At a social level, stories replicate the neurological effect of attention in our individual brains. Society attends to what draws our attention, and what draws society's attention is tended.
Story is a reimagined experience narrated with enough detail and feeling to cause your listeners' imaginations to experience it as real.
n H E MOST IMPORTANT story you will ever tell is, "Who are you?" Your life is the long version of that story. Everything you have been, done, haven't done, dreamed of, will do, will be, and won't be ... is your story.
Our suspicions protect us from being duped, but it also unfairly discredits others as biased.