questioned about their physical and psychological state of health to ascertain if there are problems that could have a negative influence on responses to the examination.

SHOULD THIS STEP BE LEFT OUT, THE EXAMINER IS GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

METHODOLOGY:

The method of truth verification is described and explained in detail, so also the process that will be followed, in order for the subjects’ fears and uncertainties of what to expect, to be addressed.

SHOULD THIS STEP BE LEFT OUT, THE EXAMINER IS GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

PRE-TEST INTERVIEW:

Information regarding the subject’s personal data, medical history, and working experience is obtained.

Their understanding and value of honesty with people who trust them, is determined. This allows for the examiner to create a psychological set of Control Questions against which reaction to the Relevant Questions, are compared.

SHOULD THIS STEP BE LEFT OUT, THE EXAMINER IS GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

The questions to be asked during the test must be thoroughly explained and reviewed in this pre-test phase, and the subject must be given opportunity to respond. This is crucial to obtaining reliable results as possible misunderstanding or misinterpretations are eliminated.

SHOULD THIS STEP BE LEFT OUT, THE EXAMINER IS GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

IN-TEST PHASE
TEST PROCESS

The examiner must lead the test process following exactly the process he explained to the subject previously, as this still further engenders trust and co-operation, as well as maintaining the least levels of stress to the subject.

SHOULD THE EXAMINER NOT ADHERE, THEY ARE GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

CADENCE

The waiting period between questions differ for Polygraph and Voice Stress Analysis; the cadence between questions is precisely determined to allow for the subject’s homeostasis to return to neutral before the next question is posed to them.

SHOULD THE EXAMINER NOT ADHERE, THEY ARE GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

QUESTIONS

The Control- and Relevant Questions must be asked in exactly the same way as was previously explained in the Pre-Test phase. Should the examiner change even just one word, primarily misunderstanding and/or misinterpretation may occur, and secondary, the subject is put under undue stress.

SHOULD THE EXAMINER NOT ADHERE, THEY ARE GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

INACCURATE RESULTS – FALSE POSITIVES, AND WHY THEY OCCUR!

Inaccurate Results - False Positives

So, what is the cause of Inaccurate Results – False Positives?

THE EXAMINER BEING GUILTY OF A MAJOR BREACH OF PROTOCOL!

BREACH OF PROTOCOL

When an examiner is guilty of a major breach of protocol, meaning they did not follow the precise process they were trained to, Inaccurate Results – False Positives may be obtained.

Inaccurate Results – False Positives are the culmination of many unseen factors and occurrences, such as:

  • Should the subject’s understanding and value of honesty with people who trust them, not be determined, the psychological set of Control Questions against which reaction to the Relevant Questions are compared, will be weak. This weakness will result in low definition of reaction to Relevant Questions. Leading to Inaccurate Results – False Positives.
  • Should the questions to be asked during the test not be thoroughly explained and reviewed, and the subject not given opportunity to respond, a door is opened primarily to misunderstanding and/or misinterpretations. Secondary, the deceptive subject may choose to interpret as suits them, and their physiology will always respond accordingly. Leading to Inaccurate Results – False Positives.
  • Should the examiner not lead the test process exactly as was explained to the subject previously, undue stress and subsequent physiological reaction will occur. Leading to Inaccurate Results – False Positives.
  • Should the waiting period between questions not be adhered to, the possibility of ‘bleeding’ is created. ‘Bleeding’ is the measurement of a reaction to a previous, previous question. A delayed response if you will, because the subjects’ homeostasis (Fight or Flight) hasn’t been allowed to return to neutral. Leading to Inaccurate Results – False Positives.
  • Should the questions during the test phase not be asked in exactly the same way as was explained to the subject previously, again primarily misunderstanding and/or misinterpretation may occur, and secondary, the subject is put under undue stress and their physiology will respond accordingly. Leading to Inaccurate Results – False Positives.

In my opinion for specific case related examinations, an acceptable ratio of Lie Detecting Results is 80/20.

80% of specific tests done usually result in No Deception Indicated. The subject was being truthful when answering the Relevant Questions.

20% of specific tests done usually result in Deception Indicated. The subject was not being truthful when answering the Relevant Questions.

In my opinion also, for Periodic Screenings, this ratio changes to 90/10.

