Our culture tilts its reward system toward extroverts. Natch. Extroverts comprise 75 percent of the population. Extroverts define and animate civilization’s breadth dimension. Introverts, the psychological spear-carriers for depth, are in a distinct minority. So, yes, things are wobbly now.
“I gang my own gait and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties I have never lost an obstinate sense of detachment, of the need for solitude–a feeling which increases with the years.” Albert Einstein
Ego is not a swollen arrogance, although it can be that. It can also be shyness—inviting attention in order to reject it. Ego is a trickster.