Private Testing - Fidelity and Trust

From time to time, relationships can be strained to the breaking point as the result of suspicions of infidelity, betrayal and/or some other form of dishonesty. Taking the step to ask someone important to your life to participate in a polygraph test is not a step that should be taken lightly.   While polygraph testing may be a useful tool when dealing with fidelity issues, it should be your last option after other options have been exhausted; particularly the option of counseling.  It is usually the case that polygraph testing alone will not restore trust in a relationship without the inclusion of a counseling component. The person seeking to have polygraph testing done on someone else around trust issues needs to consider whether the test results of a process that is less than 100% accurate will satisfy them, or whether they will wonder if the test produced a result that was in error. If you have exhausted other means of resolving a trust issue with another person important to your life, and you are confident that the result of a polygraph exam will completely allay your fears or anxieties about the other person’s trustworthiness, Mr. Podoll would like to talk with you. Mr. Podoll will also have to talk to the person who is to be tested.

It is sometimes that case that the person whose fidelity and trust has been called into question, will, on their own initiative, want to be tested so that they can offer the person who has doubts about them independent evidence of their faithfulness or trustworthiness.  Again, you need to be confident that the person that questions your trustworthiness is likely to view the polygraph test result as something that will allay their fears or anxieties about your trustworthiness.

Test Issues and questions

The polygraph technique works very well with issues that relate to observable behaviors, but poorly, if at all, with internal non-observable mental processes such as thoughts and fantasies. Mr. Podoll knows of no research that would support the use of questions targeting internal mental processes. Some issues are to be avoided for ethical reasons. In addition, there tends to be an inverse relationship between the number issues one tries to resolve in a single test, and the test’s accuracy; more issues – less accuracy.  What this means is that, while there may be several behavioral issues that have led to a loss of trust in someone, it is desirable to select one single key behavior to target in the test.  No more that three questions targeting three different behavioral issues can be used in a single test.  When there are multiple issues targeted in a single test, the findings are much more tentative, and the results will be identified as tentative by the examiner.  When it comes to findings that you can have the greatest confidence in in terms of their accuracy of the findings is a test in which only a single issue is targeted.  Call Mr. Podoll to learn if the issues or questions you have in mind are the issues that can be resolved through polygraph testing.  Don’t bother trying to formulate the exact wording for a question to be used during testing - that is Mr. Podoll’s job.  What matters is that the test question(s) the examiner uses will be effective in resolving your issue of concern.  After discussing this matter with you, Mr. Podoll will be happy to provide you with the questions that he believes have the best chance resolving your issue so that you can review them prior to coming in for your appointment.  If you and Mr. Podoll cannot agree on the questions that will be asked in an effort to resolve your trust issue, he won’t be able to help you. NOTE: For further information, please read “Tests Issues – Screening Exams vs. Diagnostic Exams”.


A fidelity test appointment is the kind of appointment that a majority of people have trouble keeping. In nearly two out of three scheduled appointments, people fail to appear. As a result, you will be asked to provide a $50 fee at the time that an appointment is set.  If you fail to appear for your appointment, this $50 will not be refunded to you.  If you keep your appointment as agreed to, the $50 will be applied to the cost of your test.

Scheduling an appointment.

If you and Mr. Podoll have previously agreed that polygraph testing might be helpful in your particular case, you are to phone Mr. Podoll to set up an appointment with both the person whose fidelity is in question, and the person raising the question about fidelity. Again, you must provide a $50 fee prior to the date of your appointment.  It for some reason, after all parties talk face-to-face, you opt out of following through with the test session, you will not be refunded your $50.  Otherwise the $50 will be applied to the final test cost of $300.