90% of Screenings done usually result in No Deception Indicated. The subject was being truthful when answering the Relevant Questions.

10% of Screenings done usually result in Deception Indicated. The subject was not being truthful when answering the Relevant Questions.

This ratio indicates that your Honesty Management Program is successful, ie. Employees accept the parameters for proper conduct and understand the consequences when they do not.

Further, in my opinion, no ratio applies to Pre-employment Tests.

CONSEQUENCES OF INACCURATE RESULTS -FALSE POSITIVES,AND OUR tool to determine if you have ground to demand a re-test

When an employee’s results from a Lie Detecting Test returns as Deception Indicated, usually the consequences are dire.

Immediately trust between employee and employer is broken down. Further, the employee will be put on or remain suspended from work, until an investigation is completed. I do not need to explain the implication of that.

The worst consequence of Inaccurate Results – False Positives, in my view, is that the Lie Detection Industry and examiners lose the trust of their clients and subjects.

Reliability and accuracy is more important than affordability – choose your examiner wisely, re-evaluate your trust in their service regularly.

If you suspect that Inaccurate Results – False Positives are being reported because the above ratios no longer apply for you, download our Questionnaire here, to be completed by your employees who have been subjected to a Lie Detecting test, if all the answers aren’t YES, you may have ground to demand a Re-Test. Inform your current examiner and then use another examiner.

Also, look out for my next blog post on Re-Tests.

Reference: My training and experience over the last 11 years.

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Best price for your Lie Detecting Test

In tough economic times like these, we all need to be wizards at cost-cutting. Bringing down existing expenditure and getting the best price can be done by calling the Provider and insisting on a discount or any other cost-cutting measure you can think of.

It helps to speak up.

For future expenditure, getting the best price for your Lie Detecting Test, is no exception.

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Here are some ‘Secrets’ I’ve put together to help you negotiate your way to getting the Best Price for Lie Detecting without compromising on Reliability and Accuracy.

Secrets to getting the best price for your Lie Detecting Test

  • First Secret – Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Relying on advertised figures can be a costly mistake. If you do see a competitive price, mention it to the competition. But also remember that you get what you pay for.
  • Second Secret – Ask what discount is available especially related to your specific need. If you are needing many tests done, to gauge general deviant behavior, to get the best price request a quantity discount.
  • Third Secret – Go straight to the top. Ask to speak to the business owner/senior examiner, as they have more authority to negotiate.
  • Fourth Secret – Pursue package deals. For your big projects of Periodic Screenings or Pre-employments, try to get the extras thrown in, such as a Call-out-Fee, Report Fee, Day Fee etc.
  • Fifth Secret – Be flexible. Small changes can make a big difference in price and time. It’s smart to consider one methodology over another so choosing between Polygraph or Voice Stress, depending on your requirements is a good idea for saving time and money. Also, the technique used for the tests may be priced differently, ask to make sure you get the best price.
  • Sixth Secret – Be willing to switch service providers. In the Truth Verification Industry client/examiner loyalty is becoming a thing of the past. Just because you have been making use of X’s Services for 5 years, doesn’t mean that Y won’t provide you with better service.
  • Seventh Secret – Push yourself beyond your (city) limits. You may possibly get a better price per test while the Call-out-Fee may be more expensive per kilometre, but the saving on the test price (if you have large group to be tested) may just come in lower overall.
  • Eighth Secret – Get on the hot list. Join the mailing lists of your favorite Lie Detecting Company (if they have one like us). Not only will you receive informative blog posts like this, you’ll receive advance notice of discounted rates.
  • Ninths Secret – Search cyberspace for Lie Detecting discounts. Any Company worth their salt will use Google Ads to offer discount.
  • Tenth Secret – Buy in bulk. Group all your annual tests together if possible, or at least bi-annually. This way you can ask for bulk testing discount.
  • Eleventh Secret – Try some teamwork. When you have some tests that need to be done, invite your neighbouring businesses to join in and ask for bulk discount this way.
  • Twelfth Secret – Get estimates in writing. And, compare your quoted figures with final invoiced figures.
  • Thirteenth Secret – Hunt for hidden charges. Some Lie Detecting Companies may quote very low on the per-test price but do not mention other fees until it is too late and they appear on your invoice.
  • Fourteenth Secret – Offer same-day payment for further discount. Usually payment is requested immediately, yet clients only settle towards the end of the following month. You may be handsomely rewarded for offering immediate settlement once the project is complete. Make sure you keep to this settlement agreement, should you not you may be hit with a revised, increased invoice.
  • Fifteenth Secret – When you get a bill, don’t focus only on the bottom line. Scan every item for erroneous charges.
  • Sixteenth Secret – Save on the Call-out-Fee. Go to examiner or hire/borrow a venue close to the Lie Detecting Companies’ office. On bulk testing, ask that the COF be included in the test fee.
  • Seventeenth Secret – Ask if a Sliding Scale of fees is available – the more you do, the cheaper each test becomes.
  • Eighteenth Secret – Sign a Retainer Agreement with guaranteed test figures/prices that are applicable for an agreed period of time. As this is the preferred type of client, your Service Provider will do everything they can to give you the best price.
Getting the best price for Lie Detecting
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Stop Dishing up that Can of Bullshit

