But narratives can also be unproductive and even harmful in certain scenarios. Consider the approach we take to individual cases within the criminal justice system. When it comes to determining who committed a specific crime, a story — real or imagined — should not govern our approach. Rather, an assessment of the facts of the particular case, relying on factors such as the quality of the information and the credibility of witnesses, must guide the process in finding the offender. Too general an approach can sweep up innocent people. Put simply, in this regard, the “general” (the narrative) approach can be the enemy of the “specific” — as in identifying the guilty party.