However, even people’s background lives often involve other people, such as roommates, partners, and family members. In front of these people, people may not behave as prescribed by standard up-front behavior, but they may not fully relax their vigilance. People’s backstage behavior reflects the way actors perform in the backstage of theaters, in kitchens in restaurants, or in “employees-only” areas of retail stores. In most cases, a person’s behavior in the foreground is very different from the person’s behavior in the background. When someone ignores expectations for front and back behavior, it can lead to confusion, embarrassment and even controversy. Imagine if a high school principal went to school in a bathrobe and slippers, or used profanity when talking to colleagues and students. For good reasons, expectations related to foreground and background behavior affect most people working fairly hard to keep these two areas separate and different.