Jealousy and suspicions of infidelity are two of the most common issues couples face. These feelings can generate a great deal of pain, resentment, and conflict in a relationship. If you are struggling with these issues, you might have wondered if the polygraph could be a useful tool for resolving them.

The Polygraph Beyond Sensationalist TV
In recent years, the image of the polygraph as a scientific tool has often been distorted by its portrayal in certain television programs, pejoratively labeled as “trash TV.” In these scenarios, the polygraph is presented more as an entertainment tool than a serious diagnostic instrument. It is characterized by the use of poorly structured questionnaires and an endless array of questions that seek more spectacle than truth. This superficial and sometimes manipulative treatment has contributed to a distorted perception of this technology and its true capacity.
Contrary to these media representations, the authentic and scientific use of the polygraph, especially in areas such as resolving couple conflicts due to jealousy or suspicions of infidelity, is meticulous and thoughtful. The polygraph test, when administered by trained professionals, is based on rigorous methodologies. It involves the preparation of a limited set of carefully formulated questions that seek specific and measurable responses, not confusion or sensationalism.
In this blog, we will explore how the polygraph can be effectively and respectfully employed to address delicate issues of trust and truth within the dynamics of a couple, proposing a path towards reconciliation and mutual understanding through science.

How Can the Polygraph Help Resolve Couple Conflicts?
The polygraph can be a useful tool for resolving couple conflicts due to jealousy and infidelity in several ways:
It can help identify the truth. If a couple disagrees on something, a polygraph test can help determine who is telling the truth. This can be especially useful in cases of infidelity, where one person may deny having done something they have done.
It can deter people from lying. Knowing that they will undergo a polygraph test can deter people from lying to their partner. This is because they know it is likely they will be caught.
It can help restore trust. If a couple has been struggling with jealousy and infidelity, a polygraph test can help restore trust. This is because it can help prove that a person is honest and faithful.

Practical Cases of How the Polygraph Can Help Resolve Couple Conflicts in the Digital Age
In the digital age, social media, instant messaging apps, and other online platforms have transformed the way we communicate and interact with others. While these tools can be useful for staying connected with friends and family, they can also generate jealousy and distrust in couples.

Jealousy over social media interactions:
Concern about the amount of time the partner spends on social media.
Jealousy over the interactions that the partner has with other people on social media.
Suspicion that the partner is flirting or talking with other people online.

Jealousy over affinity with other people:
Jealousy when the partner spends time with friends or family.
Suspicion that the partner feels attraction towards another person.
Fear of being replaced by someone else.

Jealousy over hiding or deleting content from the mobile phone:
Concern about what the partner is doing on their mobile phone.
Suspicion that the partner is hiding something.
Fear that the partner is talking to someone else in secret.

Distortion of reality perception due to pathologies:
In some cases, jealousy may be related to pathologies such as delusional jealousy disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. In these cases, the person may have a distorted perception of reality and see threats where there are none.

How drugs and alcohol foster insecurity:
The consumption of alcohol and drugs, such as amphetamines or cocaine, is linked to the appearance of paranoid jealousy, deeply affecting personal relationships. This phenomenon is especially manifested in people with predispositions to mental disorders or those who, under the influence of these substances, misinterpret innocent actions as evidence of infidelity.

Relationship between substance use and paranoid jealousy:
People who consume these substances may develop irrational beliefs of betrayal and disloyalty by their partner. This paranoia can lead to severe conflicts, and in extreme cases, to aggressive behaviors.
The deterioration of sexual function and cognitive abilities due to substance abuse exacerbates the insecurity and distrust between couples. The paranoia fueled by these insecurities often translates into suspicions of non-existent infidelities.

Practical case example:
Couple: Anna and Juan (relationship over a year).
Problem: Anna suspects that John is chatting with another woman online. John denies these accusations.
Anna and Juan decide to undergo a polygraph test to determine if Juan is being honest.

Polygraph questionnaire for John:
Are you 36 years old?
Do you understand that the questions in this test are intimate and that the result may affect your relationship with Anna?
Are we today in [insert city]?
In the last year, have you hidden personal information from someone important to avoid a conflict?
In the last year, have you chatted with someone online in a romantic or sexual manner outside your relationship with Anna?
Have you ever lied to protect someone’s feelings?
Have you hidden or deleted messages from your phone or social media so Anna would not see them?
Have you had any type of sexual relations with someone other than your girlfriend Anna in the last _____ months?
Have you ever hidden something trivial from someone close to you?
Do you have romantic or sexual feelings for someone other than Anna currently?
Are you sure that the polygraph will not detect any lies in your previous answers?

Solution: The polygraph test reveals that John is telling the truth and that he has not been unfaithful to Anna. This helps restore trust between Anna and Juan.

The polygraph can be a valuable tool for resolving couple conflicts in the digital age. However, it is highly recommended to use the polygraph in combination with psychological therapy to address the underlying causes of jealousy and distrust.