Energy displacement is any body language that burns energy in order to create relief. Someone that is nervous or excited will find relief in rubbing their legs with their hands called “leg cleansing”, or they might rub their hands together or stroke an object vigorously. Leg cleansing is a gesture that usually goes unnoticed because it happens underneath the table, but an astute observer will see the upper body move characteristically giving it away. Self touching isn’t always related to “energy displacement,” although in this case it is. Energy displacement means the same thing as stress motivated energy burning. It is the burning of energy that provides a trickle release that occupies the mind and produces soothing neurochemicals.
People burn energy by tapping fingers and toes, pacing, rubbing their hands together, they will pull and pinch their faces, pull at ears, smooth out clothing and so forth.