Nobody wants to be told to buy something. However, everyone loves a great story. Telling stories is how humans have shared knowledge, built trust and developed authority since the dawn of time.
Scientific research has shown that as a species, we are wired for stories. They can trigger emotional and physiological responses in our bodies. One study by neuroscientist Paul Zak found that a compelling narrative releases oxytocin, a chemical associated with empathy and trust. When it is released in the brain, it can influence a person’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.