Rational-Experiential inventory: REI (Epstein, Paccini, Denes-Raj and Heier 1996) - Statswork

Rational-Experiential inventory: REI (Epstein, Paccini, Denes-Raj and Heier 1996)

The scale of Rational-Experiential inventory: REI were created by Epstein, Paccini, Denes-Raj and Heier (1996) is a multidimensional measure using a 5-point Likert scale items ranging from completely false to completely true. This scale has two divisions, NFC (rational system) scale was totally 19 items and other FI (Faith in Intuition) (Experiential system) has 12 items. The two components are:

  • Need for recognition
  • Faith in Intuition

The above two components contain items specific to determine the modes of information processing .

The authors state:

"Cognitive-Experiential Self Theory (CEST) posits that individuals have two fundamentally different, but parallel, modes of information processing, (a) a "rational system" where the individual operates primarily at the conscious level, is intentional, analytical, primarily verbal, and relatively affect free; and (b) an "experiential system" that is more automatic, pre-conscious, holistic, associanistic, primarily nonverbal, and intimately associated with affect "


Epstein, S., Pacini, R., Denes-Raj, V., & Heier, H.

Reliability and Validity

  • Need for recognition (absence of negative overgeneralization, behavioural coping, action-orientation, consciousness, and naive optimism) – 0.87
  • Faith in Intuition (esoteric thinking (.30), belief in the unusual (.31), and formal superstition (.27)) -0.77

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University of Massachusetts

The author expressed their perception in following, with regards to REI Researchers may utilise the scale of Preference for Rational-Experiential inventory: REI (Epstein, Paccini, Denes-Raj and Heier 1996) in any proper published source.

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