If I tell a painful but necessary truth, I take the risk of not being liked, being resented, or worse, rejected. And, most of the time we distort the truth in order to manipulate, and through manipulation we control. Therefore we lie. In other words, dishing up the proverbial can of Bullshit.

Telling the Truth is hard, and we give up control of other people, yet there is incredible power in the truth and is necessary for a fulfilling life.

As easy as Lying is, I say Stop Dishing up that Can of Bullshit!

Let me share with you why you should cease with the Bullshit already!

  • First of all truth allows for change and growth – No change is possible without knowing the truth; I cannot change something in myself if I’m not aware that it is there and needs to be changed.
  • Telling the Truth brings you peace of mind – It speaks of integrity, exposes your deeper values and hence you are a good friend, partner, parent or colleague.
  • Further more telling the Truth is a sign of love – Really caring for friends and family we must be willing to tell them what they don’t want to hear.
  • Truth earns respect – When you consistently tell the truth others will seek you out when needing feedback and listen.
  • Truth creates deeper connections – Telling the truth makes us vulnerable, this will encourage your friends and family to be open their hearts too.

Bullshit free Zone

In Conclusion

Bullshit has a definite fragrance that people can smell when it comes their way.

Truth is power, with it we live in integrity and when we deliver it with love, people won’t get defensive and your consideration will be appreciated.

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Get Over That Lie

Have you been deceived in one way or another and struggling to Get Over That Lie?

It is devastating when we have been deceived by a spouse, partner, family member, business partner or employee; we’ve put our trust into this person and feel betrayed and hurt. Even worse, we feel responsible.

Honesty-Humility

“Researchers have studied this tendency and labelled it Honesty-Humility,” says Notre Dame Professor Anita Kelly, Ph.D., in a Psychology Today blog post. “Individuals high on this trait are sincere, modest, fair-minded, and non-greedy. They do not exploit others, even when there would be no retaliation for doing so. Individuals at the low end of this trait, on the other hand, are dishonest, haughty, and arrogant. They lack empathy and exploit others.”

The more decent we are, the easier it is for manipulators to deceive. “There is recent evidence that honest people tend to see others, particularly close others, as more honest than they actually are,” Kelly writes. We give liars the benefit of the doubt by believing that others are like us. The opposite also true; Liars believe others to be as dishonest as they are, “and thus see even honest partners as deserving to be exploited.”

This combination is lethal, and in addition dishonest people spent a lot of time learning how to be trustworthy.

In conclusion, the chances of an honest person being taken for a ride, taken advantage of and lied to are very high. When this happens, how to move on?

How to Get Over That Lie?

  • Relax

When you’ve been taken advantage of by a talented liar or master manipulator, it just means you’re honest.

  • Forgive yourself for being fooled.

The responsibility for the harm done is not yours.

  • Don’t give a known liar the benefit of the doubt.

A consistent liar may not become truthful just because their deception has been exposed, not even when they have confessed voluntarily.

Be a step ahead of the game, learn the facial expressions, phrases and behaviours that usually signal a lie.

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  • Check things out.

