Ever find yourself in a situation where a bunch of people are talking, but they're not saying ANYTHING? Sure you have, it happens all the time, all around you!
Those times where you're with a group of people, and no one is speaking authentically or directly. It's like a cloud of inference. Every time is rains, you're supposed to read between the droplets and decide what this person is really saying without saying it.
Think about how you interact with those around you. Consider that often times, you're interacting with them through the lens of your own defense mechanism(s). So you may not say exactly what you want to say, you might respond in a way you'd rather not -- all while making sure the other person is comfortable.
We spend so much time appeasing others, but we don't spend enough time being authentic and present with others. We tell people what we think they want to hear. Most of the time IT'S NOT. Get real with people! I'm not saying you strip down all your walls and just be a sharp shooter, but what I am saying is that you can absolutely be authentic with people with out "hurting anyone's feelings".
If you find yourself in a group setting today, bring forth your authenticity. I encourage you go to beneath the surface and get to a depth that is real and authentic. That's when conversations actually start to happen. It's okay to peel off your mask.