Our expert says:
Interesting observation. If you are aware of this, you can change it. You must be aware that it is annoying and probably less effective than just asking, like an adult. Maybe right now it seems to work, and some people may think it's cute, but you're close to the point at which it will be seen as grotesque and highly annoying ( ever seen the movie Whatever Happned to Baby Jane ? ) I'm sure your father did love you, buty some people, especially men, find it very hard to show love to others.
I'm surprised you wish to avoid CBT --- if you've tried it without luck ( or maybe you never mentioned this bad habit ) then maybe you saw someone who just wasn't very good at doing it right.
Work on this with the right person, and with your own good motivaion, and you can start to enjoy being adult and being taken seriously
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