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How can I improve my relationship with my father

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Hello. Ever since I was in my early teens I have felt like I am not able to openly communicate with my dad. I don't share any information with him about anything going on in my life, we don't hug, don't tell eachother I love you or I don't ask him for help of any kind. (last time I did which was years ago when I was in college, he went off on me and I haven't asked him for a thing ever since). I am currently living with him at the moment as well, so it makes it even more difficult. We had an argument and when I was expressing how I felt, he told me to get out of the house. Even though I know it was out of anger, it still upset me. He is very nonresponsive and sometimes talks as if he knows everything. At times, he also talks down to people. He is the type of person that thinks he is always right. Being around him is like walking on eggshells. And it's not just with me, it's with our whole family. It has affected his relationship with my mother as well (they are separated) and I feel as his daughter I shouldn't have to feel this way. I understand that you can't really change people but he is retiring next year and I want to spend more time with him without feeling uncomfortable. I fear a very over the top reaction from him if I tell him how I feel so, how do I go about doing it? And I am his only child too. Thank you.

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