I grew up with a lot of science, engineering and teaching in the family; I think the combination fostered creativity, tenacity, empathy and a sense of quiet confidence.
My family and family-by-choice are very important to me. They bring out the best in me, and I'm madly in love with my nephew. But if you lack compassion for people, we really have very little to talk about.
INTJ, if you're into that sort of thing.