The vantage point, or stance, from which a story is told, the eye and mind through which the action is perceived and filtered; sometimes called narrative perspective. There are two general narrative points of view, first person (I) and third person (he, she, they), which depend on whether the narrator stands inside the story or outside of it. Employing a first-person point of view has several advantages. One of these is credibility. A strange or fantastic story is easier to believe if told by someone who is supposedly relating to a firsthand experience. Another advantage is intimacy. The "I" narrator seems to address the reader directly and from the heart, sharing his personal observations and insights with an interested listener. But first-person narration also has disadvantages. The reader can see, hear, and know only what the narrator sees, hears, and knows. The reader must form an opinion indirectly, evaluating what the narrator says, thinks, and does.