Ask for corroboration of a statement such as references, bank account statements, the chance to do an on-site inspection, or other independent verification. Further, if someone invites you to check out their references, past history, or anything else, always take them up on it, and REALLY do it!

  • Trust is earned.

Trust should not be automatic, let your trust be earned by action as opposed to word only.

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If you’ve been challenged by lies and deceit, don’t allow yourself to wallow in the negativity.  Breathe. Take stock. Learn from the experience and move on.

 

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HR Warning!

Consider lie detecting to confront misconduct but be sure of all the facts before you commit to the process and heed this HR Warning!

HR Warning! Collect information

HR Warning! 1; Collect as much information about the incident as possible because this guides you to who to include in the investigation. Testing any employees unnecessarily may lead to a breakdown in trust and therefore communication in the workplace.

HR Warning! Follow the process

HR Warning! 2; Follow a process of inviting all identified employees to interviews aimed at establishing the facts. If any employee refuses to attend, charge them with the lesser offence of ‘failing or refusing to obey a lawful and reasonable instruction’. Or, possibly even with ‘failing or refusing to cooperate in a workplace investigation’.

HR warning

HR Warning! Beware

  • A lie detecting test is not a requirement, rather consent is given in writing.
  • No discrimination and threats may be made.
  • Only questions previously discussed and understood will be used.
  • In addition, they may request an interpreter or any person to attend the examination. This person may not interfere with the process.
  • It is note worthy that a negative result indicates deception rather than being guilty of the crime.
  • Results of Voice Stress Analysis or Polygraph is used as secondary evidence only.
  • Other primary evidence is required.
  • Especially relevant make sure your disciplinary procedures are correct and therefore complete.
  • In conclusion confirm with your examiner that they are willing and able to give expert evidence of the tests’ reliability and accuracy to conclude your case at the CCMA.

What has been your experience, do you have any other HR warning to share?

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McBride challenges Mokotedi to a Lie Detector Test

What I experienced when Robert McBride challenged Prince Mokotedi to a lie detector test.

December 2016 offered the opportunity to be involved in the well-known McBride Lie Detector Challenge with Mokotedi.

Gauteng Hawks head Prince Mokotedi leveled allegations of treason, conspiracy to murder and espionage against a group who allegedly plotted to cause the downfall of the president. McBride among others, was named in an affidavit containing these allegations that was used to open a docket on Monday 2016-12-12.

He responded by challenging Mokotedi to a Lie Detector Test who accepted initially but subsequently refused.

McBride submitted himself for a Lie Detector Test.

The mandate from our client was to determine whether any of the allegations made against McBride as described in Mokotedi’s affidavit, were true. The copy of the affidavit received had no Commissioner of Oath signature, nor the signature of Mokotedi. It was confirmed to be the affidavit used by Mokotedi to inform those concerned of the docket that was opened, and was the only copy available.

This presented the necessity to first authenticate the affidavit.

At our request McBride signed a statement confirming the affidavit in our possession to be a true and unaltered copy of Mokotedi’s affidavit. The veracity of McBride’s statement was then determined by our examiner Dolph Visagie. This initial Polygraph examination indicated a result of No Deception:  The examinee was truthful when answering the Relevant Questions of;

  1. (NO) “Did you lie in this statement?”
  2. (NO) “Is this statement a lie?”

Only then we were able to turn our attention to our mandate.

A second Polygraph was conducted with McBride indicating No Deception:  The examinee was truthful when answering the Relevant Questions of;

  1. (NO) “Are any of the allegation in that affidavit true?”
  2. (NO) “Are you in anyway involved in any of the allegations in that affidavit?”
  3. (NO) “Do you know for sure who is involved in any of the allegations in that affidavit?”

So, what did I experience as a professional from this McBride Lie Detector Test?

  • No Polygraph can be public. We insisted on the examination taking place in private and at a neutral venue. We rented the testing facility at the Omega Training Academy; a big thank you to our hosts Wessel Kritzinger and Roy Rawlins.
  • An examinee is an examinee. McBride was subjected to the Polygraphs strictly following protocol, there was no preferential treatment.
  • The client is the only recipient of the results. Despite pressure from the media, results remain confidential and are reported to the client only. This blog post was published with permission.

