The same phrase can have two very different meanings. It depends on the context. 'Tell me your story'. When I am cross-examining a witness at a hearing the phrase insinuates incredulity if not outright disbelief. Plus the phrase refers to one small incident, excluding the rest of the witness' life. When I am at Oasis it is an inquiry expressing genuine interest. It calls for the person to share what is important to them. It includes their entire life. In one context the phrase tears down. In the other it builds up. I am trying to use the phrase in the latter way much more now.