The Rational-Experiential Inventory (REI) measures the degree to which people are rational and intuitive (experiential). This rationality and intuition test is based on the theory that there are two ways we process information when solving problems or making decisions.
The first type of thinking is fast and intuitive, called System 1 thinking. The other type is slow, deliberative, analytical, and rational i.e. System 2 thinking. We use both types of thinking depending on the situation but some of us have a greater propensity to be rational while others are more likely to use intuition.
This test makes use of four sub-scales:
- Rational Ability: The degree to which being rational is part of your personality.
- Rational Engagement: The degree to which you prefer making decisions using rational thinking.
- Experiential Ability: Measures to what extent being intuitive is a part of your personality.
- Experiential Engagement: The extent to which you use intuition to solve problems.
Taking the test
The test consists of 40 items, each having five choices ranging from Definitely false to Definitely true. Choose the option that most applies to you. Your results will only be displayed to you and won’t be stored in our database.
Pacini, R., & Epstein, S. (1999). The relation of rational and experiential information processing styles to personality, basic beliefs, and the ratio-bias phenomenon. Journal of personality and social psychology, 76(6), 972.
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