 And, on the lighter side I experienced that:

  • There is no such thing as time off in the Lie Detecting Industry
  • Reporters wear very casual clothes but have a stylish jacket on hand
  • Notorious/Famous Celebrities can fluster ordinary folks
  • Notorious/Famous Celebrities are just people too

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Question that Must be Asked

In my experience, when employers call us in for Pre-employment Voice Stress or Polygraph examinations, they mistakenly leave out a very important question in the belief that their background checks will provide the necessary information.

Our Advice on That Question

My advice is do not leave this question out. Because the prospective employee’s deviant behavior may not have been recorded anywhere, they may still have been involved; directly, indirectly or have knowledge.

And, the Question, I hear you ask…

Our Answer – What that Question is

Did you ever commit any crime?

Pre-employment Question to be asked
stolen bicycle

Percentage Crime not Reported

According to our acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, the crime situation in South Africa has improved, with seven of the country’s provinces showing an overall decrease in crime.

But, in my opinion people have given up on reporting crimes to the police.

More than half of SA’s crimes not reported

According to Dr Jackie de Wet, from the criminology and forensic studies department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the under-reporting of crime is known as the ‘Iceberg Effect’;  where only 20 percent is known, the other 80 percent unknown, but it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

From a report; Victims of Crime Survey compiled by Statistics SA that was based on 31 000 households across all provinces, Dr. Jackie says “These figures, not confirmed or disqualified, would suggest the trend in South African society of crimes being under-reported.”

It must be noted that 3 murders went unreported every day.

While I sincerely hope your future employees are NOT connected to crime in anyway; it is always best to check, AND a ‘CrimCheck’ is not enough!

Reference: Victims of Crime Survey

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Your Own Hotline

What information would you receive if you had Your Own Hotline?

Imagine receiving information vital to the success of your business. Confidential information via your own independent, anonymous HOTLINE!

National Voice Stress & Polygraph Network offer you insight into moods, opinions and operation of employees and customers and also suppliers. This insight will come to you by means of whistle blowing, an indispensable management tool.

Whistle blowing by means of your Own Hotline
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Those who know what you do not, have a safe avenue through which they can communicate. As a result they do so without the fear of negative consequences. And therefore you are at the receiving end of this vital information.

In conclusion a Hotline together with Lie Detecting Country Wide by means of Voice Stress Analysis & Polygraph, you now have more crime & fraud prevention at your disposal. Finally, your own dedicated link to important information communicated to you, anonymously.

Can you continue without knowing what you should, rather, should you?

Call Henriette on 082 727 2153 or email today henriette@vsapoly.co.za and let’s talk about how we can ensure vital information is channeled to where it should be!

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Tell the Truth and Profit

Is it possible to Tell the Truth and Profit?

To Tell the Truth is an American television panel game show created by Bob Stewart and produced by Goodson-Todman Productions. It aired in various forms since 1956 both on networks and in syndication.  The show is one of two game shows in the United States to have aired at least one new episode in at least seven consecutive decades, as of June 14, 2016.

A total of 26 seasons of the various versions of To Tell the Truth have been produced including the 2016 version, and this subsequently surpasses the 25 of What’s My Line? and the 20 of I’ve Got a Secret.

A way to tell the Truth and Profit
To Tell the Truth Game Show set

A way To Tell the Truth and Profit? I say!!

The show features a panel of four celebrities whose object is the correct identification of a described contestant who has an unusual occupation or has undergone an unusual experience. This ‘central character’ is therefore accompanied by two impostors who pretend to be the central character; together, the three persons are said to belong to a ‘team of challengers’.

The celebrity panelists pose questions to the three contestants; the impostors are allowed to lie, but the central character is sworn “to tell the truth.”

After questioning, the panel attempts to identify which of the three challengers is telling the truth and is thus the central character.

I first came across this game show while watching a Leonardo Di Caprio movie – Catch Me if you Can

Tell the Truth and Profit
Tell the Truth Frank Abagnale Jr

This was a movie depicting the life story of Frank William Abagnale Jr.  I was impressed by this young man’s ability to be whoever he wanted to be, albeit fraudulently, without being caught.  Of course he was caught in the end, and, because he was so good at fraud, he was hired to catch others!

 Has Telling the Truth brought you Profit?

 Sources & Citations – Wikipedia

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