I have seen this kind of situation a lot on movies, video games, comics and other media. Basically Alice and Bob are having a very serious, heated and hostile argument, involving a lot of shouting and even physical force. There are no hints that romantic and sexual activities could even take place. Then while they are in the middle of intense arguing, suddenly things get quiet for a few seconds. And after that Alice and Bob start kissing and making out.

What is the psychological explanation for this kind of situation (or "trope")? Why could an argument turn into a make out session? Does this happen in real life or it's just another writer's device?

This is an article that describes the "trope"

This is an example of this "trope" on a TV show

Another example, involving slapping

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome and thanks for your post. What makes you think this phenomenon has scientific meaning? $\endgroup$ – AliceD Feb 8 at 8:45
  • $\begingroup$ @AliceD I'm a non-native speaker, I might misunderstand your question. Could you rephrase it? As far as I've understood, this phenomenon happens a lot in media so I wonder if there is a psychological explanation behind it. $\endgroup$ – MattCat15 Feb 8 at 11:01
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    $\begingroup$ Not every occurring phenomenon shown in the media may have a definition, or a name, let alone a scientific underpinning $\endgroup$ – AliceD Feb 8 at 11:30
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    $\begingroup$ I wouldn't brush it off with "not scientific" gatekeeping.. It has surfaced in all sorts of unconnected cultures. Just because we can't scientifically prove something in a natural science does not make that the phenomenon is non-existent. I think its something close to why people tend to say 'makeup sex' is very arousing.. The heightened aggression and animosity is channeled into a sexual energy.. I'm sure some people in lab coats would disagree.. $\endgroup$ – DMin Feb 8 at 11:48
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    $\begingroup$ @DMin - we get a lot of questions where all sorts of observations are thrown on the site with the question whether there's a scientific name for it, or whether it's been investigated anywhere. I'm not trying brushing it off and I'm not gatekeeping either. I'm just kindly asking for the underlying motivation why the phenomenon should have scientific grounds. No more, no less. The current framing is based on TV clips only. Solid backgrounds attract high quality answers. I don't have an answer to the question, nor whether is has scientific meaning in any way. Just asking for clarifications. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Feb 8 at 12:21

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